Saturday, October 29, 2016

Video tutorial on how to pair the Nikon Keymission 360 with your iPhone / iOS

I wanted to supplement my previous post on pairing the Nikon Keymission 360.  Here's a video showing exactly how to do it on an iPhone.

I'm going to do a separate video for Android.

New sample videos from Nikon
Free accessory pack with preorders

How to pair / connect the Nikon Keymission 360 with your iOS or Android smartphone

I just got my Keymission 360 and one of the first things I tried was to pair it a phone, because I've heard a lot people having trouble with it.  Yes, it is more challenging than on other devices, but it is doable.  And more importantly, it is much simpler to reconnect after the initial pairing.

UPDATE: added a video tutorial for iPhone (see below).  I will add a video tutorial for Android later.
10/30 update: added a video tutorial for Android (see below).

Friday, October 28, 2016

Ricoh Theta's updated with new viewing options

Ricoh updated the cloud service for the Ricoh Theta S.  Now the display can be changed from mirror ball (spherical), to little planet, to flat (equirectangular), or straight (rectilinear).

Nikon Keymission 360 Wi-Fi connectivity problems might be fixed with iOS update

Several people have complained about not being able to pair their Nikon Keymission 360 with their smartphone.  Fortunately, there might be a simple solution, at least for iOS users.

Nikon updates Keymission 360/170 app to fix bugs

The Nikon Keymission 360 was just launched a couple of days ago, but Nikon has already issued an update to the SnapBridge 360/170 app used for controlling the Keymission 360.  The update is to "fix some minor bugs," however Nikon did not clarify what the bugs were.  I don't know yet if any of them address the problems raised by some users.  I should receive my Keymission today and I plan to test for those issues.

Nikon Keymission 360 sample videos from users

We've seen sample videos posted by Nikon from the Nikon Keymission 360.  Here are some videos from users.  You can click on the upper left corner to skip to another video on the playlist:

ePhotozine reviews the Nikon Keymission 360; rates it 4 out of 5 stars

The Nikon Keymission 360 was officially released yesterday, and is the first 360 camera to come from one of the two largest camera companies.  One of the first reviews is from photography website ePhotozine, which rated the Keymission 4 out of 5 stars.  Check out the review here.


Free accessory pack with preorders

"Invisible" is a 6-part sci-fi thriller VR miniseries that showcases VR storytelling

"Invisible" is a 6-part sci-fi thriller miniseries in VR.  It's directed by Doug Liman, director and producer of movies such as The Swingers, The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.  Invisible is in 3D 360 video, with 360-degree Dolby Atmos sound.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Here are the amazing winners of Sketchfab's VR artwork contest

Check out the incredible winning entries from Sketchfab's VR artwork contest!

Frenemies: interdependencies among VR competitors, competition between VR allies

Out of necessity, a desire to hedge, or perhaps greed, VR companies are simultaneously collaborating while competing with each other.  Here are four pairs of strange bedfellows, and one threesome. 

Early problems with the Nikon Keymission 360

Some users have already received their Nikon Keymission 360, and they're encountering problems.  Here are some of the issues that they're talking about:

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Gamestop says Playstation VR sales exceeded their expectations; more units to be available

Gamestop said that sales of the Playstation VR (reviewed here) have exceeded their expectations.

A day after launch, Gamestop's COO had said that they expected the Playstation VR to be sold out by the first weekend.  The Launch Bundle is sold out almost everywhere, and the Core headset is sold out at Amazon, but the Core headset and some Gamestop bundles appear to be available at  Nonetheless, in a press release today, Gamestop said that the Playstation VR sales "exceeded their early expectations" and they have ordered additional units for the holiday.

In-depth review of the Playstation VR and a comparison with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Samsung Gear VR
Playstation VR is convincing even skeptics and nongamers who try it
Playstation VR Launch Bundle now sold out at most retailers
Playstation VR units delivered early; early impressions from actual users
Are you still on the fence?  Here's more hype from actual Playstation VR users!

Nikon Keymission 360 sample 360 timelapse video

Here is a sample 360-degree timelapse video from the Nikon Keymission 360, captured by JP Photo and Video (be sure to change the resolution to 4k)

What do you think of the video?

Meanwhile, I'm still waiting for my order.  I ordered mine from B & H Photo, and they said the order was delayed because they received the cameras today but the free accessory pack hasn't arrived.  To expedite the shipping, they split up my order and upgraded the shipping to 1 day at no cost.  Hopefully I'll get it soon.  At least one reader who ordered from Amazon said that his order was due to arrive today (release day in the US).

Free accessory pack with preorders

Original replacement face pads for Samsung Gear VR soon to be available

Samsung will soon be offering replacement facepads for the Samsung Gear VR.  The replacement pads work on both the Consumer Edition and the 2016 edition. However, it probably won't work on the older Innovator Edition, which uses a smaller facepad:

2016 edition on top, innovator edition at the bottom

Here is the link.  The page doesn't show the price yet.

Vivepaper: HTC Vive enhances newspaper and printed media with AR

HTC announced a new service that will enhance print media with a form of augmented reality. 

Microsoft announces its VR headset: 6 degrees of freedom, no external sensors, $299

     At today's #MicrosoftEvent , Microsoft announced their own VR headset which has inside-out positional tracking, providing six degrees of freedom without external sensors and a price as low as $299.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Valve adds asynchronous reprojection to HTC Vive

     Valve has updated the HTC Vive's SteamVR software to add its version of asynchronous timewarp.

VR can bring out the worst or best in people

photo by u/HollowedRecords
It seems that VR can sometimes bring out either the worst or the best in people. ​A woman who was playing a multiplayer VR game was harassed, while VR users on the PSVR and PS4 subreddits raised money to give a Playstation 4 and a Playstation VR to a young man with cerebral palsy.

REVIEW: Sony Playstation VR in-depth review and comparison with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Samsung Gear VR

     The Sony Playstation VR could be the first VR system that is truly adopted by the masses.  Unlike Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR, it provides "full" VR with positional tracking (6 degrees of freedom).  But at the same time, it is more affordable than the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, and with over 40 million Playstation 4 owners, it has the largest number of potential users among desktop VR systems.  But does it really deliver good quality VR with relatively modest hardware?  Should you buy it?

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hands-on impressions of Google Daydream: "Beats Gear VR easily"

Google Daydream is launching in November, and tech blogger Mike Cane got to demo it.

Instagram is working on adding support for spherical 360 photos and videos

While Instagram's parent company Facebook has been quick to adopt support for 360 videos and photos, Instagram has thus far not supported 360 photos or videos yet.  However, a recent interview with Bloomberg suggests that Instagram is working on adding support for spherical 360 videos and photos (sometimes called "VR").

VR Padding: a more comfortable and hygienic facepad for the Gear VR, and soon for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

VR Padding is a replacement facepad for the Samsung Gear VR (reviewed here).  It is designed to be more comfortable and hygienic than the stock foam pads.   

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Nikon Keymission 360 User Manual and Desktop Software now available for download

The user manual and desktop software for the Nikon Keymission 360 are now available for download!

Here is the link to the user guide (reference manual).
Here is a link to the quick start guide for North America and South America and for other regions.
Here is the link to the desktop software.

Thanks to Scott Bell ( for bringing this to my attention!

Nikon Keymission 360 app ready for download
Nikon Keymission 360 unboxing
Announcement and specifications
New sample videos
Comparison with Samsung Gear 360 and Kodak SP360 4k
Free accessory pack with preorders
Free shipping offer; available accessories
Keymission 360 comes with these accessories
Sample full resolution photo from Nikon Keymission 360
Hands-on report on the Nikon Keymission 360 from Photokina 2016

Playstation VR now sold out at Amazon and some retailers

The Sony Playstation VR Core headset, which had been available at launch, is now sold out at Amazon and Toys R Us.

Pano360 - a fully spherical 360 camera with 4k video, plus two other 360 cameras from Eken

Eken Pano360 is a new fully spherical 360 camera with 4k video capability.  Eken is also launching two other hemispherical 360 cameras.

TECHNIQUE: Add a cool border to your tiny planet photo

One way to make your tiny planet or rabbit hole photo standout is by changing the border, which is one of the favorite techniques of Ben Claremont (Life in 360), who is one of the most popular 360 shooters on Instagram.