Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ricoh Theta with 4K video and 4K live streaming to be showcased at NAB Show 2017!

Ricoh just announced that it will be showcasing a prototype of its Ricoh Theta with 4K video (at 30fps) and 4K live streaming at NAB Show 2017!  The new Theta will also have 4-channel surround sound audio and is expected to be released later this year.

FeiyuTech G360 gimbal preview and sample video

Here is a sample video from a preproduction version of the Feiyu Tech G360 gimbal for 360 cameras, by tech vlogger Steve Shew!

GoPro announces Fusion, a fully spherical 5.2K 360 camera! Here's a sample video and why it's incredible

Today, GoPro announced the Fusion, a fully spherical 360 camera with 5.2K resolution.  GoPro didn't reveal much, but the sample video gives clues as to why this camera is incredible!

Kodak PIXPRO Orbit360 Adventure Pack unboxing video

Here's an unboxing of the highly-anticipated Kodak PIXPRO Orbit360 (formerly called the 4KVR360)!

Guess which 360 camera was used for these underwater videos?

How do you like these frame grabs from a 360 video?  Can you guess which 360 camera was used?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kodak PIXPRO posts photo of Orbit360 with retail packaging

Kodak PIXPRO posted a photo of the highly anticipated Orbit360, showing at least two retail packages.

360-degree screen recording for VR games with Facebook's 360 Capture SDK!

Soon, you will be able to do a 360-degree screen recording for VR games, thanks to the 360 Capture SDK just released by Facebook at F8!

Facebook introduces two new cameras with volumetric VR capture capability!

Facebook introduced two new depth-sensing cameras with volumetric capture capability, offering viewers 6 degrees of freedom!

Giroptic iO now available for both Android and iOS!

At the F8 Facebook Developer Conference, Giroptic announced the Giroptic iO for Android, and gave a camera to the lucky attendees of F8! :-O

With the launch of its Android variant, the Giroptic iO becomes the first 360 camera accessory to have a version for both Android and iOS.

2017 Gear 360 iOS and Mac limitations and compatibility

Here is an update on the limits and compatibility of the 2017 Samsung Gear 360 (first impressions here) with iOS and Mac.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Facebook is now in VR with Facebook Spaces for Oculus Rift and Touch!

Do you remember that cool demo that Mark Zuckerberg showed at Oculus Connect, where Mark was interacting with his friends and co-workers in VR?  Well it's now here, in beta!  It's called Facebook Spaces and is available for Oculus Rift and Touch.  (It also works on HTC Vive via Revive).  Update: I've tried it -- see  below for my impressions.

Here is a video demo:

Z Cam shows new V1 Pro camera

Z Cam, makers of 360 cameras such as the S1 and S1 Pro, showed their new V1 Pro camera with 9 lenses.

F8: Facebook focuses on augmented reality

At the F8 Facebook developer's conference, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook would focus on re-imagining your phone camera as an augmented reality platform.

Stabilized aerial 360 video: Insta360 Nano with a Guru 360 gimbal on a DJI Phantom 4 drone

photo by Wiebe de Jager

Dronewatch's Wiebe de Jager shot a stabilized aerial 360 video with an Insta360 Nano and a Guru 360 gimbal attached to a DJI Phantom 4 drone.  Check out the video!

VRLA: Antilatency is a roomscale, multiplayer positional tracking system for mobile VR

Antilatency is a new positional tracking system for mobile VR that can simultaneously track several players in the same space over a room.  I got to try it at VRLA and it was impressive!

2017 Samsung Gear 360 updates: new ship date, lower price on eBay, new comparison shows improvement

Here are a few updates to the 2017 Samsung Gear 360:
- First, the shipping date has been moved back.
- Second, it is now available for a lower price on eBay.
- Third, I made new 360 video comparisons on a Gear VR, which more clearly show the improvement of the 2017 Gear 360 over the original.

Monday, April 17, 2017

VRLA: Holocap is an affordable realtime holographic capture system for VR and AR

What if there was a kind of camera that could put a 3D model of you in VR or AR, in realtime?  That's exactly what Holocap is, and it really works.

VRLA: RigRover is a remote controlled stabilized dolly for 360 cameras

One of the interesting things I saw at VRLA is the RigRover, a remote controlled stabilized dolly designed for 360 cameras.

Guru 360 gimbal works with smartphones as well

Several readers have asked whether the Guru 360 gimbal for 360 cameras also works with smartphones.  The answer is yes.  Here's a demo.

2017 Gear 360 Manager app now live for both Android and iOS! Here are the limits I've found.

iOS version

The release version of the app for the 2017 Samsung Gear 360 (available herefirst impressions here) is now live for both Android and iOS.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Samsung Gear VR's new cylindrical timewarp layers looks amazing

Over the last couple of weeks, Oculus has been rolling out an update to the Gear VR Home that doubles the effective resolution on the home screen.  My Gear VR finally got it, and it looks amazing!