Saturday, December 24, 2016

DEALS: LG 360 Cam fully spherical 360 camera for $99

The LG 360 Cam is available on sale for just $99 here!

Here are the main features:
- fully spherical 360 camera
- compatible with both iOS and Android (does not require an LG smartphone)
- 16mp photo resolution
- video resolution 2880 x 1440 @ 30 fps
- can be remotely turned on from standby.

Here is my review with sample photos and videos.  At $99, this is the lowest cost fully spherical 360 camera to date.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Viooa has two hemispherical 360 cameras for drones

Viooa has created two hemispherical 360 cameras for drones to make gimbals unnecessary.

Samsung Gear 360 flies to the edge of space on top of a Mig-29

Check out this 360 video from a Samsung Gear 360 mounted on top of a MiG-29 Fulcrum jet fighter as it flies to the edge of space!

Oculus Rift tip: set it up to face away from your PC

When setting up your Oculus Rift, it's a good idea to have it positioned facing away from the PC.  Here's why and here's how to do it.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Steam Winter Sale is now live with discounts on games for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

The Steam Winter Sale has begun, with sales on games for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. 

Some of the notable games include:
- Raw Data: a cooperative online sci-fi shooter (caution: controls are awkward for Oculus Touch)
- Vanishing Realms: an adventure game
- Brookhaven Experiment: a horror wave shooter
- Onward: a team-based tactical shooter
- QuiVR: a multiplayer cooperative wave shooter
- Smashbox Arena: a multiplayer shooter

TECHNIQUE: How to hide yourself from your 360 camera

Sometimes, you don't want to be shown in the shot.  Here's how to hide yourself from your 360 camera.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

"Invisible" LED light for low light 360 photos or videos

I found an LED lamp that can add light to your 360 photos or videos, and it's slim enough that it's pretty much invisible even to a 360 camera.

Put a watermark in your 360 photo instantly and nondestructively with SeekBeak

You can put your logo or watermark on the nadir (or zenith) in your 360 photos or virtual tours instantly and nondestructively with SeekBeak. The logo will also be oriented automatically based on the viewer's point of view.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Wireless HTC Vive with TPCast works as promised, UploadVR finds

UploadVR got to test the TPCast wireless adapter for the HTC Vive.  After extensive tests, including asking a gymnast to do backflips, they found that the TPCast works as promised, with no noticeable increase in latency. 

Facebook and Oculus preview React VR, their cross-platform VR language

Facebook and Oculus previewed React VR, its cross-platform VR language that allows developers to create simple VR apps that can be viewed on any VR device.  React VR allows developers to create one web app that can be used across VR devices, from browsers to mobile headsets to desktop VR headsets, making it unnecessary to create separate apps for each device.

Facebook has been very bullish about VR and 360.  Recently, it announced the launch of 360 Live, which will enable 360 livestreaming on Facebook.

VR player smashes face into a wall, needs stitches (video)

A man playing a horror game on the HTC Vive was so immersed that he ran and smashed his face into a wall, requiring stitches.  Here's the video.

VR demo of Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 at CES 2017

Qualcomm is presenting a VR demo of its new Snapdragon 835 processor at CES 2017 in cooperation with Lionsgate.

Insta360 Studio app updated; new features added

Insta360 updated the Studio 360 video editing software to add new features.

The Hague 360 - a short film made entirely with the Insta360 Nano

The Insta360 Nano is a 360 camera for the iPhone, designed for ease of use and convenience.  However, it can also be a powerful filmmaking tool if used with the right technique, as demonstrated in this short video.

How to use the Insta360 Nano on an iPhone 5, 5S, or iPhone SE.

You can use the Insta360 Nano with a modified adapter on an iPhone 5 (with limits), or iPhone 5S or iPhone SE.  The adapter is inexpensive, and the modification takes less than 5 minutes.  It also works with some smartphone cases.

Correction: it appears the Nano is not fully compatible with iPhone 5 - photo works, but there are errors when shooting video.  iPhone 5S and SE have no issues.  Thanks to Skip Hunt for bringing this to my attention!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Cross-platform gameplay with Fusion Wars for Gear VR and soon for Oculus Rift

There have been many new games and apps for the Samsung Gear VR in the last few months.  One of the most impressive new releases is Fusion Wars, an online co-op tank game with cross-platform gameplay.

DEALS: awesome VR martial arts bundle on Steam (HTC Vive and Oculus Rift)

​There's an awesome martial arts game bundle on Steam (for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift), with a 30% discount, and both included games are very good quality.

See a VR visualization of your Oculus Rift sensors' coverage's Desk Scene is a utility that can enable you to see each of your Oculus Rift's sensors' coverage.  Seeing each sensor's coverage would help you adjust their position and angle to optimize coverage and minimize occlusion.