Saturday, December 31, 2016

Why I'm More Optimistic than Ever About VR

The state of VR right now is better than what skeptics would like you to believe.  More importantly, things will get even better from here.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Nico360 issues update

After two months of silence, the Nico360 team issued an update regarding its crowdfunded camera.

8 reasons why 360 cameras are the perfect cameras for most people

For experienced photographers and videographers, 360 cameras are perplexing and challenging to work with.  Paradoxically, however, 360 cameras are the perfect cameras for everyone else.  Here are 8 reasons why.

PSA: Ricoh Theta desktop app is not compatible with Adobe AIR v. 24

If you are using the Ricoh Theta desktop app, please do not update your Adobe AIR to version 24.  There is an incompatibility between the Theta app and version 24 of AIR which will prevent you from viewing photos or videos.  Until Ricoh issues a fix for their software, please hold off on updating Adobe AIR to version 24.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Which is the best 360 camera for a vacation?

If you're going on a vacation, a 360 camera is a must-have for your trip.  But there are now several 360 cameras on the market.  Which one of them would be the best?

Insta360 Air crowdfunding extended; production remains on schedule

Insta360 has extended the preorder period for the Insta360 Air, its 360 camera for your Android phone, while production remains on schedule.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Insta360 will reveal the 8k Insta360 Pro at CES

Insta360 announced that they will reveal the Insta360 Pro, an 8k 360 video camera, on January 5 at CES 2017. 

Twitter and Periscope add 360 video livestreaming for select accounts

You can now watch live 360 video on Twitter and Periscope.

(sphere) is an almost-spherical 360 lens for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras

(Sphere) is a new toroidal (donut-shaped) lens for interchangeable lens cameras, and it has an almost fully spherical field of view.

Print your 360 photos with 360 PhotoBall

360 PhotoBall is an Android app that enables you to print 360 photos on paper which you can then assemble into a ball.

How to add image stabilization to your 360 videos for free

360 videos need to be stabilized to avoid making viewers dizzy (especially if viewed in a headset).  However, not all 360 cameras include image stabilization, and the ones that do don't always have effective stabilization.  Fortunately, it's easy to add image stabilization to your 360 videos simply by uploading them to Facebook.

Vroomcam: a stabilized robot dolly for 360 cameras

Vroomcam is a motorized dolly for 360 cameras with stabilization, and can operate autonomously or via remote control.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Play HTC Vive and Oculus Rift games on your mobile VR headset with Finch Shift

​Finch Shift is a new motion controller designed for your smartphone which is designed to enable your VR-ready smartphone to play apps for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

LED light for almost any 360 camera

I found an LED light that can work for almost any 360 camera!

VR Gems: you ought to try these games!

Holo Impact: Prologue
There are literally hundreds of VR games available on the Steam store for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.  While many (or even a majority) are not worth playing, there are some excellent games that have escaped the notice of users.  In this series of posts, I'd like to highlight some very good games I've tried that are not very well known (yet).

Monday, December 26, 2016

Vacation notice; my schedule this week

Happy Holidays!

FYI, I will be on vacation from Thursday (12/29) to Monday (1/2) and I won't have access to the Internet.  I will schedule some posts on those days but I won't be able to respond to messages.

Next, I will be in Las Vegas for CES on January 4 and January 5, where I will be posting about the latest news on 360 cameras and VR.  On those days, I might not be able to respond to messages right away either.

BTW if you will be at CES and would like to say hello, I will be at the Insta360 booth (LVCC, South Hall 2, #26608) at 3pm on Jan. 5.

P.S.  If you're wondering how I took the shot above, here's the accessory I used!

The Best Free Games and Apps to Demo the Oculus Rift

Did you find an Oculus Rift under your Christmas tree?  Here are the best free games to demo your new Oculus Rift!

DEALS: $100 off HTC Vive but only for the next 2 days

Are you considering getting an HTC Vive?  If so, you're in luck because the HTC Vive team just announced a $100 discount on the Vive, but only for December 26 and 27 in the US (26, 27 and 28 in Europe).  Here is the announcement.