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Friday 13 May 2016
Facebook Will Turn Your Panorama Photos Into 360-Degree VR Images
Snapping a panoramic photo seems like a good idea at the time, but what do you do with it? Facebook Inc. wants to give you an outlet to share the dozens of super-wide photos lying ignored in your phone’s camera roll. And with the same tool, you can get into the new world of 360-degree photography, too.
Once you upload an image, your friends will be able to pan around the picture by tilting their phones, or by dragging their finger or cursor around the photo.
These 360-degree photos will be viewable in Facebook’s mobile apps, its website and both the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headsets (through an Oculus 360 Photos app).
Facebook's 360-photo support will extend Samsung's Gear VR headsets, which run Oculus apps, such as Oculus 360 Photos.PHOTO:FACEBOOK INC.
While we haven’t seen Facebook’s panorama bending in action, the promise is great. The biggest reason our panoramic photos stay buried in our phone’s photo galleries is because they look like long skinny strips in text messages and on Facebook, and are chopped down to squares by Instagram.
Of course, we don’t yet know if Facebook’s system for turning panoramas into 360-photos will be any better to look at. But the bar isn’t very high.
When it comes to making 360-degree photos to share on Facebook, you can do that with a dedicated 360-degree camera, like the$350 Ricoh Theta S. Or, if you don’t want to spend that kind money, Facebook will support 360-degree photos created in apps such asGoogle Street Viewon both iOS and Android,Google Camerafor Android, and the built-in camera app found onSamsung’s latest Galaxy phones. Each of these apps direct you to shoot about a dozen individual photos in specific directions. They then digitally stitch those images into a sphere that is viewable in 360 degrees.
Before you go out and spend any money, however, it is worth noting that it isn’t yet clear if Facebook will support all of the 360-degree photos you can make with various cameras and apps. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for specifics.