Ordinarily, if you want to get the 3D surround sound experience, you have to carefully set up several speakers within a room. Even then, there's one specific "sweet spot" where the effect is most pronounced. According to California-based electronics company Acemile, however, that's not the case with its new Theater Box portable wireless speaker. Just one of the speakers is reportedly capable of filling a 2,000 sq ft (186 sq m) room with 360-degree 3D surround sound, that sounds equally good from any location.
Ricoh has announced that its Theta 360-degree pocket camera
is about to get some new siblings. The new Thetas are very similar in design and capabilities to the original that Gizmag reviewed last year
, but have an extra trick to show off – the m15 models can now shoot video.
Video professionals with the US Army, Red Bull and National Geographic are already using the technology, and you'll soon have your chance. The consumer-ready CENTR Camera aims to make it easy to capture 360-degree HD footage, recording your world in full.
Though moving around panoramic photos can feel fairly natural, the ability to do so in a video still feels a little unusual. Perhaps it's because there's a sense that you're always missing part of the recording. Nonetheless, panoramic video is gradually moving into the mainstream, with EyeSee360 announcing two offerings that will join the market later this year.
The Oculus Rift
has carved out a sizable reputation for itself among gamers, but as we've seen before
, virtual reality has many applications beyond playing video games. Now one production studio is preparing to release the first movie shot specifically to be watched through the VR headset. The upcoming film, called Zero Point
, will focus on the history and development of virtual reality technology, while allowing viewers the freedom to look around each scene as the movie progresses.
When you want to augment a digital image creation onto the real world, you'll likely need to point your smart device's camera at the kind of markers found in Sony's TV Size Guide
tool or on the front cover of magazines like Esquire
. IKEA took this idea a step further by making its 2014 catalog
the marker, but a new system from Israel's Cimagine Media uses a tablet or smartphone camera and sensors to position the virtual object in a room without the need for physical markers.
Starting out as a rather chunky hammerhead concept
shown at CES 2013, the Theta panoramic camera
has since been slimmed down, streamlined and released. Stunning 360 degree views can be instantly captured at the push of a button, the device can be remotely operated via smartphone, and images uploaded to an online photo album and shared on social media. Gizmag has spent the last few weeks generating lots of immersive bubble panoramas with the Theta, and the novelty has yet to wear off. But is the camera worth its rather high price tag?
Panoramic and 360 degree imaging capabilities have been available to photographers for years through DSLR manual mode captures and smartphone apps. The Panono offers something a little different. It's a throwable ball camera, armed with 36 tiny lenses, that's capable of capturing a 72 megapixel spherical scene from an elevated position. The developers are now pinning production hopes on a successful Indiegogo funding campaign.
Armchair sports lovers are at the mercy of TV directors who chose what camera angle is shown when. Most sports fans will have been frustrated with their shot selection at one time or another, but a new panoramic camera would put such decisions in the viewer’s hands. Comprising ten individual cameras, the OmniCam 360 provides a full 360-degree of the action.