As of yesterday, Facebook users will begin seeing 360-degree videos in their News Feeds. The firm says the new video format will take the immersive content that people like to see in their News Feeds "a step further." Users will be able to pan around a video as it is playing in a similar way to Google Street View.
The 360-degree-shooting Bublcam first appeared on Kickstarter way back in November 2013, with the aim of shipping in May the following year, but technical hitches saw the project repeatedly delayed. However, Bubl recently announced that the camera, which shoots VR-friendly spherical photos and videos, has now shipped to thousands of backers and pre-order customers.
ESA has released an interactive panorama that allows the earthbound to take in the interior of the International Space Station (ISS). This first offering allows users to pan around and explore the Columbus space laboratory, which is the agency's single biggest contribution to the ISS and became a permanent fixture in 2008 after being delivered by the Space Shuttle Atlantis.
An increasing number of businesses are promoting themselves through
Google Street View, allowing potential customers to virtually look
around inside their shops. Getting the 360-degree photos of that
business can be a tricky and complex process, however. That's why NCTech
is launching the iris360 Immersive Reality Imaging System, which is
designed to let novices get their own photos and upload them to Google
A small team of photographers has worked to produce a 365 gigapixel panorama of one of the world's tallest mountains. Shot over 15 days, the result is one of the most stunning composite images we've ever seen.