Vanish 360 is an app that automatically removes people from the background of your Ricoh Theta photos. Here is a video demo of Vanish 360:
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Friday, September 30, 2016
For the highest quality 360 video, rigs are still generally the best option. Check out the Varavon VR, a wearable 360 rig in the form of a helmet with 17 cameras to capture first person fully spherical 360 video.
Here's a video showing the Varavon VR, by Newsshooter's Dan Chung.
The Ricoh Theta S (reviewed here) is still the one of the most popular 360-degree cameras, and has an iconic design that is not only beautiful but which also minimizes parallax stitching error. Perhaps then it is no surprise that its design has been copied by the Detu Twin 360, a fully spherical camera from the makers of the Detu F4 and Detu Sphere. But even though the Detu Twin 360 has a similar design to the Theta, its internals are completely different and in some ways better than the Theta.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
The other day, I did a post about how one man used his HTC Vive to lose 14.4 lbs. in 50 days. I tried it myself to see if it's real and as you can see from the numbers above (1030 kCal burned) it's definitely real!
Knott's Berry Farm holds a horror attraction every Halloween for over 40 years, and this year was the first one to incorporate VR, with a new attraction called FearVR. However, mental health advocates objected to the mental hospital theme of the attraction, arguing that it casts mental institutions in a negative light and discourages people with mental health issues from seeking help.
In response to the criticism, Knott's Berry Farm decided to close FearVR.
Now, Jennifer Ailey, a psychology Ph.D. candidate, has begun a petition to reopen FearVR. Jennifer argues that there were attractions with similar themes from 1988 to 1992 and from 2003 to 2008, and again from 2009 to 2012, with no complaints. More importantly, Jennifer argues, everyone understands that amusement parks are clearly understood to be fantasy. With her training in psychology, Jennifer does not believe that the attraction makes fun of mental illness.
In my opinion, I think Knott's could reopen the attraction and perhaps provide informative pamphlets talking about mental health issues, and maybe even donate a portion of the proceeds for mental health advocacy groups.
If you would like Fear VR to be reopened, you can sign Jennifer's petition here.
This is part 2 of our comparison of the Insta360 Nano (reviewed here) and the LG 360 Cam (reviewed here), two affordable fully spherical 360 cameras that offer the best value in their class. Yesterday, I posted a comparison of sample photos from the Nano and the 360 Cam. In this post, we'll look at sample videos from these two cameras.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
There are now many 360 cameras, but the Insta360 Nano (reviewed here) and the LG 360 Cam (reviewed here) stand out as two affordable fully spherical 360 cameras that offer the best value in their class. How do they compare to each other?
In this post, I'll compare real world sample photos.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Ricoh is holding a new contest for the Ricoh Theta, and the theme of the contest is Virtual Reality (VR), which may be signaling a subtle shift in emphasis within Ricoh.
Monday, September 26, 2016
If you're getting a Playstation 4 for Playstation VR, this deal is pretty hard to beat. It's a brand new Playstation 4 500GB, with:
- Call of Duty Black Ops III
- NBA 2k17
- $75 Dell gift card
- Free 2 business day shipping (if you register for free with Dell Advantage Rewards)
- $15 Dell credit (if you register for free with Dell Advantage Rewards)
|photo by Briskeye|
Sunday, September 25, 2016
|sample PaintLab work from the developer|
Painting in VR is synonymous with Google's Tiltbrush but did you know there's another app that can work better for 'solid' artwork -- and it's free!