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Apple reportedly has hundreds of people working on a secret virtual reality team

Apple’s latest acquisition is Flyby Media, an AR startup focused on helping phones “see” the world that worked closely with Google on Project Tango, its mobile 3D mapping division. Other key buys include startups MetaioFaceshift, and PrimeSense, which gave Apple expertise into virtual and augmented projection techniques, computer vision, and motion capture. Apple has reportedly been building prototype VR headsets for several months. It’s unclear right now whether those devices would encase an iPhone, like Samsung and Oculus’ Gear VR and Google’s Cardboard, or be a standalone unit like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.




Samsung is Giving Away Far More Gear VR Units Than We Expected


The Samsung representative wasn’t specific as to the actual figure, but said that 300,000 is “only portion of the available units in the promotion in the US,” and “grossly understates” the number of units being given away in total, which includes additional stock in other territories.




Mobile virtual reality on track to hit $861M in revenues this year

People wear Samsung Gear VR devices as they attend the launching ceremony of the new Samsung S7 and S7 edge smartphones during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 21, 2016. REUTERS/Albert Gea TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

People wear g the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 21, 2016. REUTERS/Albert Gea






“Mobile VR is on track to reach $861 million in revenues this year, according to data firm SuperData Research. That is a big increase for a market that is only just getting off the ground thanks to Samsung’s Gear VR (which it makes with Oculus VR) and Google’s Cardboard casings, which enable smartphones to power virtual reality games and apps. While Samsung and Google are not jumping out of bed each morning to fight over less than $1 billion, both are treating this as a chance to establish themselves as leaders for early adopters and developers.

Investment bank Goldman Sachs is predicting VR will grow to $110 billion by 2020 if you also include the related augmented reality space that combines virtual imagery with the physical world. With that kind of money up for grabs, Google and Samsung see an opportunity to control how you download VR software. The Google Play store already has dozens of VR apps, and keeping that library growing is one of the key ways that the companies could stand to profit.”


Google’s secret VR weapon is Project Tango

In one of the craziest demos I’ve ever tried, I strapped an Android tablet to my face in a room and started walking around in VR, untethered to a computer. Without the aid of cameras, the tablet automatically mapped the room I was in and let me explore an ethereal space with a white tree and floating heads. But the crazy bit was that Google’s employees, including Tango lead Johnny Lee, were also in that same space. I could see their heads in VR and they could see me, and their position in VR was exactly the same position in real life. I reached out to one of those virtual floating heads and my real hand tapped Lee’s real shoulder. It was wild.




“HTC Vive is the second major high-end VR headset to go on sale this year. In January, Oculus VR — a subsidiary of Facebook — starting selling its Rift head-mounted display for $600. The company didn’t share any numbers about that performance, but the first shipments sold out in a matter of minutes. That pushed new orders from March into April and then into May by the end of the first day. Today, new Rift preorders won’t ship until July.”



VR Will Make Science Even Cooler

Hands on: Minecraft for the Oculus Rift may be the best VR game to date

“Minecraft’s exploratory nature, however, feels particularly suited to the Rift headset. Aside from the odd minute or so of combat, you’ll probably be exploring your surroundings in a leisurely manner, rather than trying to keep an eye on dozens of enemies.

I say this because I did feel a real sense of vertigo when playing Minecraft on the Rift, especially when perched on a “glass” bridge high up in the Minecraft landscape. I say this as someone who has happily peered over the edge of both the Burj Khalifa and Taipei 101, and weathered the original Rift rollercoaster demo with no problems. Microsoft ran the demo on a PC, and Microsoft’s PR representatives specifically told me the framerate was locked at 90 frames per second, the minimum level for “good” VR that eliminates motion sickness.You may have a completely different experience, but it might be something to think about before buying a Rift.”

Virtual reality is getting real in China


“China will be the epicentre of growth for the virtual reality industry, which is likely to ‘explode’ in magnitude and orders in the next one-two years”

“All the required technology enablers are finally coming together — cheap computing power, cheap sensors, cheap high‐resolution display, ubiquitous broadband, robust rendering and physics engines, content provider adoption, etc.”

Teslasuit: This Full Body Suit Lets You Feel Virtual Reality

“Using EMS fed to the body’s nervous system via a skintight suit, the latest prototype can simulate a of a sense of touch or pressure. Meaning that, if someone in the virtual world taps you or pokes you, you will feel it in real time.”


16 of the coolest apps for Cardboard, Google’s DIY virtual reality headset

“With just a piece of cardboard and a compatible smartphone, anyone can dive into an array of virtual worlds. From exploring Street View like never before to taking three-dimensional photographs, from immersive VR journalism to exploring our solar system — here are 16 of the coolest apps available for Google Cardboard today.”




Five tech predictions for 2016

“Virtual Reality will turn out to be a dud. Great initial “wow” experience, but ultimately just a big chunk of tech that will collect dust in the corner.”

Virtual reality, drones and wearables seek to dominate CES ’16

“some manufacturers have sparked fresh excitement of late, especially HTC Chief Executive Cher Wang, who said earlier this month that the HTC Vive VR headset, a joint-venture with Valve, has made “a very, very big technological breakthrough.”




CES 2016: cars, virtual reality and a lot of hype


“All eyes this year are, again, on virtual reality, which appears to be heading toward the mainstream with three major consumer headsets – the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Sony’s Playstation VR – all due for release this year. How to define the success of those devices? There is financial momentum, and the support of major investors such as Facebook in Oculus; consumer interest, which will show in the sales numbers of these devices later in the year; but also the creativity of software developers, because without compelling games and experiences, VR has no stories to tell. Joseph says: “VR still needs a lot more software – those are the pivotal catalysts for these devices.”



Remember 3D TV? Why 2016 Will Not Be The Year of Virtual Reality

“Working for hours at a time night after night in virtual reality, I learned first hand that while VR systems offer tremendous potential in specific targeted areas like design and gaming, the nausea and physical discomfort that comes from spending large amounts of time using VR systems means they are unlikely to take over our homes just yet.”


Goldman Sachs explains why virtual reality will explode instead of notoriously flopping like before

“But now, Goldman Sachs writes,computers are powerful enough to render the kind of super-immersive graphics needed for this whole virtual reality/augmented reality thing to work. Plus, the smartphone industry has made the sensorsand displays necessary standard enough that the devices are comparatively cheap to build.

It means that “head-mounted devices,” or “HMDs,” have a lot of potential as a new form of computing, Goldman says — both with virtual reality headsets like Facebook’s Oculus Rift or HTC Vive Pre, and augmented reality devices like the Microsoft HoloLens or Magic Leap.”





“Lytro wants Immerge to be an entirely controlled end-to-end system that takes some of the technical challenges out of VR filmmaking. The whole package includes storage, processing, editing tools, a server to stream VR video, as well as a Lytro application engineer to troubleshoot any issues. According to Jason Rosenthal, the CEO of Lytro, it will cost somewhere in the multiple hundreds of thousands of thousands of dollars.”



2016: the year when VR goes from virtual to reality

“But just as Kinect’s technology has found lots of uses beyond games, virtual reality may still prove a ground-breaking technology in many areas of life.

Two London psychologists, Dr Ashley Conway and Dr Vanessa Ruspoli, certainly believe that is the case. They have developed a system that uses Oculus’ Rift headset to treat patients with phobias.

Their company Virtual Exposure Therapy aims to give patients exposure in a virtual world to the thing they fear.”


The state of virtual reality in 2016: What’s working, what’s not, and what’s next

“The VR hype ahead of CES 2016 can be summed up into four key areas: 1) an explosion of inexpensive mobile headsets; 2) a lot of poorly executed content; 3) an emerging ecosystem; and 4) some really good experiences still waiting just around the corner.”




This week has seen some pretty significant news about VR.


Getty Images / 360Cities Partnership

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First off, on our own turf, Getty Images has announced the licensing partnership with 360cities. This is tremendous news for us, and all indications point to this being a really fruitful partnership for everyone involved – the companies and all the 360º photographers of the world. Getty Images is the largest photography licensing company on the planet, and when they are selling 360º photography to their massive pool of clients, they will be offering panoramic photos from us! This deal was years in the making and to see it becoming real now is really a moment of honor for everybody.


Mark Zuckerberg is the VR Boss

Yes, it is a brave new world 🙂
At the Mobile World Congress, VR has continued its white hot dominance of the tech industry. It is very clear that many of the world’s largest tech companies, from Facebook and Google, to Samsung and LG, are going “all in” on VR.

Zuckerberg really wants to build VR deep into the Facebook experience. He truly believes it will become a dominant platform, as described in this article in USA Today.


New Samsung 360 Video camera


Everyone in the 360 video / VR world knew this was coming (once you’re in the inbred, gossipping inside of an industry, I guess there are lots of open secrets flying around that everyone talks about in hushed tones whenever they meet in person or speak on the telephone, but you’ll never find published online anywhere until the news officially breaks…. (and yes there are other 360 video cameras coming as well, from other big players). Finally it is here, or at least, it is announced to be on the store shelves in “a few months”. Behold, the Samsung 360 video camera. It is the size of a tennis ball, it has two lenses each shooting a full hemisphere of video, resulting in 4K 30FPS video output with h.265 compression onto a single removable memory card. While this camera is nowhere near as cool as the Sphericam 360 camera (disclosure, I’m the founder), it still looks pretty good. Check it out:



New LG 360 Camera and Headset

This camera looks so much like the Ricoh Theta that I think they must have licensed many of the patents around the basic mechanical and optical design of the Theta. Anyway, here it is:



Just for reference, here is the Ricoh Theta:


If you don’t know about optics, I will point out that fisheye lenses that have the kind of field of view needed for this camera, will need to be very long. There is no way to put two fisheye lenses back to back as these cameras are doing without some tricks. What they are doing is folding the lenses 90º and using a prism inside, orienting the CMOS image sensors above and below the lenses themselves. It is a very smart way to get the lenses much closer together than would otherwise be possible.

The LG 360 camera will only shoot 2K resolution video, and personally I just don’t see the point in that. It is not enough resolution for any satisfactory result. So, I would avoid such a camera entirely, it’s just not worth it. In any case, it is great to see yet another big company taking this medium seriously – that can only be a good thing!









Today, Getty Images formally announced their commitment to 360 degree imagery via an “unprecedented partnership” with 360Cities. Needless to say we’re proud and excited to be able to off all of our expert 360Cities photographers a brand new potential source of monetization. The fact that Getty has selected 360Cities for this partnership is a great confirmation of the value and uniqueness of the type of high quality imagery that our contributors create and share with the world through 360Cities.

Check out our growing collection of stunning 360 degree panoramas on Getty Images.

The 360Cities Team

It’s Monday, which means it’s the right time for our trip across the whole world, thanks to panoramic photos the 360Cities community photographers uploaded. Let’s go!


Praha hlavní nádraží – Prague Main Station by Willy Kaemena (click the picture to open the pano)

Our trip this week starts in Prague, Czech Republic, in it’s Main train station. This Art Nouveau main hall is more than 100 years old and even though it’s not used that much anymore, it’s one of the most iconic buildings of the whole city.


Doel 3 by jean paul gammal (click the picture to open the pano)

Here’s our second European panoramic photo this week and you’re going to love its story. It’s been taken in Doel, a ghost town in Belgium, famous not for the nuclear power plant nearby, but mostly for its street art. There’s graffiti literally everywhere – and this is just a piece of it. If you wish, open the pano and then the map – there’s much more to see in this town.


John Deere with Anhydrous Ammonia Rig by Bill Edwards (click the picture to open the pano)

Another pano from the last week, take by Bill Edwards, looks basically just like a tractor ad. But this is actually just a great photography job, proving a beautiful pano can be just as simple as this one. We love it!


Starry sky near Yavlenka by Losev Alexey (click the picture to open the pano)

Last pano this week is top notch. Thanks to Alexey’s pano you can see how beautiful a starry sky can be in Kazakhstan. Brilliant job!

We hope your weekend was fantastic and to brighten up your start of the week (Mondays, we know), we bring you the coolest panoramic photos from 360Cities uploaded last week. Let’s do this!


Aerial view over Manarola – Cinque Terre by Fabian (click the picture to open the pano)

This week we start with a magnificent aerial pano taken in Italy. Actually, an aerial shot is the best way of taking a picture of Manarola, a small seaside village. It gives you the ideal view at the colouful houses there!


Scorpions girl by Luis Erantzcani (click the picture to open the pano)

If you’re scared of scorpions, this is not the right pano for you. This store is full of them – on pictures, T-shirts, keychains, and there’s also a couple of real ones, too!


Stanisic Ethno Village by Samir Zahirovic (click the picture to open the pano)

You’re going to love this one! A lovely medieval-looking village in Bosnia and Herzegovina looks amazing at sunset and Samir Zahirovic was there to take a pano. Have a look around, it’s worth it!


Kailash TempleLndra Sabha by Seungsang Yoo(유승상) (click the picture to open the pano)

And last, but not least, we present you two beautiful panoramas from India’s UNESCO World heritage side, Ellora caves. These panos extremely useful in case you want to digitally explore two of 34 structures that are so popular for tourists discovering beauties of India.

See you next week!

my main URL: Http://Www.Panoramania.Co.Jp/ 360Cities Profile page: http:. // www 360Cities .NET / Profile / Akila_ninomiya

and my answer of enquete is below;

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1. When did you first Become obsessed with Photography? And what else Are you obsessed with, Besides Photography?
(you first became captivated photos When is? most things you are addicted also to other photos Do you have?)

“Still pictures are not good, it is hate. in the photograph as the archive media Are you interested, but there is no interest in the photograph as art.
Originally I am a typographer, Web designers, editors, MTB riders, cooking at home, there is also a full art antique collectors. core business is the Japanese paper craft expert. ”

and 2. How did you discover 360 Photography? When WAS it and what Happened next?
(How do 360 or? then did you hear about the photo, what it did happen?)

“When you were a producer tour of Japanese paper, is very narrow craftsman’s workshop, where it had struggled How do should take the space archive , Apple has released QuickTimeVR in 1995 and the so was introduced it is it start. ”

3. Are you a Professional or Amateur Photographer?
(Are you a professional photographer? or amateur?)

“I am not a professional photographer. But it is a professional VR creators, there is no doubt. ( 360 photo-shooting technology Nante, only a few percent of the normal photographic technology to does not use only) ”

4. Do you travel much to do your Photography?
(Do you want to frequent the shooting trip?)

“Since the shooting as a business almost be out on location, and has come out on the shooting trip somewhere every month, regardless of home and abroad. ”

5. What kind of Photography do you like the best? And of what kinds of things?
(What? And it is, to the best photo for you What things?)

“Best photo … is to is never seen, I do not think even a see you. ( because I myself is not looking for artistry in the photo media) 360X180 ° Stock VR content “sobering” all able to reflect the So, Toka noise is small, Toka’s high-definition, Toka can remote shooting, and I think that such a technically high-quality photography is made ​​you. ”

6. What IS your opinion on today’s State of VR? Will VR, as we know it Now, hit the Mainstream in the next 12 months?
(Do you have any opinion on the status of today’s VR? As we know now to, Do you want to hit as mainstream in the VR the next 12 months?)

“Very niche and 360Photo / because is to 360Video industry, I feel is like more increase business opportunities by recent VR boom to you is, the point I think happy in. In addition to in our traditional recipe was never imagined Na representation techniques in also a fact has been steadily born, it also has become creation of stimulus.
However, whether 2016 is VR first year, I think that it might be to rely on the spread of HMD . In that respect, Cardboard100 million pieces distribution of NewYorkTimes is , wonder if not than at once on fire, and it is to think, plus magazine also? I think not to follow
“Hakosuko” in Japan also true perfection of minimalism that 1 binocular HMD is spread at once though, I am trying to already generalized as promotional distribution. In that perspective, the country of Japan can be said to have become the benchmark in VR boom will.
(Oculus, Inc. Palmer, CEO of Lucky Mr. taking frequent communication and developers of Japan , the it because I was about to No. 1 in Japan the delivery priority of RiftDK2) ”

7. Who Are some of the Interesting companies or People who Are getting into VR / 360 Photography THESE days?
(recent VR / 360 interested companies / in photograph person anyone?)

“This is SONY. of VR platform PlayStationVR release of You have to raise the bid to the strongest contender, the development of 360video for photography device, not yet started. the world’s highest quality ultra-small CMOS sensor “Exmor R” and stereophonic The combined solutions development professional and is one of the few global manufacturers can. Flame cross-project between the departments because it is too huge companies and the hope that it will be arbitrary, but it is where I want you to stand up and come as a favorite on this occasion. ”

8. What IS your opinion about 360 Video?
(Do you have information about opinion 360video?)

“If you count from one-shot mirror, and then you doing also another eight years 360video, also shooting of using the GoPro is now four years, still ” has not come out shooting device of the definitive edition “, fatal manner probably will. exposed fixed can not GoPro has been still still used as the main if accustomed to 10-fold is .THETA of sensor problem of that, but I very happy …. ”

9. As a pioneer in building the equipment that panoramic photographers use, what kind of trends have you noticed in the last years / decade that might not be obvious to other people?
as a pioneer in the development of equipment (panoramic photographer to use, Here mind and not been apparent from anyone else in between a few years of ’10 is what was Zui, what?)

“Low-cost motor drive mount. Using Bluetooth or WiFi, control iOS / is done in Android. Because it is modular mount, applications will spread to infinity. This idea is not warm from three years ago, when mass production or trying to, I think. ”

10. How do you think Our panoramic Medium Will Evolve over the next years or Decades?
(after the next year or in ’10 our panoramic media, how to go and do you think evolving?)

If I low-cost motor mount that you are trying to develop is spread, it looks like giga pixel panorama can be at once feel free to shoot. More than that, because so time-lapse panorama can be easily taken, and stitch software after the how, I think more so that high-definition content can be obtained with ease. panoramic VR content of end users, such as the THETA and shooting device, will SONY to develop several tens of million yen of camera bipolar differentiation is more one I think not of advancing layer. ”

11. Add any Other Questions / answers you think Are relevant or Interesting 🙂
(other questions / that seems to you the relevant interesting please add an answer freely.)

“Simultaneous shooting type panoramic camera has recently headlines the streets, but in none of the camera has not been adopted, there is a very important function. It is “exposure and is the white balance sensor. ” Exposure / captured from a plurality of lenses and the sensor arranged in all directions to extract color information to calculate the average, to reflect each sensor information, it is a feature that the constant of each color information. It takes a very difficult algorithm, but when this is not, and does not become useless. The camera, which will be developed in the future, it is a feature that all means want to be mounted. “

Hi all, in case you don’t want to miss any of the cool panos our community photographers uploaded last week, we’re here for you. Check out last week’s round-up!


Ice Hotel 2016 – Grand Slide by Luc Villeneuve (click the picture to open the pano)

Ice Hotel 2016 – Bar Neige by Luc Villeneuve (click the picture to open the pano)

Ice Hotel 2016 – Alaskan River Suite by Luc Villeneuve (click the picture to open the pano)

Let’s start in Quebec, Canada this time. Luc Villeneuve uploaded a series of panos from the Ice Hotel. That’s really a place you don’t get to visit every day, so make sure you check all the panos – it’s totally worth having a look. How about spending a night there?


Diner En Blanc Quebec 02 Harpiste 2 by Luc Villeneuve (click the picture to open the pano)

Apart from that, Luc added one more pano from Quebec’s popular Diner en Blanc – and we love the combination of the participants dressed in white and the evening sky above.


Blue Hour Vista, Newcastle Golf Club by Bill Edwards (click the picture to open the pano)

Speaking of the wonderful sky, we need to mention Bill’s wonderful pano from the Newcastle golf club during the blue hour. Simply amazing work.


Winter is here between trees in Poland by Gerald BLONDY (click the picture to open the pano)

Gerald Blondy made our summary again, and it’s absolutely deserved this time as well. Just have a look at the frozen branches of these trees in Poland and you’ll understand why. Especially when Gerald made the pano in -25°C!


Two more panos made our list last week – both from different places of the world.

Argentina Buenos Aires colourful houses by Ralf Hettler (click the picture to open the pano)

Armenian Church Surp Toros in Tavlusun by Heiner Straesser – (click the picture to open the pano)

Hi all! Want to see some panoramic beauty, right? Well, then you’re at the right place. Last week our community protographers uploaded some real gems, so let’s check them out.


Mayor square of Salamanca by Jose Ignacio Teran (click the picture to open the pano)

This week we start in Salamanca, Spain, on its Plaza Mayor. It looks spectacular – especially at night, which gives the buildings all around a truly special look. With its lovely architecture, cafeterias all over the place, this square is definitely a place to visit.


On the iceberg at Jökulsárlón at sun down by Gerald BLONDY (click the picture to open the pano)

When you’re a panoramic photographer, you need to push your limits to make your best pano. That’s what Gerald did here – he climbed an iceberg, battled its slippery surface and the cold surrounding everything. But was all just worth it. Have a look!


Milky Way over Boulder Beach by Aaron Priest (click the picture to open the pano)

Icebergs really are a nature’s miracle, aren’t they? And what about this! The Milky way is amazing, especially when it’s captured on a pano. The cool thing about this one is that Aaron added a detailed description explaining the whole process of making a quality pano. In case you’re new here, check it out.


Greek Church in Cemil by Heiner Straesser – (click the picture to open the pano)

Külliye Hamam by NT360 Sanal Tur (click the picture to open the pano)

For the last two panos of the week, we’re moving to Turkey to see two absolutely different pieces of architecture. On the first one you see a church, which is actually not that old, but the time certainly affected it, and a Turkish bath on the second one, brand new and truly a piece of art.