Splash app: shoot 360-degree videos on your iPhone

SWSX festival always brings fresh technology news. Viorama, a Berlin-based VR startup, today announced the closed beta launch of Splash: a new innovative app that works in the realm of 360-degree video. All you need is a iPhone. You can watch these videos and create your own panoramic video. The app supports Google Cardboard VR headsets, giving you multiple viewing options. You can also create your own 360-degree videos, and upload them directly to Facebook, or share elsewhere as a link. Very smart idea – now its easy to produce and enables people who have no idea about the technical aspects of 360 degree video to make their own content.

 

You can sign up for Splash either with your Facebook account or an email address. Here’s what you can expect from the app:

  • Capture a 360° panorama of videos that loop and sound
  • Use touch to control the video
  • UX similar to Snapchat – just shoot & publish!
  • Stereoscopic mode for Google Cardboard and other tray-based headsets with intuitive feed. Preview only video is monoscopic from what we can tell it is not true stereoscopic.
  • Read more about every 360° video captured by other users – see notes and location data.
  • Like in 3D: You can tap double anywhere to do a like that gets mapped to the 3D space.
  • See a gallery of the 360° videos you captured yourself
  • Share any Splash 360° video to Facebook and let your friends experience it in the 360° – enabled player on Facebook

You can get started with 360-degree video in Splash now! If you do let us know and leave a link to the video you make.
Free – Download Now from the appstore.
Featured image via RoadtoVR

Samsung Gear 360 camera at the Oscars

Popular vlogger Casey Neistat published a 360 video showing off Samsung’s new Gear 360. From what we can see quality is better then Ricoh Theta but stiching is still far from perfect. Enjoy Leo getting a Oscar. In 360. What great cool times we live in, eh?

The project was initiated by Samsung PR that reached out to Neistat to film the event. Do you think this kind of documentary vlog style 360 videos will catch on? Only time will tell.

Hugvr is the easiest way to livestream 360° video

Norikazu Takagi CEO of Ducklings Inc. living in Japan is making “The easiest way to 360 degree livestream service. Currently supporting Ricoh Theta 360 cameras, soon Gear 360 and  Nikon Keymission & Vuse support is planned.

We reached out to him and asked a few questions. His story is that he would want to attened his grand-sons wedding but he cannot move from bed. Many people may be in a similar situation where they would like to be part of something but cannot because of physical distance. Hugvr letts users easily stream and (coming soon) embed 360 video is about to change that. Head on to HUG(β): https://hugvr.com/and have a look how 360 livestreaming currently works. The company is based in Japan.  http://ducklings.jp/

Norikazu asked about what does he think about the current 360 cameras and what can be improved for user experience replied:

In the next two years, the function will be greatly improved.
A lot of people will have as in the previous digital camera that smartphone will be released. Image quality and FPS will be improved, then users can good experience with HMD .