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posted by Fnord666 on Friday June 23 2017, @03:03PM   Printer-friendly
from the ontology-rules dept.

Google is launching VR180, a format which ignores the world behind the camera:

Google is launching a new, more limited cinematic VR format that it hopes will be almost as accessible as regular YouTube videos. It's called VR180, a collaboration between YouTube and Google's Daydream VR division. And it'll be produced with a new line of cameras from Yi, Lenovo, and LG, as well as other partners who meet VR180 certification standards.

As the name suggests, VR180 videos don't stretch all the way around a viewer in VR. They're supposed to be immersive if you're facing forward, but you can't turn and glance behind you. Outside VR, they'll appear as traditional flat videos, but you can watch them in 3D virtual reality through the YouTube app with a Google Cardboard, Daydream, or PlayStation VR headset.

Creators can shoot the videos using any camera with a VR180 certification. Google's Daydream team is working with the three companies above, and the first of their VR180 products are supposed to launch this winter, at roughly the same price as a point-and-shoot camera. So far, the only image we've seen is the one above, a line drawing of Lenovo's design. It appears to have two wide-angle lenses that can shoot stereoscopic video, and it's a far cry from the expensive alien orbs that we often see in VR film shoots.

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  • (Score: 2) by Pino P on Friday June 23 2017, @05:01PM

    by Pino P (4721) on Friday June 23 2017, @05:01PM (#530080) Journal

    What you can't usefully do it tilt your head (ruined 3D effect) move your head around (no data for behind you).

    Drawbacks that IMAX Dome shares. Perhaps over a certain amount of roll, the viewer could fall back to 2D.

    Now of course, what happens if you do tilt and move your head around? If there is head tracking, you can see a black hemisphere behind you.

    Or this hemisphere could be filled with cartoonish heads of a virtual audience in the seats of a dome.

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