Google Daydream and 360° Pictures and Videos

For as long as I could remember, I have always been interested in emerging technology. From the Macintosh computer, Atari and Nintendo in the 1980s to making sure our family computer in the early 1990s had a CD-RW drive to make my own mixes, I’ve tried to stay on the cutting edge of consumer electronics.

Recently I’ve gotten a Google Daydream VR headset. Daydream is an upgrade to Google’s Cardboard, a cheap VR headset to open the VR world to the masses. The Daydream headset pairs well with my Google Pixel and opened a new world of entertainment to me.

Just watching content created by others has not been enough for me. I’ve started looking into ways I can make my own. I started with recording 360° videos and pictures with a few different devices and apps.

For 360° pictures, you can utilize a few different apps. I have used Google Cardboard Camera, which is available for both Android and iOS, to make 360° panoramas. I also used my Pixel’s native Camera app to make 360°x360° photo spheres.

Here are a few examples of pictures I have taken with my phone:

This is a 360° panorama of Marsh Park and the LA River Bike Path.

This is a 360° panorama of Marsh Skate Park.

This is a 360° photosphere of my office.

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