There are so many awesome places to see in the world. Too bad there just isn't enough time, or money, to see the Grand Canyon, the Great Wall of China, Niagara Falls, the Egyptian pyramids or Stonehenge in one shot.
But what if you could? What if there was a place where not only can you see those places in one sitting, but have a complete 360-degree view of each one?
Well, considering smartphones already have panorama abilities in their camera settings, people now have an outlet where they can post their footage for all of their friends and family to see. If one of your friends is backpacking through Europe or walking along the beach in the Bahamas, you can live vicariously through them, visually speaking.
Facebook has finally announced the implementation of 360-degree photos in the News Feed. Users can distinguish them by clicking the compass icon in the upper right-hand corner of the image. Then they can click and drag on the actual image to be able to view the entire scene. If someone is using their smartphone, all they basically have to do is move their phone around and the picture will move. Pretty cool!
This news comes on the heels of Oculus VR wanting to allow more content to be viewed on the Oculus Rift and Gear VR headset for those who have a newer Galaxy smartphone.
Andy Huang, Facebook product manager, stated, "Along with 360 photos from your friends and family, you can discover stunning new 360 photos on Facebook from public figures, publishers, and other organizations. These photos give you the ability to take the stage in front of 100,000 fans with Paul McCartney, get behind-the-scenes access to the Supreme Court via The New York Times, visit the International Space Station with NASA, and more."
Facebook announced its own 17-camera array called Facebook Surround at F8 in early 2016 in an effort to promote its 360-degree content. With the help of GitHub, the project aims to improve the image quality of the 360-degree video by testing how the individual shutters close while footage is being recorded.
It's not clear exactly when the 360-degree photos will appear on News Feeds, but Facebook is working on improving it and introducing it to mainstream users soon. Then the ball will be in our court as to whether or not we'll like it and want to keep using it.
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