Expore 360-Degree Flickr Pics With Samsung’s Gear VR

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Flickr Comes To Gear VR With 360 Degree Photo Viewing Experience.

Samsung hopes to create the first success story in this field with its Gear VR headset, which avoids the twin traps of being either too complicated or performing too poorly, and retails in Hong Kong for US$115.

Flickr’s 15 billion photos are there for our consumption at any time, but beyond seeing static photos there hasn’t been much of an experience upgrade over the years for diving into the world around you.Yahoo is best known for their online search engine, but they have their hand in a number of other products and services across multiple platforms as well, including photo storage with . There’s been some talk about developing a Gear VR app among the site’s “Equirectangular” group-the platform’s largest group dedicated to uploading 360 photos with over 1,700 members posting almost 15,000 photos-for some months now. When you first open the new Flickr app on Samsung Gear VR, you’ll be greeted with carousel of curated 360-degree photos from Flickr, such as the Aurora Borealis in Finland or the Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River in Arizona. More features will be added soon, including the ability for Flickr to automatically detect 360-degree photos on upload and enable the VR viewer on the photo page.

If you’re still waiting on your Gear VR to arrive, Web users can, in the meantime, click and drag around an image with their mouse for a similar, though less immersive, experience. Only four high-end handsets are supported – the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and Note5 – so make sure you either have one of these, or are planning to buy one. Anyone that’s owned any type of virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) over the past year will have likely seen at least one 360 degree video from Jaunt, a cinematic VR company. The good news is that although Yahoo hasn’t mentioned anything definitive, it seems that they at least have plans to introduce something for other VR headset types.

Flickr says it’s working on other 360° photo features and experiences for both VR headsets and for mobile devices, and that this new app “is just the beginning”. The distance between the screen and your eyes on the goggle-like gadget can also be adjusted, and the enclosure offers enough room to keep your specs on – great for those suffering from myopia. Flickr VR on Gear VR is a small scale project, because Samsung could definitely team up with giants like Instagram and create a new interface, a new way to experience social media.

Facebook’s Oculus Rift and HTC’s Vive stand at the expensive, high-performing end of the spectrum, but both are still months away from being released.

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