Google Promises New YouTube Experience with 360-Degree Videos
The search engine giant, Google, will be launching 360-degree videos on its highly popular video sharing site, YouTube, in these upcoming few weeks. In an official company statement published on Gizmodo, Google claims that YouTube will become an online video platform that supports 360-degree video recording captured with special cameras, such as, the Kodak Pixpro SP360, Giroptic 360cam and also the Ricoh Theta.
As reported by the Gizmodo, the spokesperson for YouTube simply mentions that the staffs at the company are working actively to realize the 360-degree video support for YouTube. Unfortunately, there are no words as to how the feature will work exactly.
It turns out that the world’s largest video sharing site will not be the only site belonging to Google that will be treated with the 360-degree video support. Google will reportedly add this very feature to its Street View site as well.
Yet, it seems that the search engine company is not alone here. Only recently, the South Korean tech vendor, Samsung, also announced a similar technology called the Milk VR, with the VR most likely representing Virtual Reality. The difference between the 360-degree video support offered by Google and the one offered by Samsung, it seems, is that Samsung is focusing the technology more on its Gear VR or other products whereas Google is focusing its version of the technology more on an open ecosystem.
In order to enjoy the 360-degree video function, users will have to use a special head-mounted display device. Some examples include the Samsung Gear VR, the Oculus Rift or the pretty affordable Cardboard VR from Google.
For your information, the Cardboard VR from Google is a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) kit for users to make their own head-mounted display device, by means of a cardboard and an Android smartphone. For those looking for some guides on how to make the Google Cardboard VR, they may as well pay a visit to the Chrome Experiments.
Monday, January 12, 2015