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Cardboard Camera produces 3D stereo 360 photos from your phone for free: Google Play, Apple App Store
It takes a while for each panorama but you get stereo, which you won't get from consumer 360 cameras. The stereo looks great in a VR headset. I used it to take some panoramas of an old office before leaving and they really bring back memories. Revisiting old places from the past is one of the best uses of VR IMHO.
Just tried it out on a Galaxy S6 with a cardboard. Holy Shizzle! Even with poor lighting in my livingroom it turns out to be a nice looking 360 VR mode photo. WOW, Simply AMAZING. Is there a similar app for IOS also yet?
If you're on Android, Google just released an app called Carboard Camera that lets you take 3D photo spheres with audio. It has given me more of a feeling of presence than any other app I have tried.
Even if you don't have Cardboard, Cardboard Camera captures good panoramas with depth information and, optionally, sound. If you have a Nexus or Pixel, Google Camera (which I can't find on the Play Store but is on APKMirror) also has solid function for vertical and fisheye panoramas. Can't install it on all devices though.
You can take 360 degree images with the Cardboard Camera app, no special hardware required: [link] A 360 degree camera would make the process of taking a photo significantly easier though.
Nice review, thanks!
If you’re enjoying viewing spherical photos, definitely give Cardboard Camera a try if you haven’t already. It allows you to capture stereoscopic 360 panoramas with sound for ambiance. Capturing a few has become a must for me on any vacation. There’s also built in sharing, so if your family has a Cardboard viewer you can send them a quick link.
yes for 2d 360 videos
If you really want to blow their mind (and save a few bucks) with 3d panorama photos , install the cardboard camera app
Yes, there is, and I'm pissed at the other people telling you "no".
~~[link] (Oops - isn't on iOS)
They really look 3D. It produces two panoramas, one for your left eye, and one for your right eye. This means as you look up and down, the stereo effect diminishes.
I walked around NYC today taking some photos with the new Cardboard Camera app! Unzip and download them to your phone and they should appear in the Cardboard Camera app automatically.
Share any VR Photos you have taken with Cardboard Camera!
Download link for the VR Photos: [link]
Locations: Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center, Times Square, New York Public Library, Grand Central
>those photos will magically transform into something Google calls "VR photos." The images are suddenly three-dimensional; objects in the distance are far away while close-up items seem so close you can touch them.
Just downloaded the app, I'll report back
EDIT: update: having trouble finding my cardboard. Here's the link to the app.
Nice, definitely try Cardboard Camera — it lets you easily make stereo panoramas with a little bit of sound.
For more 360 spheres, have you tried the Street View app yet?
You have two options:
1. Make a panorama which is 3D but does not include the top and bottom using Cardboard Camera
2. Make a complete photo sphere which will not be 3D (it will be flat) using Google Camera
You can view your photo spheres by using the Google Photos Daydream app. Unfortunately, currently no option exists to combine the two photos to create a full three dimensional photo sphere.
I used a Ricoh Theta SC 360 camera. It's about $180 and makes taking 360 images super simple. With that said, most high end Android phones have the ability to create 360 photos from the camera app (by dynamically stitching together a bunch of smaller photos as you wave the phone around like a loon). You can also use the Cardboard Camera app ([link]) to do the same thing.
You’re welcome, hope a new QR code gets the distortion a bit better for you.
I was lazy before, here’s links:
If you only try one app, Cardboard Camera is the one. View and make your own stereo panoramas. Much higher quality than video, and creating one takes about 10 seconds of very carefully holding your phone out and turning in a circle. I make at least a half dozen every time I go on vacation, and then have something to remember it by, and something I can show to family and friends. Also, you can find some randomly posted on Twitter with the #cardboardcamera hashtag.
There's more than one way to skin this cat (or bake this cake if you prefer), but in my opinion the easiest most compelling option is to create stereoscopic panaromas using the Cardboard Camera app.
You can both view the resulting images in the Oculus 360 Photos app.
Nice! If you like panoramas, definitely give Cardboard Camera a shot (assuming you were talking about mono panoramas and aren’t already using it). It’s my most used thing for phone VR, and it works on iOS and regular Cardboard so you can share with everyone.
Sounds good. Maybe consider taking some stereoscopic panoramas with Google Cardboard Camera also. The app takes really good photos when using a tripod
Never tried it though. But my panorama's showed up and also a really old photosphere I think I took with a Galaxy Nexus only. I was pretty disappointed none of my Gear360 stuff seems compatibile either.
Have you tried Cardboard Camera? I don't think you'll do much better for slow or unmoving scenes. For video I don't think a good consumer solution exists. To get something actually good you'd have to go all the way up to a professional solution like GoPro Odyssey or Jaunt Neo.
Even then, 360 video is disappointing to me. Too many technical problems (bad stereo, no motion parallax, not enough resolution) and too many practical problems (you never know where to look, camera motion induces nausea).
No, this is stereoscopic and is a panorama with a blurred out top and bottom. Optionally, sound too. If you're trying to capture a lot of verticality and most objects are far away, I'd guess a Street View sphere would make more sense.
Edit: The app comes with a few samples, give it a shot. Also, just noticed the app ID is com.google.vr.cyclops. Heh.
Interesting find, I have a Pixel so Google Camera is my default camera app and this didn't used to be included.
It appears to be a straight port of the functionality from the separate Cardboard Camera app, so for anyone who doesn't fancy sideloading an apk you can install that app and get the same functionality. It definitely uses the same image format but without the audio track that Cardboard Camera inserts (Oculus Gallery ignores audio anyway).
To see what your screen can do without the limitations of video compression, download Cardboard Camera. It makes and views stereo panoramas, and is my most-used Cardboard app.
Most affordable option today is with Google Cardboard Camera. Preferrably using a tripod for best quality. Although the result is a 360 3D panorama.
Use Cardboard Camera instead, the stitching is way better
(You don't need to use the VR aspect, it's just a nice bonus)
Cardboard Camera creates a 3D effect like this using Paralax. If you use a task killer to shut down Oculus services you can view it from your Gear VR too.
> TL;DR: Can I take to pictures at the same angle and make a picture like this one ([link])
That picture isn't 3D/stereoscopic. It looks like a screenshot of a phone displaying a portion of what is probably a monoscopic 360° video.
> Is there a way for me to, through the use of a computer program, take two images (each taken from a normal camera at the same angle but 2 or more inches apart from each other)
It sounds like you want to create a 3D/stereoscopic image so can experience the illusion of depth in VR. Is that correct? If so, then sure, you can, and there are plenty of ways to do that.
> and distort them such that they would be viewable through a vr headset as a still image at a fixed angle?
You don't need to distort anything. The only reason you see a distorted (or warped) image on a display that is rendering for VR is because it's correcting for the distortion introduced by the optics. And the VR platform itself will do that for you.
Here's the very first thing you should do: assuming you have an Android smartphone with a decent camera, download the Cardboard Camera app. It can create stereoscopic panoramic shots with a single camera in hardly any time at all and with minimal effort. It does this with a combination of multiple shots taken from slightly different angles and some surprisingly effective stitching. You can view these photos with the Carboard Camera app itself and a Cardboard headset, or with the 360 Photos app on either the Rift or the Gear VR. I don't know how you would go about viewing on the Vive, but I'm sure there is a way.
If you want to get more "serious" after that, you can. But you should try this first.
The Surround Shot mode sucks really. That's the reality. The stitching errors are usually significant, and seemingly inevitable.
If you really want to have some fun download the Cardboard Camera app. You can't fill in the top and the bottom of the scene like you can with Samsung's Surround Shot mode, but without much effort and in very little time you'll have a stereoscopic 360° panorama that you can view in the Oculus 360 Photos app (or the Cardboard Camera app itself if you want audio as well).
I'll be surprised if your mind isn't blown a little bit by the quality of the results it can produce with a single camera and minimal fuss.
Those 2 examples you gave don't look like 360 sphere photos, more like VR panorama. 360 sphere photos are hard to get right, as you need to stitch quiet a few photos together while moving the camera. The key is to remember to rotate the phone around the camera, rather than rotate the phone itself, to reduce the amount of seems you get. A tripod helps quiet a bit, and not being close to what your trying to take a picture of.
If you want to duplicate what you have in your examples, the best app I've found for doing that is google's own Cardboard Camera app. You can get it off the play store.
It'll take panorama sized photos, but warps them like 360 sphere photos so that you can properly view them in VR or thru players such as your examples.
Thanks, I agree, I used Google's Cardboard Camera on my phone, which makes nice 3D images. I'm moving in a week after enjoying this view for an awesome five years.
Taken with Google Cardboard Camera.
I'm not sure how to share the stereoscopic+audio version Cardboard uses, but with it on it's 3D and you can hear the window, traffic, and my family in the background.
For the stock samsung camera you may need to go to mode and download surround shot. Alternatively Google's cardboard camera may work as well.
You can use Google's Cardboard Camera to take 360 3D images, it's kind of a neat app - [link]
Takes a little bit of trickery to get the images working on Gear VR, though...
Yup, it's called Cardboard Camera. To view these, download the app and then transfer the pictures to Main storage > DCIM > Cardboard Camera.
This is a quite moving statement. Not sure if you have heard of Google latest effort. Their new app: new Cardboard Camera for Android turn your regular phone camera into a 3D camera. Allowing the user to take 360-Degree photograph.
It is just an idea but you could photograph the reality you're seeing and mixed it with the empowering confession of the patient. With fade in and fade out btw each 360 photograph, I believe you could already have an impact on the community.
Cardboard Camera for Android is available here: [link]
Check this out then. It creates a panorama if you share it or just view it in photos app. It's pretty cool too using the Cardboard Camera App.
Make sure you try the Cardboard camera [link] and the Cedar Point Coaster [link] as well as the Star Wars app Jakku
No, that is a 360 photo.
These are the types of photos the pixel can take:
- 360-degree photos: Spherical photos.
I am talking about that last option. They can only be viewed in a VR headset, but when you do it, it is like you are really there again. You are not just able to look around, but look around in 3d.
The Carboard Camera app can create stereoscopic panoramas with a single smartphone. It directs you to spin around slowly at which point it takes a shot, then another shot from a slightly different angle, and so on, until it has enough data to stitch together into 3D image.
Obviously there are purpose-built cameras that can produce superior results but it's a bunch of fun that you can have in your own home for no additional cost :)
(I have stereo panoramas of our house and other places from years ago now and viewing them in VR is like time travel)
Carboard Camera images can be viewed on the Go using Oculus Gallery or the Oculus 360 Photos app, though for a couple of reasons the viewing experience in better in 360 Photos.
Are you using Cardboard Camera? Results are very high quality using that. I imagine a DSLR capture would be better in mono but I don't see how you'd get stereo.
Edit: if you are using Cardboard Camera already, are you viewing them using the same app?
I haven’t used it nearly as much after getting a WMR HMD, but I still use it for Cardboard Camera. It’s the best app on the platform IMO, because it looks great and allows you to make your own content. Moving stuff (water, people) can ruin it, but OTOH if your friends hold still it can get good stereo captures of them, too.
Anyway, it’s a great way to capture stereo panoramas any time you’re someplace interesting. I grab at least half a dozen on vacation and then share them with family and friends. Also works on iOS, so if you’re friends like them, they can make and view them with the phone they already have.
You should try out the Google VR Cardboard Camera App next time you are up there they have one for the iPhone and Android
I personally haven't tested the camera version but being too disabled to make that hike anymore I think it would be neat to take "a walk around up top" in VR again. If you wouldn't mind.
Not exactly what you’re asking for, but if you haven’t tried it yet, Cardboard Camera is a easy way to make stereo panoramas. Vertically it’s limited by the lens and it only does panoramas, but it doesn’t require anything besides a phone. Also records a little sound clip that adds to the immersion. I always take a few whenever I’m on vacation and they’re great to revisit and share with family.
Not really. Consider the Lens Blur feature of Google Camera, wraparound stereoscopic 3D of Cardboard Camera, or tilt-able 3D stills of Seene (while it lasted). All of these create the same kinds of depth maps as the latest iPhone, but from physically moving the phone a few centimeters during the shot instead of relying on multiple cameras or a fancy sensor.
I don't know of any apps that replicate iOS "Studio Lighting" mode yet, but I'd keep my eyes on the Seene devs (among others), because they sent users a cryptic message about new projects on the horizon back in May of last year before yanking their app from the Play store.
> Seene is working on a new project that will help to invent the future on an even greater scale. To give us renewed focus, we're taking the app offline and out of the app store. You have until 25 August 2016 to export your data, but can continue to use the app offline.
Cardboard Camera does stereo panoramas with ambient sound. If you have a Cardboard or Daydream viewer, you should check it out. You can capture by just turning in a steady circle, takes about 10 seconds, much faster than a photosphere. Doesn't capture the very top and bottom and moving objects will be very distracting, so it isn't ideal for all situations, but the stereo is very nice. You can find captures that others have shared under the #cardboardcamera hashtag on Twitter and in /r/vr_photos.
As someone who got one for free for pre-ordering the Pixel, it isn't worth $50. Maybe more like $25 territory.
Even then, I've only used it a couple of times. Here are some pros though:
It's fun to show friends and family VR pictures I've taken with Cardboard Camera.
Quality VR games/apps are few and far between, but it's getting better.
Even non-VR YouTube videos are cool to watch with Daydream. YouTube's screen size/placement controls are unmatched, and I wish Netflix, Hulu, and the link would implement similarly.
Yes Daydream is Google's VR platform. But strictly speaking, any OEM can make a Daydream headset. There's only one now (the Daydream View, made by directly by Google), but I'd be surprised if at least 1 or 2 more didn't show up at CES next week or MWC in February. I actually own the View as well (got it with my Pixel). It's got less content than the Gear VR at the moment but tracking is comparable, it is more comfortable, and the little controller they included is a nice touch.
As to Gear VR stuff I find entertaining:
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is the only mobile VR game I come back to regularly with friends. Although I will say VR doesn't really add much to it per se--it's also fun on a laptop.
NextVR has some great stereoscopic 3D videos and live experiences, and they do 1 NBA game a week if you have league pass which is great (but I'm a huge NBA fan so I might like that more than others).
I also like taking memories and viewing them later with Cardboard Camera, but you kinda have to use a hack to get it to work properly on GearVR (disable Oculus Services with an Android package disabler).
Anyway, those are my favorites and the only ones that I've thought were worthwhile more than once. But I'm sure there's others that are at least worth checking out. Looks like the people at /r/gearvr are making a top 10 list for the year so far you might also find interesting.
Thanks! I have a lot of ideas on more to add to it and am looking forward to seeing if the feedback matches what I'm already thinking.
If you don't have any photosphere or cardboard camera photos of your own, it'll load up some sample images. However, the best experience is using it for your own photos. I'd recommend checking out Cardboard Camera for Android: [link] or iOS: [link]
Do you refer to this app? [link]
If yes, I've tried it too. It is a very good app, I will also write a review about it, but I doubt it is 3d, or I am confused because the depth is not very well perceived by my eyes.
I took photos with both apps on the same objects, and there is a big difference. I suspect they take the 360 photo 2d and they use a 2d to 3d conversion ( using the same image ), that can trick the eye but if you pay more attention you understand that it is just an effect not real 3d.
Similar to Google Cardboard Camera app perhaps?
It uses a very slow 360 deg panoramic capture to approximate the depth of what it's seeing from the geometry. The result has some aspect of 3d as well as 360 degrees (which is pretty amazing if you ask me in that it can be done from any relatively modern Android phone...)
Also I haven't tried Cardboard Camera but I believe it has simulated stereoscopy, either way it for sure does full Photospheres
it's for '3d' 360 stills and it works with one lens and a shit load of magic math ..... give it a try.
feel free to pm me if you have questions
in short it allows you to take a panorama photo with depth and also records the ambient sounds and puts it all on in a JPG file. If you view the image outside of cardboard camera it appears a little blurry.
I'm using Nova Launcher as well. Here are some other apps I'm using:
Cardboard camera is such a crowd pleaser!
> I'm looking for some awesome apps that I could show my friends if I was introducing them to VR.
I feel inclined to reply only after noticing that this thread (with a couple of exceptions) is a bit of a game-recommendation-fest. But if you want to introduce VR to a broad range of people in a way that wont have half of them relegating it to the level of importance that they assign to the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 that they also don't own, then you need a broader strategy. To that end, I'm not going to mention a single game:
That's it, for now :)
EDIT: Adding to this as I remember things that I've neglected to mention:
Cardboard Camera. Does stereo too, but no zenith or nadir.
I believe he's referring to this one.
NP, maybe try out Cardboard Camera — videos in 360 often aren’t that great even with QHD screens, but photos are a bit sharper.
You mean this app? [link]
Going to give it a shot now!
Cardboard Camera on Google Play: [link]
Wow, this doesn't work with my Galaxy S4. How weirdly fragmented Android is…
You can use the cardboard camera it works really nicely
Google released Cardboard Camera a few days ago, in case anyone missed it. [link]
it's 3D 360 degree and free
you can view the pix on gearvr if you know where to look
It's not open source, but check out cardboard camera: [link]
It doesn't. I mean it will load one of the stereo image pairs (the other is a "base64-encoded binary blob in the image’s metadata"), but not both, and it doesn't have the correct projection mode for the one it can load (which is a 360° panorama as opposed to a 360° sphere).
This is probably the final piece of the puzzle when it comes to making Pigasus the platform's premiere VR image viewer. Any chance of support u/hanginghat? It's a good bit of fun that anyone with a smartphone or a tablet with a camera can participate in.
Technical information: [link]
Cardboard Camera Sample images (distributed with the Cardboard Camera app): [link]
(available on the Apple App Store as well)
About Cardboard Camera app:
>A VR photo is a stereoscopic panorama with sound. Cardboard Camera stores elements of a VR photo as metadata in a JPEG file. The container image acts as the left eye image, while the right eye and an (optional) audio file are stored as base64-encoded binary blobs in the image’s metadata. This allows the photo to be backwards-compatible with ordinary image viewers, which recognize the container (left eye) image and display it as a 2D panoramic photo. Metadata is stored using Adobe’s XMP standard, and is further described in their specification.
No, all 3d360 and 3d180 cameras record video and none are cheap.
Have you tried "Cardboard Camera" on your phone? [link]
cardboard camera app
>Am I doing something wrong with the setup, wrong brightness, something has to be wrong?
More detail might help here. What apps are you trying?
Spherical video is something everyone wants to try, but is almost always disappointing quality-wise, FWIW. Give Cardboard Camera a shot. It doesn't require much for performance and can show your screen at its best unlike video.
The screen itself has a good resolution and size for VR. It's a little older, so screen door effect might be a little more prominent, but that exists to some extent on all phone-based systems. "Fantastic" is possibly overstating it, but compared to a normal sized iPhone it's very good.
Cardboard has a floor of 80+ ms latency, which is noticeable. Daydream, GearVR, and the PC-based HMDs are <20ms but obviously cost a lot more to get into. You could call Cardboard tracking laggy, but if you aren't looking around quickly it isn't all that bad IMO.
Did you apply a QR code? I think the one that comes with the viewer is poor. Try some of the QR codes for your viewer at Hypergridbusiness. Improper distortion will definitely increase the likelihood of getting sick.
If your IPD is significantly different from 64mm, getting a viewer with an IPD adjustment and making your own custom QR code is a good idea.
I can't see any of my photospheres, I'm referring to photos taken with Cardboard Camera: [link]
you can use VR camera app (or 360 panorama cam). there're some apps on Play Store.
Cardboard Camera by Google (Google Play, apk) this is best app
Panorama 360 camera : FB Share(Google Play, apk)
There are a bunch of nice apps, but the two I keep coming back to are Youtube and Streetview.
Streetview is great for virtual sightseeing. Play some fitting ambient sound in the room's speakers and get lost in some nice location, visit sights, see places on the other end of the world without leaving your room. Many famous tourist sights are covered. Mind that the 360 panoramas are not stereoscopic, so they feature no depth perception. But when everything's more than ~6 meters away, this doesn't really matter.
Youtube also offers a lot of 360° content, but just a few stereoscopic ones. (Or I'm just not very good at finding them.)
Here's a small playlist with some good true stereoscopic 360° videos: [link]
Here are some more, but I haven't watched them:
A word of warning though: all 3d videos with camera motion (practically all of them) can cause simulation sickness! So better take a brake if you start to feel queasy.
What else is there? Here's a small list of short, free apps I tried and would recommend:
Cardboard Camera - make your own 360° 3d panorama pictures and visit them later in your cardboard viewer.
Cardboard Crash - cute but very short 3d experience
InMind VR - neat but very short 3d game
Jaunt - neat video tours, concerts etc.; seem to be non-stereoscopic (at least the ones I saw.)
Lamper VR: Firefly Rescue - polished free-to-play 3d game, but can cause motion sickness
Vrse - Launcher and downloader for 3d 360° videos
Cardboard Camera might do it? I've not tried Samsung Camera so I can't really compare.
??? i forget how to use the linkme feature...oh...may only work on r/android...heres the link: [link]
got my DSCVR recently and very excited to play with Cardboard Camera. There's a recent post of someone taking cardboard photos around NYC and I'd love it if there's more people who'd take and share photos of their neighborhoods. If possible, I'd take a bunch of pictures this weekend and hopefully that'd get other people interested.
Your assessment about the Cardboard is pretty much correct. However, it costs next to nothing to produce Cardboards whereas a true VR solution will cost around $350 to $500 and they are not even commercially available yet. We still have a long way to go but what I've seen so far is tentalizing enough for me to buy into the Rift/Vive.
Also if you can: Share some VR pictures too!
As a starting point, any android phone can do this with the Google Cardboard App.
It'll let you take 360 degree photos. You start centered, and it'll overlay the photos as you take them on screen and show you what you need to photograph next to complete the photosphear.
try cardboard camera ?