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I did some googling... apparently the Street View app has similar photosphere functionality?
> create photo spheres to add your own Street View experiences. Start with your phone’s camera or add a one–shot spherical camera (like the RICOH THETA S) for easy 360º photography. Then, you can publish to Google Maps to share your photo spheres with the world.
I'm surprised to learn both that there's a dedicated street view app, and that it has a built in photosphere feature...
...typical google with their incoherent approach to software support...
You can make your own street view with Google's street view app. You don't have to wait for a Google car to do it. Android and iPhone.
I use special app from Google: "Street View". (this, I think: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.street&hl=en ). I don't feel any ignorance :)
App asks you to shoot a lot of pictures turning your phone around you to capture entire sphere. It uses hyroscope/accelecometer to understand in what direction you camera looking at and also it uses some sort of "keypoints" in image data. After you took ~20...40 pictures around, you press "done" button and app performs calculations (i think it uses some sort of SIFT/SURF - algorithms) to stitch all your images into sphere. This process eating a lot of CPU and battery. Result depends on many factors: how you move camera (you must rotate camera with rotation axis going through your camera, not your body), amount of light (algorithm need crisp images to find as many "keypoints" as possible). 50% of results are bad, my phone has some troubles with hyroscope and this has affect on result sometimes. Sometimes i turn around 360 degrees, but app think that I turned 500 degrees or so :)
So the main subject you want to google is SIFT algorithm, I think.
You can always shoot a new google photosphere to show new objects, or removal of old ones.
Everyone can contribute with the StreetView App
Street view app by google. This lets you take 360 degree photos on your phone. Quite amazing. I did not find any free app which can let me do this. For that matter none of the free app do so efficiently as this app. check here [link]
You need to submit them through the Street View app: [link]
When you import a 360 photo you'll have the option to set an exact location if it isn't already in the image's EXIF data. You can also opt to attach it to a place listing as well, but it isn't required.
The free Google street view app available on iOS and Android.
However it does take some patients and is quite fiddly to get right.
You need to take 40+ photos round all around in 360 degrees and make sure they line up properly.
You need an accelerometer in your phone (all iPhones) and some Android phones.
Yes, you can
Did you take it with the Google Photos app?
To include them in Maps you need to instead use the Street View app. The photosphere camera is also built into that app.
The newest version of the Street View app includes the ability to import any photospheres it finds on your device that were taken with the camera app.
The Google Street View app can do that: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.street&hl=en
The Google Street View App has a native photosphere camera function built-in:
If for some reason it isn't working on Google Camera, Street View should work.
Hit the fob button in the lower right, choose camera.
Anybody knows what your phone needs to beable to make photo spheres?
My just throws an error "phone can't yadayada" without telling why.
Their site doesn't explain either.
A moment of your time, sir!
Had to install Android version of Google View today.
See what screenshots are used. Especially the one depicting CordeValle One Iron Bar.
Coincidence? Riiiiiiiiight. ;]
You could use the street view app to capture 360 pictures at the points you want(you would also be able to view these tours online).It will allow you to chain those pictures together if you would like to do as well. I'm not sure if there is an api for viewing the pictures in a 3rd party app.
I still use the default app called "Camera" made by Google, but it appears that they migrated the photosphere capabilities to the Google Street View app as it appears you figured out already:
The Street View phone app does support Cardboard! A little limited, but still fun to try out. Also lets you take photospheres that you can view in Cardboard. And if you like taking photospheres, give Cardboard Camera a shot - it makes stereo panoramas, which are pretty neat and faster to capture than a photosphere.
Both apps are available for iOS as well, I use them both every time I take a trip.
Edit: iOS versions Street View, Cardboard Camera
There's a what now?
Oh gee whodathunk?
It is called Street View now :)
I have bregrudgingly been getting local agents to take Photospheres of POIs that are otherwise not visible on Street View, because OPR agents have as far as I am able to determine collectively elected to reject submissions without such imagery.
They're supposed to vote "3" on location if the POI is plausibly there but they can't find it; instead they vote a 1-2 (aka "rejection"). Uploading a Photosphere helps to mitigate that mindset.
Ironically I am able to move any location for any Photosphere I've already uploaded, even after they've been approved onto Google Maps.
The Street View app makes photospheres and doesn’t need sideloading FWIW. There’s an iOS version also.
You can create tours in the Streetview app
This is a photo from a user. You can download the Street View app, take photos in every direction, and it will stitch them together into a sphere. Then you can upload your photo spheres to Google Maps. [Android, iOS]
This was taken in 2013. The stitching algorithm has been improved a lot since then, but if you take a photo where a person's body is crossing the border with another photo where they're not there, there's only so much blending it can do.
Viewing and submitting them on mobile needs the Google Street View app (Android, iOS). Here's the support page for instructions on submitting them. Ideally, for Street View, Google would want you to take a photosphere every 10 feet along the whole trail, but for Niantic's purposes a single photosphere at the point of interest will be enough to help OPR verify the portal submission.
>but a 1080p downloaded video will look ok right? as that is the screen res?
Sadly, no. A video with the same resolution as your screen looks fine when it covers just the screen. A spherical video stretches to encompass every direction you can look. A 3D video splits the resolution in half for each eye. Google and Facebook are both developing directionally-biased video which would help quite a bit, but it's a ways out.
Some quick math. It's worth noting that pixels per degree for normal screens varies depending on how close you are, so there's no sense in trying to be too precise here.
Your iPhone 6+ has about 70 pixels-per-angular degree in normal use. Very nice!
A high resolution computer monitor or TV is very very roughly around 60 pixels-per-degree — check this article and chart for a guide for screen size / distance / 60 pixels-per-degree-ness.
Inside a Cardboard viewer, the screen is split for each eye, and a lens makes the image make very roughly 90° horizontally. 1920 horizontal pixels / 2 eyes / 90 degrees = 10.6 pixels-per-degree. Pretty bad.
Spherical video using an equirectangular mapping stretches the video frame evenly across 360 horizontal degrees. 1920 horizontal pixels / 360 degrees = 5.3 pixels-per-degree. Miserable.
The iPhone 6+ and 6S+ are just barely getting to the usable VR bar. 2560x1440 QHD displays are used on all the GearVR-compatible phones, and VR-enthusiasts keep hoping for 4K UHD displays. QHD @ 90° ~= 14.2 PPD, UHD ~= 21.3 PPD. Although no current phones offer a full RGB-stripe OLED display, so it isn't as much of an improvement over 1080p LCD as the numbers suggest.
Going the other way, what size video would you need to make stuff look good?
70 PPD looks great on your iPhone 6+ at it's normal use distance. 70 PPD * 360° = 25.2k horizontal pixels. Stereo would be nice too, so double that to 50.4k horizontal pixels for an equirectangular-mapped video that looks as good as using your iPhone 6+ day-to-day.
70 PPD * 90° for an average VR viewer * 2 eyes = 12.6k horizontal pixels. A 16:9 aspect ratio means 7088 vertical pixels. 12.6k * 7k = 89 megapixels. 4k UHD is 8.3 megapixels, so we're talking about an order of magnitude, not a ~3x improvement over 4k UHD. Although ideally we'd also want a much larger FOV — up to 170° per eye.
The takeaway is that spherical video isn't going to look really great anytime soon — we need new formats, lower-latency and higher-bandwidth streaming, and improved phone resolution and decoding hardware to provide the video quality that people imagine when they think of VR before they try it.
You might want to give Google Street View iOS Android a try, though. Still images should show you real environments in just about the maximum quality your phone can display in VR.
I've camped in Deer Hollows twice, and tomorrow we're booking for a third year. The showers aren't that big of a deal, honestly. You can bike or drive over and shower in the other site. There's also a public pool in the main area with much nicer showers. Plus, you're camping. Who cares if you get a lil' stinky!?
I actually took a stereographic panorama (think Google Streetview) in Deer Hollows a few years back during my first stay in Cypress. I uploaded it to Google Maps yesterday, so the timing your timing is rather impressive! This works best on a PC browser, it doesn't play so nice with mobile unless you search for it on the actual Streetview app.
But yeah, I went about 20' or 30' in to the brush for this shot. It's just off of site #22. You'd better not snipe our spot!
Edit: Inspired by u/hmmmburger to share some of my Cypress photos: [link]
It seems like they've pushed viewing of Photospheres into the new Street View app.
Also, checkout the Street View app. It can create/edit panoramas.
You can use Google Street View app instead.
These are a few I have been using recently. There are definitely more posts about app suggestions that you could find, but for now, here are 4 apps that I suggest:
Google Street View
-You may have already downloaded this, but this standalone app is a great way to explore the world in VR. I have used this app the most since I purchased my headset.
Cardboard Crash - Sundance Edition
-This app is about the ethics of smart car AI, it is pretty short, but an interesting and free experience.
-This app is a trippy experience with music from the electronic artist squarepusher. It has really interesting aesthetics and is also free.
Wizard Academy - VR Cardboard
-This is a game, but I think it is an interesting technique for VR. You basically have a wand that is like a laser pointer as your cursor, but how you move is by walking in place. It is full of mini games for your "wizard training" with low poly styled graphics.
I think Google rebranded it as Street View. It's not bundled with the S9, though.
Try the full Street View app, I was trying to do the same thing last night [link]
I use this [link]
Streetview allows you to take photospheres/panoramas like Google Camera
If you download Street View it should.
I do, because of the unique functions that it does well:
Photo Sphere - Google now allows 50MP Photo Spheres, which is excellent! Google Street View has a Photo Sphere function that automates the process of placing it in Google Maps, though it's still do-able once you have it in Google Photos and/or on your phone when captured with Google Camera.
Lens Blur - Though intended for use on intimate object, plants, small yard fountains, etc..., I've had good luck getting some neat effects similar to tilt-shift, and at least strong depth of field.
Of course it does not do all yet (I've got a post I'm working on re: that soon), so I use the still-excellent Samsung Camera app. It's great for the video options presented:
Recording Mode - This allows for some fun time-lapse work. I used the "Fast motion" option to make some vids here, here, and here.
Burst shots - I can imagine many uses for this that I've yet to explore.
Elsewise though, my default go-to is the Google Camera app.
They made a separate app a couple of days ago