I was as thrilled as you are when I found out smartphones were able to capture panoramic photos. Finally, my stunning imagery could be seen on a 360-degree scale! I could not only Instagram my Chipotle burrito, but people could bask in the restaurant’s ambiance right along with me!
Unfortunately, my world came crashing down when I suddenly realized even the best of iPhones and Androids could not counteract my shaky hands. Thus, my panorama shots often look as if I sneezed halfway through taking the photo.
I know I was also not alone when I chuckled at Google Cardboard when it was released. The typical first impression would be to scoff at the notion that any cardboard-based virtual reality gadget could become relevant in today’s age of high-tech toys!
Now, Cardboard has stepped it up. The new Cardboard Camera app for Android turns your smartphone into a bona fide virtual reality camera. According to Google’s blog post, “VR photos are three-dimensional panoramas, with slightly different views for each eye, so near things look near and far things look far.”
|"This is so much fun I can't even stand it."|
The app even notifies you if you’re spinning too quickly while taking your panorama, so you can avoid mishaps like the image below!
|"Looks great, Barry. A quick Valencia filter should clear that right up."|
It's not just your own images you can explore. Think of the Cardboard Camera app as Google Street View attached to your hip. Cardboard provides you with your own little personal transporter now.
|Could you imagine this in 2D? What are we, cavemen?|
Admit it, if your buddy sent you photos like this, it would make you want to invest in some Cardboard so you could experience it for yourself.
|"You forgot the lighter, Greg. You had ONE job!"|
This could be a big breakthrough for Cardboard that helps it shake its dime-store 'novelty' label. The app is available for free in the Google Play store, and you can always make your own Google Cardboard via the blueprints online and an old pizza box. Go check it out!
Have you used Google Cardboard? What do you think of this new feature? Let us know in the comment section!