Over the weekend, I did a little testing of the new Facebook 360 system, which caused many people commenting, asking "HOW DID YOU DO THAT?!"
Well, here's how:
Facebook has rolled out a new software update for photographs (and video) called Facebook 360. For the average user, it takes a panorama that you've shot using your iPhone (or Android App) and converts it to a 360 viewing system. You can then move the camera around to get a "360 degree experience" - though it isn't entirely a 360, considering the connecting edges, and the polar opposite top and bottom. It curves the photo in a sense to encapsulate you in a globe, so it gives you the effect.
It's sort of trippy, and gives you the experience that you're standing right where that person was standing when they took the photograph.
Certain Panorama programs are so low in resolution, it doesn't always come out clear. Also, you have to have special hardware to create an actual video as of right now. (We're sure Apple is working on that whole virtual reality thing as we speak.)
For the advanced user, there are cameras that can also record 360 video, which comes out like this video below:
Take a 360° swim with a gang of ravenous brown bears in a remote lake that's home to one of the richest salmon runs on Earth.
With this, it looks like Facebook is moving into the camera game in terms of linking certain companies on their site that produce 360 video cameras to expand reach, while they also are producing their own 360 camera, as you can see below.
Facebook 360 on Facebook, log in or create an account.
Something tells me this will be an expensive but desired function for things like Award Shows, Galas, and the occasional high roller wedding.
If you'd like to try it for yourself, just shoot a panoramic photo, and then upload it to Facebook using your photo button. If it doesn't convert your photo to a 360, then your Facebook hasn't received the data push it needs yet, and try again in a few days. To learn more, visit their website.
Amy Cooper is a writer and pop culture fact nerd, and on multiple occasions has been referred to as a “Walking iPod.”