Google Cardboard Camera lets you take your own 360-degree 3D shots
Too often with smartphone features and accessories, there’s a mismatch between creation and consumption. Take 4K video for instance: if you’ve got a modern flagship, there’s a decent chance your phone is capable of 4K video capture, but so far only Sony’s managed to give us a phone that can actually display such content in its native resolution. These days, the same can be said about virtual reality, and while inexpensive Google Cardboard viewers have made it easy for users to immerse themselves in first-person 3D worlds, there hasn’t been much in the way of convenient options for creating your own content. Sure, you could use head-tracking to view panoramic photos – but they’d still be in 2D. Now Google’s got a new app that addresses that oversight, allowing you to shoot and view panoramas will full 3D support.
Almost magically, creating 3D panoramas in the aptly named Cardboard Camera isn’t that different from shooting a traditional 2D panorama: you simply stay in one spot and slowly pan your camera to the right. Thanks to some advanced algorithms, Google’s able to extract depth info from the data gathered by your phone’s single rear camera, and after a little processing, you’ve got a 3D panorama all ready to view.
The app comes with a number of samples to show you what’s possible, but it’s also super easy to dive right in and start creating your own. If you’ve got a Google Cardboard viewer (like one of those snazzy new Star Wars models Verizon is handing out), give it a try for yourself and create some of your own 3D landscapes.