At a glance I always wondered what I could do with something like the Samsung Gear 360. Recently I got to spend some time with the device and I can’t believe how amazing the device truly is.
The packaging is a bit large for the device and what comes with it but that being said in the cylinder you get the device itself, removable rechargeable battery, a carrying pouch, usb cable, manual, and key for additional software.
The Gear 360 has a small tripod attached that can be removed so the device can be easily attached to any standard tripod. The device alone can store photos photos and video but also has a micro SD card slot.
The device itself can be remote controlled by most recent Samsung phones via a Samsung Gear 360 app it can also act in stand-alone mode using the mode and action buttons. I could see uses for tablets to leverage the device but at this time it’s limited to S6 and S7 phones.
I started by taking some pictures around work. I could see many uses for the device especially if you are trying to explain to someone the layout of a room, trying to sell a house, or even using It as a training/instructional utility. Displaying the photos is pretty easy. Google photos allows you to view them in a VR type mode and you can also easily upload to Facebook.
I found an amazing open source viewer at pannellum.org. The viewer now only offers a plugin free ability for others to see your photos from any website, it also allows you to note items and layout multiple rooms connected by clicking links within the photo.
As a geek I totally plan on doing some VR type photos with actions figures and taking some pictures of my 2 year old playing with trains and family.
For more information and more tech topics check out AwesomeCast Episode 299:
Next up I also plan on looking for the same type of viewer for video.