Remember when 3D TV was hot some years ago and then interest in it faded. Now we have a new craze: virtual reality glasses and 360 degree video on then.
YouTube Developing Live 360-Degree Video Capability as it seeks to extend its lead in virtual reality with live immersive broadcasts. The virtual reality video production chain is pretty ready when Affordable 360 Degree Camera Lets Anyone Create Virtual Reality Videos and YouTube rolls out support for 360-degree live streams and spatial audio. Few days ago YouTube began supporting 360-degree live streaming on its service, confirming reports from earlier this year stating that such a feature was in development. With this announcement, YouTube seems to be the first to launch 360-degree live streaming and spatial audio at scale. Watch the 360 degree videos YouTube channel for example videos.
You don’t need to buy expensive VR glasses ready to view this 360 degree video craze. Google Cardboard DIY VR glasses hack lets you to Watch 360 degree videos with your Android smart phone. The 360 degree videos also work on your browser (although is much less immersive). Here is one 360 degree videos to get the idea.
YouTube may be first to the punch with live-streaming, but watch this space. Facebook’s got the individual pieces in place to match the feature, from the cameras to the apps to the Oculus Rift. Twitch has VR apps and supports VR content. Periscope and Meerkat almost certainly are doing something in VR.