360 Photo Sharing Sites

Here is a list of sites and apps for sharing 360 photos and videos (free unless otherwise stated):

  1. 360 Cities (Android, iOS, Desktop).
  2. 360player.io (Desktop). This one is not so much a photo sharing service, but a way to host 360 photos and embed them in your webpage.
  3. Blend Media (Desktop)
  4. Facebook Im sure we all know this one.
  5. Flickr VR (Desktop, Gear VR)
  6. Gala360app.com (Android; Google Daydream; Gear VR; supports 3D 360)
  7. Google Photos (Android; iOS; Desktop) Not a sharing site per se, I use this for backing up to the cloud, creating space on my phone. You are able to share links if you wanted.
  8. Google Streetview  (Android; iOS; Desktop)
  9. InPatium (Desktop). Primarily for virtual tours. I filled out the sign up, but it just hangs. Will try again some other time.
  10. Kuula (Desktop, Android, iOS, Gear VR) This has some cool filter effects and allows you to embed to your website.
  11. Littlstar (Android, iOS, Desktop& embed)
  12. Lookabout (iOS).
  13. Mapillary (Desktop). This is similar to Google Maps, but is open source.
  14. Momento360 (Desktop, Gear VR; both photos and videos)
  15. Patches (Used to be Vizor). Desktop based for building virtual tours and WebVR experiences by drag and drop.
  16. Panotica (Desktop).
  17. Portby (Android, iOS).
  18. Presence VR (Android, iOS).
  19. Roundme (desktop, Android, iOS)
  20. Spinnable (iOS only for now. Android, Desktop & Gear VR all coming soon) also supports sharing of short video clips, has live streamed events).
  21. Spinattic Create virtual tours with interfaces that can be customized easily.
  22. TaroVR (Desktop)
  23. Verpix (iOS, Desktop; supports both photos and videos).
  24. VRapp.co (Desktop; supports photos and videos) upload, share photos, videos and create VR tours.
  25. YouTube

Not forgetting that camera manufacturers have their own sharing sites to:

  1. Bublcam’s Xplor.
  2. Giroptic.com.
  3. Insta360 (through the Android or iOS apps).
  4. Madv360 (for Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere).
  5. Theta360.com

There’s also some great groups and communities to be interacting with on Social media:

  1. 360 Cameras group any brand, any type (Ricoh Theta, Samsung Gear 360 etc.)
  2. 360° Panoramic Photographers on Facebook
  3. 360 For All
  4. 360° Light Painting
  5. 360 VR Camera Users Community (Samsung Gear 360, Ricoh Theta, Kodak SP360)
  6. Collect 360 app – Users group and 360 tips
  7. Facebook 360 Community
  8. Fusion 360 Users
  9. Garmin Virb 360 users and fans
  10. Google+ Photo Sphere community
  11. Insta360 Community
  12. Ricoh THETA Users on Facebook
  13. Samsung Gear 360 (2017)
  14. Samsung Gear VR 360°
  15. Xiaomi Mijia MI SPHERE 360 Camera Users and Fans

Do you know of any other platforms that I missed? Please post in the comments!

Dartmouth Steam Railway

Take a trip back in time and travel on the majestic Dartmouth Steam Railway between Paignton & Kingswear.

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Paignton Station

Passing Goodrington Beach

Travelling alongside the river Dart.

Pulling into Kingswear

Kingswear Station.

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Location/Facts:

A return trip to Dartmouth will cost

  • Adults £16.75
  • Child £10.00
  • Family Ticket 2 Adults 3 children £45.50.

This also includes the passenger ferry Kingswear to Dartmouth.

If you have the time the time buy the famous Round Robin tour, it’s the best way to explore! This includes the steam train, river boat and bus visiting the towns of Paignton, Dartmouth and Totnes. Journey times are: steam train (30 minutes), river boat (90 minutes) and bus (30 minutes).

This is an award-winning ticket and a favourite with the locals both young and old. Often used to include all the fun of an ale trail with many interesting pubs along the way.

  • The Round Robin runs from 1st April to 28th October in 2017.
  • The Round Robin changes daily due to the tides on the River Dart at Totnes.

Round Robin Prices

  • Adult £26.50
  • Child (3-15) £16.00
  • Concession (aged 60 +) £25.00
  • Family Ticket (2 Ad & max 3ch) £71.50

Getting There:

Queens Park Station, Torbay Rd, Paignton TQ4 6AF. Directly behind the Paignton Train station.

Nearby Destinations:

Helpful Tips:

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Kingsbeer Festival - KingsBeer Festival is set just behind the Kingswear railway station. Being right on the embankment it has great views of the River Dart. There was over 60 ales from across the UK, around 10 ciders (plus wines and soft drinks) and live music to keep you entertained! … Continue reading Kingsbeer Festival

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Mansands Beach

Just a mile from Brixham lies this stunning secluded beach very few even realise exists. To get there you have a 15-20 minute walk from the nearest car park, there are a few large puddles to negotiate and it can be very muddy if it has rained recently.

You’ll pass a small bird hide overlooking the lake, with information on the walls explaining the sort of wildlife that can be seen.

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When I had the chance to head down with the camera unfortunately I didn’t think about the tide and it was in. The best time to go down would be on a low tide as it exposes the expanse of sand and you can get around to the small cove where there’s a small picturesque waterfall.

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This is probably my favourite beach in the area as it’s usually nice and quiet. At times if your lucky, you can have the entire beach to yourself.

Location/Facts:

Mansands is a stunning secluded pebble beach and is best seen on low tide as it exposes the sand. Behind the beach is a brackish lake, a haven for all sorts of wildlife and a bird hide managed by the National Trust. Grass snakes inhabit the area around the lagoon and can occasionally be seen swimming in the water.

Given its rural location there are no facilities at the beach and swimmers should be aware of possible rip currents on the turning tide.

The Mansands Circular walk is 2 miles and a moderate walk with 2 steep ascents and 1 steep descent.

Getting There:

The approach road can be muddy and does have a few pot holes.

  • By Car, About 1 mile from Brixham. From Hill head heading toward Kingswear past the campsite, take the turning for Coleton Fishacre. Follow this road passing a tree that’s in the middle of the road up hill and around to the left. Take the next left Woodhuish Lane signposted Mansands. Keep driving passing the car park for Scabbacombe, then Woodhuish farm, the car park is just past some barns. From here it’s about a 15 minute walk down to the beach.
  • Walking, This is the only way to reach the beach, it can be muddy and a few large puddles to navigate. It’s located on the South West Coastal Path, so you can approach from Sharkham point or Kingswear, but both of these parts of the path are challenging with steep hills and steps.

Weather:
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Helpful Tips:

  • The approach road & walk can be muddy and does have a few pot holes.
  • Not recommended for those with mobility problems.
  • There are No facilities.
  • There are No lifeguards.
  • Potential tidal cut-off, strong winds.
  • Dogs allowed all year round.
  • Beach type: Sand and pebbles.

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Apply to the Street View Camera Loan Program

Interested in 360 cameras? Wondering what all the fuss is about? Interested in testing a 360 camera and discovering how you can create your own Street View 360 images? Read on!

Google announced an expansion of the Street View camera loan program to include 360 cameras. Currently available to loan in the Netherlands, Austria, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Apply to borrow a Street View camera, by filling out the form and explain a bit about any projects you have in mind. If you participate in the Local Guides program they will fast-track your application. If you are selected, you will be able to retain the camera for 45 days, with the possibility of an extension.

After I had applied, it took around 3-4 weeks to receive a reply that my application was accepted 🙂 You then have to use another form to confirm you still want to participate and proceed with the program.

Once they receive your response, they will proceed with the loan and ship the equipment in 2 weeks time. I received the item shipped email after 11 days.

This is the equipment that I was sent.

  • 1 Ricoh Theta S
  • 1 Camera Pouch
  • 1 USB Cable
  • 1 Monopod
  • 1 Mini Tripod
  • 1 Helmet Mount
  • Disposable adhesive strips (for helmet mount)

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VRDL360 Won’t Support Live Streaming

The upcoming 7K VRDL360 won’t be support live streaming after all.

A message from Rao Jinhe (the CMO)

Here are those production shots in more detail:

 

Rao Jinhe This decision affects only live streaming feature. We will be providing desktop software for both Windows and Mac for live streaming in the future and you can still use your smartphone’s cellular network for live streaming with iOS app ( we know this may be a crazy idea). 

The decision is so they can concentrate on the quality of photo/video. Needless to say there has been a level of disappointment perceived, as well as some understanding from backers:

“You guys are aware of how fast the 360 camera technology is moving right? Every contender on the market can live stream with no issues on Android and iPhone for the most part.”

“This is a huge disappointment. I suggest hiring some app developers that can make android streaming work.”

“Damn, some people are really spitting their dummies out!  Live stream was a nice feature, but quality stills and video are definitely top priority for me. As a result I’m ok with VRDL’s decision if this is necessary.”

“Stitching in live stream in any quality is not easy, I can understand the choice they have to make”

When I asked,

Could it be included in a firmware update later down the line?

The reply was,

We haven’t found the solution for this yet with the current version of VRDL360 camera. Sorry.

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Boat House, Paignton

Great location with great views. One of my favorite places to eat or just sit outside with a beer, in the sun, in torbay!!

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Location/Facts:

  • OPENING TIMES

Mon: 9.30am-5.00pm
Tues – Thurs: 9.30am – 11:00pm
Fri – Sat: 9.30am – Midnight
Sunday: 9.30am – 5:00pm

Getting There:

Marine Dr, Paignton, Devon TQ3 2NJ.

Weather:
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Helpful Tips:

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The Ship Inn, Kingswear - In the small riverside village of Kingswear is this traditional 15th-century English pub. It has spectacular views from the terrace overlooking the river Dart. Comfortable bar area where two open fires add to the warm atmosphere.… Continue reading The Ship Inn, Kingswear
Tamar Inn, Calstock - In the sleepy riverside village of Calstock is this 17th century free house on the bank of the River Tamar in a beautiful location with fantastic views of the viaduct and part of the Tamar Valley Line Rail Ale Trail.… Continue reading Tamar Inn, Calstock

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