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Tamaggo 360-Imager Panoramic Camera Captures Images All Around You – GizmoCrave

It sports a 2-inch LCD touchscreen, which is used to perform the operations. A mini USB cable is used to charge the Li-polymer battery and also to connect with the PC.

It comes with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity that allow easy syncing with phone and photo sharing on email and social networks instantaneously.

The egg shaped camera can capture the action taking place within the entire 360-degree imaging environment, unlike the standard stitching mode that needs multiple snapshots taken over a few seconds.

It captures images in four automatic orientations: Sky 360°, Ground 360°, horizontal panoramic and vertical panoramic. The ImmerVision technology enables panomorph 360-degree optics in the camera. It is compatible with mobile phones, computers, netbooks and tablets. It has an integrated stand to shoot remote images. It measures 3.62 x 2.19 x 2.40 inches in dimensions and weighs only 7 ounce.

The Canadian company says that the photography can be replaced as the Tamaggraphy since it is different from the traditional camera. It gives a new experience in taking pictures and performing the operations after capturing. The Tamaggo user can capture a 360-degree immersive image with one click by holding upright it.

The Tamaggo 360-imager will reach the stores in the second quarter of 2012 for a price of $200.

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GoogleStreet View provides virtual tour

Google virtual tour




As a giant tricycle equipped with a towering camcorder made its way around the Green about a year ago, many students stopped to stare quizzically at the contraption. This week, the data collected — along with images from more than twenty other colleges and universities — became part of a Google Street View initiative that enables viewers to virtually tour campuses from all over the world at street-level.

The Street View feature for institutes of higher education is aimed at prospective students, nostalgic alumni and current students who want to become more familiar with their campuses, according to a post on the official Google blog. The virtual campus tour could help prospective students tour various campuses without physically conducting college visits, which can often be expensive and time consuming, The Los Angeles Times wrote.

The initiative, however, is unlikely to be widely used and cannot truly stand in for an in-person visit and tour, students interviewed by The Dartmouth said.


“No virtual tour will ever replace actually visiting campus,” tour guide Alex Wolf ’14 said.

Visitors to the College often remember their campus tours as key elements of understanding and experiencing the school, he said.

Another campus tour guide, Lukas Ruiz ’12, emphasized the importance of personal, dynamic tours for the information they provide. Students often take the opportunity to ask questions about social and academic aspects of college life and to hear individual students’ stories.

While prospective students may find the ability to travel campus via Google Street View appealing, the feature may be more useful for freshmen on campus who may need help identifying buildings and finding their classes, he said.

In addition, many colleges already have virtual campus tours on their admissions websites, but few students seem to use them to replace real campus tours, tour guide Michael Zhu ’14 said. A new way to virtually view campus is unlikely to significantly affect prospective students, he said.

Nonetheless, prospective students lacking the funds to visit Dartmouth or living too far away to reasonably attend a campus tour can use the Google feature to provide another lens — however limited — through which to view the Dartmouth campus, Ruiz said.

Milton Fung ’13, an international student from Hong Kong, said he does not think he would have used Street View as a prospective student, given that he did not utilize the virtual tour on the College’s website. Instead, he said he relied on conversations with Dartmouth students and admission representatives to make the decision to come to Hanover.

In addition to Dartmouth, schools from the United States, Canada, Denmark, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Ireland, the Netherlands and Taiwan are partnering with Google to publish Street View to provide imagery of their campuses.

The publicity surrounding the new feature has appealed predominantly to the students who tried to follow the tricycle on its trip around campus and situate themselves within the photo frames when it first came to document the terrain, Emma Routhier ’12 said.

Because Street View updates pictures only every few months or years, the faces captured by the Google tricycle, although blurred, will remain on Google’s site until the images are updated.


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New 360 degrees video technology

360video  technology



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IT is one of the most exciting developments in digital photography and it’s being made right here in WA.

Called 360 degree video or virtual video, it is an interactive moving film version of the virtual tour commonly used on tourism or real estate websites.

Instead of seeing just what the camera “sees”, users can scroll up, down, left or right to see what they want to see in a particular scene.

Unlike its predecessor, virtual video uses sophisticated custom-designed technology to give viewers the sense they are actually walking or flying through a location.

Bunbury photographer John Copeland has been making virtual videos for the past three years but has only recently been able to share his work thanks to the rest of the world catching up.

Mr Copeland also recently shot a virtual video of the Margaret River bushfires which destroyed more than 40 properties last month.

“Virtual video’s only really been available online in the last six months because of internet speeds, although we have been able to do it probably over the last two to three years,” Mr Copeland said.

“There was no way of showing it online before that. We were just sort of waiting for the right time to spring it online.”

Mr Copeland said he started playing around with video technology several years ago while he was working in the UK but stopped when he realised “the internet was holding” him back.

Internet speeds, he explained, were not fast enough to accommodate the technology used to show the 360 degree videos.
Then a few years ago, after he had returned to WA, he began exploring it again and began designing the specialised equipment and software needed to create these interactive “tours”.

Now three years on, Pixelcase, his company, which also has offices in England and Canada, is in high demand following the success of their first 360 video of Nimmo Bay resort in Vancouver which clocked up more than 25 million hits.

“Things just kind of snowballed from there. The interest has been pretty great,” Mr Copeland said.

His company, which is one of only a handful that is capable of producing the virtual videos, have also filmed projects in London, Paris, Madrid, New York as well as every Australian state and recently just completed the Official Virtual tour of Eiffel Tower.

by Emily Moulton

Tourism photography website aims to project distinct beauty of Kerala

Kerala,India virtual tours

A screen grab from that shows a view of the Varkala beach when viewed in full-screen.

With the online media scaling greater heights at a rapid rate, the fruits of such progressive leaps are yet to be fully reaped by the tourism industry of the state., a tourism photography website, aims to fill the existing void to a significant extent by projecting the varied and distinct beauty of Kerala in all its splendour through 360 degree virtual reality photography.

The website features a host of interactive 360 degree panoramic images of as many as 80 tourism spots and 20 major cities across the state. Siril Thomas, the creative director and photographer of the website, points out that efforts have been made to convey the realistic feel of viewing the locations for netizens from anywhere in the world. “There has not been a portal that has managed to incorporate the visual beauty of our charming tourist destinations along with a comprehensive logistical database for visiting such places. Pieces of information regarding getting to such areas have remained scattered and this has resulted in daunting tasks for those planning vacations.

In order to lessen the burden of tourists, would display relevant details including those regarding accommodation facilities including resorts and homestays, house boats, and approved tour operators. The distance between a specific tourist destination and a nearby city can also be understood in the website. Several search options have also been activated for the benefit of the users,” he says.

The website is also being developed to include 360 degree panoramic images of the interiors of accommodation facilities so as to enlighten the prospective visitor. Discussions in this regard have commenced with the managements of a few resorts and homestays, says Siril.

Siril has been supported by Syama Mohan, the content manager, and Sambhu Dayal, the website’s designer in the venture. The project has consumed nearly seven months so far and will continue to expand, according to Siril.

He also points out that talks are progressing with the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) in order to incorporate the facilities offered by website to the official portal of the Tourism department. The website was launched by Minister for Tourism A.P. Anil Kumar at a function held here on Friday.

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