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Ocurus tour of the month | April 2018

Hello there! We are happy to present you aOcurus tour ofApril 2018 -Templo de San Antonio by Roberto Pereda. Over the last century archaeologists have saved some of the world's most importantheritage sitesfrom decay. For sites that are deemed to remote, too costly, or not famous enough to warrant real-world preservation there is now hope, as digital archiving is preserving them in360virtual tour. This virtual tour represent the undisputed icon of Aguascalientes. It is the culminating work of the architect Autodidacta Refugio Reyes Rivas. Mr. Antonio Morfn Vargas, allocated $ 200,000.00 (two hundred thousand pesos) for the construction of this site. The bells are from the United States, the paintings from Italy, it has an organ of the house A. Wagner and Leivien, a beautiful decoration of pink, yellow and green quarry, a dome of double drum that challenges gravity, and interiors decorated by Candelario Rivas, who also painted the interior of the Imperial Theater of Los Angeles California and paid homage in art to the Castle of the Wicked Witch of the Wizard of Oz. So we want to nominate this tour as tour of the month of April and grant additional 6 month PRO subscription to the author of this virtual tourRoberto Pereda. Hope this column helps you find some interesting solutions for your own tours or just be in connection with Ocurus community. :) Need help? Visithttps://ocurus.com/learnfor all of our documentation. If you want to talk to us directly, you can reach out to us by sending an email tosupport@ocurus.comand well get you started! Want a virtual tour for your business? If you are a business owner and you want to create an advanced interactive virtual tour for your business, using the Ocurus features and functionality, you can contact us directly throughinfo@ocurus.com.

2018 VR and AR Conference, Festival and Expo Schedule

Over the last few years a busy conference circuit has emerged for creators and enthusiasts interested in VR and AR technology, and 2018 is already full of events throughout the year. Well update this list of VR and AR-related events from time to time as more dates are announced. If weve missed a big one, please emailinfo@ocurus.com with information about the conference or event and well periodically update this post. Mobile World Congress// Feb 26 March 1 Barcelona, Spain Registration:Attendee SXSW// March 9 18 Austin, United States Registration:Exhibitor|Attendee IEEEVR2018// March 18 22 Reutlingen, Germany Registration:Attendee GDC/VRDC// March 19 23 San Francisco, United States Registration:Exhibitor|Attendee Laval Virtual// April 4 8 Laval, France Registration:Exhibitor|Attendee NAB// April 7 12 Las Vegas, United States Registration:Exhibitor|Attendee Tribeca Film Festival// April 18 29 New York, United States Registration:Attendee F8// May 1 2 San Jose, United States Registration:Attendee VRLA// May 4 5 Los Angeles, United States Registration:Attendee Future Of Immersive Leisure// May 16 17 Las Vegas, United States Registration:Exhibitor|Attendee VR World// May 22 23 London, England Registration:Exhibitor|Attendee Augmented World Expo// May 30 June 1 Santa Clara, United States Registration:Exhibitor|Attendee E3// June 12-14 Los Angeles, United States Registration:Exhibitor|Attendee San Diego Comic-Con// July 18-22 San Diego, United States Registration:Exhibitor|Attendee Badges (Sold Out) SIGGRAPH// August 12-16 Vancouver, Canada Registration:Attendee Gamescom// August 21-25 Cologne, Germany Registration:Exhibitor|Attendee

Virtual reality is helping people tour the world’s most remote and inaccessible historical sites

A Native American tribe in California got a chance to reconnect with their past through virtual reality models of inaccessible, sacred sites. We often associate virtual reality with thrilling experiences we may never be able to have in real life such as flying a jet fighter, exploring the oceans or going on a spacewalk. But researchers are also starting to use this technology to study and open up access to archaeological sites that are difficult to get to. An archaeological site can be inaccessible for a range of reasons. It might be in a remote location or on private property, the archaeological remains may be fragile, or it might just be difficult or dangerous to get there. Just over an hours drive north from Los Angeles is theWind Wolves Preserve. At nearly 100,000 acres, the preserve protects a wide range of endangered and threatened species in the heart of the most populous state in the US. It also hosts two remote archaeological sites situated in the San Emigdio Hills.Pleito, one of the most elaborately painted rock-art sites in the world, andCache Cave, with one of the most significant in-situ collections of perishable objects, including baskets, ever discovered in the American West. The oldest of the rock paintings and baskets appear to be over 2,000-years-old. However, exploring it is problematic. The paintings at Pleito, found on exfoliating sandstone, are extremely fragile. Meanwhile, the Cache Cave is a complex, narrow cave system. Creating a virtual reality prototype of the Cache cave. Devlin Gandy, Author provided Yet these sites are of great cultural importance to local Native Americans, especially theTejon Indian Tribe. The hands of some of their ancestors painted the rock art, while other highly skilled basket makers worked for hours on making some of the worlds finest basketry. Until recently, the majority of the Tejon tribes people were unable to visit the Pleito cave site due to its inaccessibility and fragility. Now our team of researchers from the University of Central Lancashire in the UK has created a VR model of the sites. We did this by taking images with a digital camera and performing laser scanning of the site. Using reality capture techniques likephotogrammetry which helps make measurements from photographs we could then develop a VR prototype. We tested the prototype at the offices of the Wind Wolves Preserve and the Tejon tribe, respectively, in the summer of 2017. The response was profound, with younger tribal members responding particularly well in an environment similar to gaming. Equally, the simulation proved effective for use by the elder members of the tribe, some of whom have mobility issues visiting the preserve and its rugged terrain. We also tested the software at the actual site of Pleito with the Tejon Indians. Two tribal members who could not make the climb to the cave instead used the VR headset on flat ground nearby. This allowed them to experience the environment and to be in the landscape while still exploring the paintings. This, as far as we are aware, was the first time Native Americans have used VR in the field to reconnect with their own past. The research provides an innovative platform for tribal members to engage with sites and practices no longer in living memory as a form of cultural restoration. Importantly, it also provides an effective way to engage young tribal members within ancestral spaces and practices. As well as opening access to remote archaeological sites, we are now able to construct what we term an enhanced reality experience. Cutting edge archaeological image processing techniques such asDStretchandReflective Transformation Imagingcan be used to overlay digitally enhanced textures directly over the cave geometry. This allows people to view details of the site that are difficult to see with the naked eye. DStretch textures help reveal hidden detail in the cave artwork. Author provided For example, researchinvestigating pigment recipesused within the different layers of painting on the site helped us to display the separation of the layers on the cave. It also enabled us to show the site as it would have looked through different points in time. This really shows how VR simulations of archaeological sites can offer unique ways to experience, engage and explore scientific data. Research opportunities As a visualisation tool, new opportunities are now arising to use immersive technologies like VR to conduct research. Innovative work at theAllosphere a facility at the University of California, Santa Barbara, which helps make visual representations of data has enabled researchers to analyse multiple data sets in ways not previously possible. In our work in California, we are investigating how to use VR to help field research by using immersive reconstructions of previous seasons excavations to aid in new ones as we dig deeper within the cave deposits. That way, we can actually see previous layers that we have removed and better contextualise the new layers we are exposing. The technology can also be of great use in teaching. We are sharing the models of the Californian sites with our archaeology and anthropology students, offering unique and novel opportunity to explore the rock art, handle and inspect the baskets and even use native technologies such as the bow and arrow. VR technologies are starting to open up remote access to other sites around the world too. From the British Museumsdocumentation of African rock art sitesto theScan Pyramids Projectopening access to the iconic monuments of Giza, to an immersive interaction with Nikola Tesla and hislaboratory, the application of immersive technologies are proliferating across the globe. The most creative of these projects include scientific information to make them more than simple replications enhanced learning environments where scientific knowledge can inform the public about the past. Excitingly, this offers entirely new ways to learn from old sites, without damaging them. Brendan Cassidy, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, University of Central Lancashire andDavid Robinson, Reader in Archaeology, University of Central Lancashire. This article first appeared onThe Conversation.

We wish you the best for 2018!

We want to thank you for choosingOcurus and entrusting us with your 360 images and 360 virtual tours. During 2017, we have finished and launched these new features: Affiliate program, Background music, Pro usage blog posts, Learn pages, Facebook page integration, Embed code generation and many more. We are working on new features and improvements to be launched in 2018. We look forward to a great Virtual Reality and Virtual Tour 2018!

Ocurus tour of the month | November

Hello there! We are happy to present you aOcurus tour ofNovember 2017 -Action Park GPbyJefferson Braga.The virtual tour shows us all the areas. Including video files on his virtual tour makes his virtual tour more reliable and atmospheric. We also present the author of this virtual tour Jefferson Braga to additional 6 month PRO subscription. You can view action park information from below image. Hope you enjoy exploring this tour! Hope this column helps you find some interesting solutions for your own tours or just be in connection with Ocurus community. :) Need help? Visithttps://ocurus.com/learnfor all of our documentation. If you want to talk to us directly, you can reach out to us by sending an email tosupport@ocurus.comand well get you started! Want a virtual tour for your business? If you are a business owner and you want to create an advanced interactive virtual tour for your business, using the Ocurus features and functionality, you can contact us directly throughinfo@ocurus.com.

Ocurus Black Friday Sale!!!

Hello there!!! Were absolutely exited to anounce a black friday sale which is going to be the first massive sale Ocurus has ever had! From the 24th till the 30th of November all the licenses will cost 50% less! Just go to our "Upgrade Account" as usual and buy with the new Black Friday prices using "Coupon Code". We kindly remind you that starting from the 1st of January 2018 licenses prises will rise. So now you have a great oportunity to create a stock of licenses with unprecedented price for future tours. Don't miss a chance, guys! Need help? Visithttps://ocurus.com/learnfor all of our documentation. If you want to talk to us directly, you can reach out to us by sending an email tosupport@ocurus.comand well get you started! Want a virtual tour for your business? If you are a business owner and you want to create an advanced interactive virtual tour for your business, using the Ocurus features and functionality, you can contact us directly throughinfo@ocurus.com. Best regards,Your Ocurus Team

Black Friday 2017: Good VR Ready PC Deals

Sure, there are some big savings on virtually all PC-based VR headsets this Black Friday, but thats not where the real cost of getting into VR lies, is it? Its the high-powered PCs required to run the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows VR headsets that really threaten your wallet. So weve rounded up some of the best deals out there for those looking to get into VR from scratch (or just hunting for an upgrade) this sale season. This is going to include bundles as well as standalone rigs and laptops, so there should be something for everyone. Of course, Black Friday itself isnt actually upon us yet, so expect to see plenty more deals in the coming days. If youve come here looking for a little inspiration, though, were going to list the recommended specifications for each of the three major VR platforms below so you can check out other bundles knowing what youre getting into. Oculus Rift Recommended Specs: Graphics card NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater (Alternative graphics card NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290 or greater) CPU Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater 8 GB+ RAM Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output 3x USB 3.0 ports, plus 1x USB 2.0 port Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer HTC Vive Recommended Specs: NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480 equivalent or greater Intel i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater 4GB+ RAM Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output 2x USB 3.0 ports Windows 7 SP1 or newer Windows Mixed Reality Recommended Specs (60 FPS): Intel HD Graphics 620 equivalent or greater Intel i7200U equivalent or greater 8GB+ RAM Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output 1x USB 3.0 port Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Windows Mixed Reality Ultra Recommended Specs (90 FPS): NVIDIA GTX 1050/AMD RX 560 equivalent or greater Intel i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater 8GB+ RAM Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output 1x USB 3.0 port Windows 10 Fall Creators Update All-In For Under $800 Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-51-5594 Gaming Laptop + Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset with Motion ControllersPrice: $798 ($400 off) Acers Windows-based VR headsetmight not be up to the same standardsas the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive but this is still one of the cheapest prices weve ever seen for going all-in on PC-based VR. With an Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor, 8GM RAM and GTX 1050 graphics, this will handle everything on Windows own store at 90fps, though if youre looking to dive into SteamVRyou might want to considersomething with a bit more firepower. 1080 For $1300 AMD ET 6960Price: $1299.99 When it comes to future-proofing your VR PC (and getting the best out of it right now), its best to go top of the range with your graphics card. The AMD ET offers the Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card, 16GB RAM, and an AMD Ryzen 7 1700X CPU. While new GTX cards may not be far off right now, this is as good as it gets outside of the beastly Titan X. Ultra Mixed Reality Dell Inspiron 15 7577 i7577-5258BLK-PUS Laptop + Dell Windows Mixed Reality Headset with Motion ControllersPrice: $1,148 ($400 off) The Microsoft Store has a bunch of PC bundle deals with its new VR headsets ready to ship, but were most taken by this Inspiron bundle. With an Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor, GTX 1060 graphics and 8GB RAM it fits comfortably into the Ultra range of mixed reality PCs, meaning itll run experiences from the Windows Store at 90fps. With the Dell headset bundled in, this is all you need to get into VR. Shaving Price And Weight GIGABYTE Aero 14Kv7-BK4Price: $1449 ($100 off) Notebooks might not offer the absolute best VR performance, but if youre on the go a lot and have space for a Rift or Vive then you might want to consider Gigabytes slender selection, with GTX 1050 TI graphics, an Intel i77700HQ processor, and 16GB RAM. Its only $100 off but, for laptops this small that can run VR, thats pretty good. Beastly Performance For A Slightly Lower Price Alienware Area-51Price: $4299.99 ($750 off) If youre only in the market for the absolute best experience, have the money to spend on it, but still wouldnt mind saving a good $750, then Alienwares Area-51 rig might be the place to go. With 32GB RAM, 1080 graphics and Intelsi9 7980XE you wont need to worry about what your PC can and cant run for some time yet. You can even upgrade to the 1080Ti for an extra $200, meaning youll still save a fair bundle.

Ditch the 3D stitch — updated algorithm means a clearer Google Street View

Nothing quite disrupts the being there experience of a 360 photo like a bad stitch line. But Google Street View panoramas will soon have fewer disruptions thanks to new research by Google. On Thursday, November 9, Google Research shared a new algorithm to create more seamless stitches. While Google says proper hardware can help minimize stitch lines, factors like parallax, or that effect where straight lines appear to curve together in the distance, can create problems for the software. A slight time difference between each photo can still create oddities where the images meet, which can pop up often since Street View Cameras are often mounted on top of moving cars. To illustrate, Google shared images of the Sydney Opera House with off-kilter architecture and a panorama of the Tower Bridge in London where the bridge doesnt actually meet up with the other half. In order to provide more seamless Street View images, weve developed a new algorithm based on optical flow to help solve these challenges, wrote software engineer Mike Kraninin and research scientist Ce Liu in theirblog post. The idea is to subtly warp each input image such that the image content lines up within regions of overlap. This needs to be done carefully to avoid introducing new types of visual artifacts. The approach must also be robust to varying scene geometry, lighting conditions, calibration quality, and many other conditions. To correct the stitch, Google divided their approach into two different steps. The first is optical flowor computing where the stitched photo flows from one individual shot to the other. This merge area is down-sampled in order for the computer to handle the process quickly. Once the merger areas are recognized, the software warps both sides of the stitch simultaneously until both sides properly align. The image is then adjusted using a nonlinear optimization method, which makes the process less likely to correct one oddity while introducing another. With the program, Google Street View images from iconic landmarks to downtown hotspots will see a boost with fewer stitch lines. Google says the new algorithm was recently added to the stitching process and users should start seeing the improved views soon.

Ocurus tour of the month | October

Hello there! We are happy to present you aOcurus tour ofOctober 2017 - ベストケア求人VR /Best Care VR/.VR Lab Inc -provides a venue for japanese senior care center. Its a great place with quita big amount of different locations. The virtual tour shows us all the areas. And hotspots photos demostratehowthose places could look like. The photos are live andatmospheric which makes the tour truly impressive. Hotspots and Markers point out some cute little elements ofexplanation or promotional contents. That is a nice visualizationhelping visitors to feel the atmosphere and take a final decision about the place if they are looking for one. Hope you enjoy exploring this tour! Hope this column helps you find some interesting solutions for your own tours or just be in connection with Ocurus community. :) Need help? Visithttps://ocurus.com/learnfor all of our documentation. If you want to talk to us directly, you can reach out to us by sending an email tosupport@ocurus.comand well get you started! Want a virtual tour for your business? If you are a business owner and you want to create an advanced interactive virtual tour for your business, using the Ocurus features and functionality, you can contact us directly throughinfo@ocurus.com.

Build a your Virtual Tour on Ocurus

Lots of users asked us full video tutorial to using Ocurus platform with most of its features. So we made a 30 minute screencast video which is trying to use every feature of Ocuruson one virtual tour project. ; For example: https://ocurus.com/view/NTcw Get started today with Ocurus! https://ocurus.com/Check out our latest tutorials: https://ocurus.com/learn Like OCURUS on Facebook: https://www.fb.com/ocurusFollow OCURUS on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ocurus_OfficialSubscribe OCURUS on Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyyXuG5_nxLapuU6Bc-wMBA Need Help? Visitocurus.com/learnfor all of our documentation. If you want to talk to us directly you can drop us a line atsupport@ocurus.comand well get you started! Not a Ocurususer? Not a problem! Visit theOcurus Registrationpage and get started with Ocurus today.

Things that developed September 2017

Hello Valued Customers! Ocurus Platform further updated progressively as promised. We are very excited to share with you our September update as follows: We upgrade all of our back-endcodes and improve yourserver one more level. So now Ocurusvirtual tours will be loaded 30% faster than previous one. In the Virtual Tour Settings section, we added more settings for "PRO" users which is "enableand disable" COG menu items, view port configuration settings. Our "background music" and "sound markers" now compatible with IOS and ANDROID devices. All minor bugs and issues are fixed. Now fully supports "Mobile and Tablet" devices. Your virtual tours are now more SEO optimized. Please do continue to send us your exciting ideas about how best we could improve Ocurus platform. We will stand by you all the time to help you to build the most exciting and advanced virtual tours! Need help? Visithttps://ocurus.com/learnfor all of our documentation. If you want to talk to us directly, you can reach out to us by sending an email tosupport@ocurus.comand well get you started! Want a virtual tour for your business? If you are a business owner and you want to create an advanced interactive virtual tour for your business, using the Ocurus features and functionality, you can contact us directly throughinfo@ocurus.com.

Ocurus tour of the month | September

Hello, everybody!Today is the time for our regular column Ocurus tour of the month. As usually, weve carefully investigated all the tours made during the last four weeks. Every month winner will get 3 months"Pro" subscription and it will automatically addedto your account. And we are happy to present you the winner:Hotel 360 VR - Chinggis Khaan Hotel. Located on Tokyo Street and Beijing Street, within a 15-minute walk from the major government, business and cultural centres, the 4-star Chinggis Khaan Hotel enjoys a quiet location in a primarily residential area. It houses an indoor swimming pool, massage and sauna services, a trendy nightclub, karaoke rooms and a variety of dining options. Free Wi-Fi is provided.This is a great job to collect that amount of media and place in one tour. The design of the tour is bright and memorable. A navigation menu is easy, logical and comprehensive. Hotspots are small and easily perceivable for visitors. This is a very well-done tour! Hope this column helps you find some interesting solutions for your own tours or just be in connection with Ocurus community. :) Need help? Visithttps://ocurus.com/learnfor all of our documentation. If you want to talk to us directly, you can reach out to us by sending an email tosupport@ocurus.comand well get you started! Want a virtual tour for your business? If you are a business owner and you want to create an advanced interactive virtual tour for your business, using the Ocurus features and functionality, you can contact us directly throughinfo@ocurus.com.

IS VIRTUAL REALITY THE LAST COMPUTING PLATFORM?

We see devices get smaller and smaller hardware-wise. Take a look at the first computer: We need a room with 2.4m0.9m 30m in size, at least, to own the computer. But see whats happening years, years later: Every office, every school, every laboratory own PCs, perfectly fit in a small cubicle. Even more, everybody has a laptop at their houses. Things get even crazier today, as we bring a computer everywhere in our pocket yes,Im referring to a smartphone. The Race to Make Virtual Reality an Actual (Business) Reality In mid-April, virtual reality passed a milestone. Using an app created by a company called Medical Realities, viewers from around the globe, each presumably with an iron constitution, witnessed a surgeon at the Royal London NHS Hospital delve into the bowels of a 70-year-old cancer patient. If that sounds like a Nova special, it was so much more. Doctors, medical students, and the merely curious experienced the operation in real time, with 360-degree control over their vantage points, as though they were actually in the operating room. A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better VR Sooner Than You Think DAVID KOSSLYN AND Ian Thompson are the founders of a virtual reality company called Angle Technologies. Two years into this stealth project, backed by $8 million in funding, they wont say much about the virtual world theyre buildingat least not publicly. But they will say that theyre building it in a way that alters the relationship between computer hardware and software. When a PC or a game console runs this virtual world, the GPU chips play an unexpectedly large role, taking so much of the burden off the main processor. I played the ridiculous and delightful new Rick and Morty game heres what it was like As a devout Rick and Morty superfan, Im often an evangelist. You havent seen Rick and Morty? How lucky you are to get to experience it for the first time, totally fresh! I might say. Its one of those shows like Arrested Development, or Community, or Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! where its almost as famous for its cult following as it is for the show itself. The Medium is the Divine Message: Religion Meets Virtual Reality Anyone looking to experience God in a brand new way will soon have his or her chance virtually.Believe VR, is a new immersive faith-based virtual reality experience for people of color. The experience is part of a larger project created by L. Michelle Media called Mission VR. The idea for Believe VR came from our passion to enhance current Christian programming options, L. Michelle Salvant, the companys founder, told NBCBLK. When Mission VR began, we knew we wanted to create a signature virtual reality environment a faith world of sorts where dynamic, never before seen, Christian lifestyle stories and experiences could have a home. VRScientist v1.0 There are very few standards in the VR industry at the moment. For now, theres a ton of guesswork and eyeballing. For example, do you know what your targetField of View should befor a VR movie? Dont worry about it! From our tests, no one else does, either. Every headset is a little different. Creating 360-Degree Content With The Ricoh Theta S, Part 2: Production And Editing This is Part 2 of our three-part series looking at how to create content in 360 degrees, using the Ricoh Theta S as a specific example. Some of this will be germane to the Theta S, but you can extrapolate a great deal, including best practices for shooting, editing, and sharing. In Part 1, we discussed how to shoot with the camera. Below, we look at the editing and production process. How to hire VR developer: Skills and places to look for With the release of major VR headsets Virtual Realitys potential in entertainment and science has been finally uncovered. And the labor behind hundreds of constantly emerging projects falls on shoulders of VR developer. This is a new breed of programmers of high demand. How to hire VR developer is a teaser that hasnt been fully solved yet. But lets try. Real-world photo comparison: 2017 Samsung Gear 360 vs. Ricoh Theta S The Ricoh Theta S is currently the most popular 360 camera on the market by a very wide margin (even if you only look at recent sales and not historic sales). The Ricoh Theta S was released in 2015 but remains one of my favorite 360 cameras for 360 photos. It has the best manual controls, the best stitching among 360 cameras, and its easy to hold and use. However, it has low resolution videos (1920 x 960). Animation In A VR World: How Is It Different and How Is It The Same? Whether you believe the hype or not, virtual reality is here. Billions of dollars are being spent on vr headset development, vr content creation, and getting users to adopt the technology.

PUBLISH ON GOOGLE STREET VIEW

Ocurus presents the new beta panel for direct publishing on Street View. Access to the editor will be soon available for all PRO subscribers and this feature will be released in October 2017.

Stitching & uploading 360 photos from a Samsung Gear 360

Samsung Gear 360 is one of the most popular 360 cameras available on the market. A lot of users onOcurusupload photos made with that device. However, before you start shooting and sharing 360 panoramas with a Gear 360, heres one important thing you need to know about its stitching process to avoid problems with displaying your photos. The Samsung Gear 360cameradoes not stitch the photos on the device, unlike some other popular devices (ex. Ricoh Theta). Instead, the stitching process is done on the fly when you save the photos from the camera to the Gear 360 mobile app on your phone or tablet. It is possible not to use the mobile application and copy the photos via USB directly from the camera to a computer. While this is technically possible, it is not recommended photos copied directly from the camera to a PC are unstitched and will not display correctly. If you are not sure if your photos are stitched or not, its not difficult to spot the difference. A raw, unstitched photo from a Samsung Gear 360 is composed of two fisheye shots next to each other, one from each lens. It will typically look a bit like this: However, when you save the photo from the camera onto the mobile app, it is stitched and transformed into a correct equirectangular projection on the fly. A correctly stitched photo looks more like this: Only the latter format will be correctly projected by most 360 photo players includingOcurus, so make sure to check your source photos and to always use the Gear 360 mobile app with your camera.Remember: copying photos directly from the camera on your computer is not recommended. The Samsung Gear 360 app is available on bothGoogle PlayandAppStoreand you can get a Gear 360 device onAmazon. Keep in mind that you need an iPhone 5s at minimum. If you are an Android user, you will need a device with Android 5.0 Lollipop or newer installed. We hope you find this tip useful!

Affiliate Program

Dear Ocurus clients, Did you know we just announced our Affiliate program? You can now be compensated up to 30% of the subscription amount if new subscriber used your affiliate URL. Its eligible for both new PRO account or Space Upgrade subscriptions. Please check following link to obtain your affiliate URL. Affiliate URL -https://ocurus.com/affiliate Affiliate Terms -https://ocurus.com/terms#affiliate You could certainly use your credits towards to extend your PRO account, or to purchase new PRO enhancements in addition to request more functions as needed. As usual, we greatly appreciated your choice to join Ocurus platform and well continue to surprise you with new exciting opportunities. Need help? Visit https://ocurus.com/learnfor all of our documentation. If you want to talk to us directly, you can reach out to us by sending an email tosupport@ocurus.comand well get you started! Want a virtual tour for your business? If you are a business owner and you want to create an advanced interactive virtual tour for your business, using the Ocurus features and functionality, you can contact us directly through info@ocurus.com or visit our studio website:http://studio.ocurus.com/en/ . Sincerely, Your friends at Ocurus

VR Shopping Comes To Vera Bradley Brand

Want the in-store shopping experience but dont want to leave the comfort of your own home? From this week youll be able to easily visit a Vera Bradley store virtually thanks to Google Daydream. Tech startup Obsess has partnered with the womens handbags, luggage, and travel items brand to produce a new VR shopping experience for the mobile headset which should launch in America this week. In it, shoppers will find themselves inside one of Vera Bradleys retail locations, which they can explore using teleportation. Using the Daydreams remote, theyll be able to select items to see more information about them. Some elements of the store will be interactive, too. A set of bed sheets, for example, can be changed over with the click of a button. Youll be able to purchase items you select, or save them for later. If you dont have a Daydream then a WebVR version of the app will also go live at an official site, and 10 sites across the US will also be showing off the experience in VR from tomorrow. Source from: uploadvr.com

Things that developed July 2017

Hello Valued Customers! Ocurus Platform further updated progressively as promised. We are very excited to share with you our August update as follows: We have completed our Learn section as of this July. This section is further updated with detailed explanations in English in addition to further exciting lessons. Dashboard section is further upgraded and we are planning to release the Italian version of Ocurus in coming month. We would say the translation is already reached 50% of whole platform. Global Music feature that would enable you to add music during entire virtual tour is now completed and added at the platform. Mini map bugs on mobile devices are fixed and upgraded. Social share functions, including the full integration with Facebook and Twitter, are now completely renovated and upgraded. Emails that can be sent directly from your virtual tour Form is nearly finished with 3distinct and fashionable designs. Last and importand update was our "Pro" users can create custom URL for their virtual tour. It will improve your search engine optimization a lot. Please do continue to send us your exciting ideas about how best we could improve Ocurus platform. We will stand by you all the time to help you to build the most exciting and advanced virtual tours!

Welcome Our 500th Customer!

Its a little more than 3 months, since the relaunch of Ocurus enhanced platform, and were really happy to announce that we now have 500 customers!Our 500th customer is Michał Piętakfrom Poland one of the top 360 virtual tour makers in the region and custom virtual tour experts. Thank you, Michał Piętak, for your business and welcome aboard!Its been a wonderful journey for the entire team of Ocurus, and we would like to thank all our customers for their trust and faith in us. This is just the beginning. There is a long way to go and were geared up to build some awesome features, listen to our customers feedback, and build a most advanced 360oVTs that your virtual tour users loves. Stay tuned and please contact us for any questions writing tosupport@ocurus.com.

IVRPA Vienna 2017 :: Live Video Stream

Below is a list of current live video stream links from the IVRPA Vienna 2017 360 VR Photography 360 Video Conference, these are temporary links and all presentations will be posted separately with higher quality when final videos are ready full conference schedule is here - http://ivrpa.org/event/vienna-2017/program/ IVRPA VIENNA 2017 | 1st Day Live Stream | International VR Photography Association Conference IVRPA VIENNA 2017 | 2nd Day part 1 Live Stream | International VR Photography Association Conference IVRPA VIENNA 2017 | 2nd Day part 3 Live Stream | International VR Photography Association Conference IVRPA VIENNA 2017 | 2nd Day part 2 Live Stream | International VR Photography Association Conference IVRPA VIENNA 2017 | 2nd Day part 4 Live Stream | International VR Photography Association Conference IVRPA VIENNA 2017 | 2nd Day part 5 Live Stream | International VR Photography Association Conference IVRPA VIENNA 2017 | 3rd Day Live Stream 1 | International VR Photography Association Conference IVRPA VIENNA 2017 | 3rd Day Live Stream 2 | International VR Photography Association Conference IVRPA VIENNA 2017 | 3rd Day Live Stream 3 | International VR Photography Association Conference IVRPA VIENNA 2017 | 3rd Day Live Stream 4 | International VR Photography Association Conference IVRPA VIENNA 2017 | 3rd Day Live Stream 5 | International VR Photography Association Conference IVRPA VIENNA 2017 | 3rd Day Live Stream 6 | International VR Photography Association Conference IVRPA VIENNA 2017 | 3rd Day Live Stream 7 | International VR Photography Association Conference IVRPA VIENNA 2017 | 4th Day 1 Live Stream | International VR Photography Association Conference IVRPA VIENNA 2017 | 4th Day 2 Live Stream | International VR Photography Association Conference IVRPA VIENNA 2017 | 4th Day 3 Live Stream | International VR Photography Association Conference