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Google opens VR video and photo format VR180, promises new publishing tools Updates 

Google opens VR video and photo format VR180, promises new publishing tools

Google posted in a blog post outlining how to publish videos to in the new VR180 format, including support for VR Photo Format.   For VR180 video, we simply extended the Spherical Video Metadata V2 standard. Spherical V2 supports the mesh-based projection needed to allow consumer cameras to output raw fisheye footage. We then created the Camera Motion Metadata Track so... Read More
Analysis: What is up with Snap? Opinion 

Analysis: What is up with Snap?

Snap, the company, is an enigma. The company’s AR-powered social network/camera app is a phenomenon, yet the company itself isn’t turning heads. According to CNBC, Snap is laying off 100 engineers, accounting for 10 percent of the team. Not a great sign for an innovation-driven company. Previously, Snap has had layoffs in marketing, recruitment and content divisions. The news comes... Read More
Android P adds HEIF support to Pixel devices Updates 

Android P adds HEIF support to Pixel devices

Google has released the developer preview of the upcoming Android P mobile operating system, which includes support for a display cutout – like the iPhone X “notch” – and High Efficiency Image Format (HEIF)-support. Android P devices will support the same HEIC version of the High Efficiency Image Format (HEIF) as the latest Apple iPhone. HEIC files are roughly half the... Read More
Google adds Lens to Google Photos for Android Updates 

Google adds Lens to Google Photos for Android

Google Photos announced on Twitter  that Google Lens visual search functionality is coming in the latest version of Google Photos for Android. Initially available only on Google Pixel 2 smartphones, Lens lets the user lookup artwork, landmarks, and other objects by snapping a photo, then using the “Lens” button in Google Photos to pull up relevant information. Lens also has text recognition, so a photo... Read More
Third-party Android apps can now use Google’s Pixel 2 Visual Core News 

Third-party Android apps can now use Google’s Pixel 2 Visual Core

Photos taken with the impressive Google Pixel 2 smartphone will soon look better when taken with popular apps like Snapchat and Instagram. Google engineering manager Ofer Shacham posted the company was turning on the Pixel Visual Core technology to third-party apps. Shacham notes Visual Core powers the HDR+ technology debuted in the Pixel 2, which had only been accessible using the... Read More
Google launches Google Clips wireless smart camera New Products 

Google launches Google Clips wireless smart camera

Google has launched its $249.99 “life-blogging” camera, Google Clips, from its website. The camera automatically captures photos and videos, and uses AI learning and facial recognition to recognize important people. The camera is 50mm tall, has a 130-degree field of view lens and 16GB of storage. Connection is by Bluetooth, WiFi and USB-C connector. According to Google, “Google Clips features... Read More
YI Technology and Google Unveil YI Horizon VR180 Camera at CES 2018 Events New Products Press releases 

YI Technology and Google Unveil YI Horizon VR180 Camera at CES 2018

Users and Viewers Can Easily Make and View More Immersive Videos Using 3D Camera for Google’s VR180 Format LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CES – YI Technology (YI), the leading provider of advanced, intelligent imaging technologies, in collaboration with Google’s Virtual Reality (VR) team, announced details of its YI Horizon VR180 Camera. Developed to leverage Google’s new VR180 format, the stereoscopic, 3-D camera... Read More
DxO to release new version of Nik Collection in 2018 News 

DxO to release new version of Nik Collection in 2018

DxO posted (on Google Plus, of all places) it will release a new version of the Nik Collection in 2018. In October, DxO acquired the assets of the Nik Collection from Google. In May, Google announced it was abandoning the Nik Collection, which it had acquired (along with Snapseed) in 2012. By 2013, Google killed off Snapseed for Desktop, and... Read More
Google launches “Appsperiments,” apps for mobile photography New Products 

Google launches “Appsperiments,” apps for mobile photography

Google announced several photo-related “appsperiments,” which the company says useful photo apps based on experimental technology. “Our ‘appsperimental’ approach was inspired in part by Motion Stills, an app developed by researchers at Google that converts short videos into cinemagraphs and time lapses using experimental stabilization and rendering technologies. Our appsperiments replicate this approach by building on other technologies in development at... Read More
DxO acquires Nik Collection assets from Google, and plans to continue to develop the Collection for the benefit of the photographer community. News Press releases 

DxO acquires Nik Collection assets from Google, and plans to continue to develop the Collection for the benefit of the photographer community.

PARIS – October 25, 2017 – DxO, one of the most innovative companies in consumer imaging, today announces the acquisition of the Nik Collection assets from Google. DxO plans to continue development of the Nik Collection. The current version will remain available for free on DxO’s dedicated website, while a new version is planned for mid-2018. “The Nik Collection gives... Read More
YI Technology Announces Upcoming VR180 Camera with Google New Products Press releases 

YI Technology Announces Upcoming VR180 Camera with Google

ANAHEIM, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today at VidCon 2017, the annual conference for online video fans, creators, and industry leaders, it was announced that YI is working with Daydream on an upcoming VR180 camera. Later this year YI Technology will deliver a new stereo, 3D camera, designed from the ground up for VR180. Technical details, pricing, exact availability dates, quantities and the product... Read More
Z CAM to join Google VR180 Certification Program New Products Press releases 

Z CAM to join Google VR180 Certification Program

SHENZHEN, China, June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Z CAM is proud to announce as one of the first partners of VR180 Certification Program and it’s upcoming 3D180 camera will be VR180 certified. The camera’s output will be calibrated for YouTube playback. “Z CAM is very well positioned in the VR180 camera market. Our solution’s precise synchronization coupled with excellent calibration... Read More
Google wants in on the photo book business. But why? News Opinion 

Google wants in on the photo book business. But why?

Google wants in on the photo book business. This was revealed last week at the Google I/O conference where the Google Photos team unleashed three announcements – Suggested Sharing, Shared Libraries, Photo Books – along with the statement there are 500 million regular users, uploading 1.2 billion photos and videos a day. Second to Facebook, Google Photos is probably the... Read More
YI Technology and Google Unveil YI HALO at NAB 2017 New Products Press releases 

YI Technology and Google Unveil YI HALO at NAB 2017

 LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–YI Technology, the leading, international provider of advanced, intelligent imaging technologies, today unveiled YI HALO, a next generation virtual reality (VR) camera built with Google’s Jump technology. YI HALO meets even professional VR creators’ and filmmakers’ most challenging demands. By combining the most advanced capture technology and stitching with ease and versatility, creators can see everything, go anywhere,... Read More
The Photo Industry is Out of Control Events Opinion 

The Photo Industry is Out of Control

There are those times when a new perspective comes out of the blue. That’s what happened during the PMA InnovationNow Photo Business and Technology Summit Sept. 27-28 in San Francisco, Calif. As part of the rejuvenated PMA agenda, the executive-level conference brought thought leaders, top-level retailers and service providers from as far away as Brazil, Europe and Australia. After years of... Read More
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