Flickr to support 360-degree panoramas

View your vacation photos on Flickr using a VR headset
Flickr to support 360-degree panos

Flickr has revealed its plans to bring virtual reality support to its social photography platform. With a VR headset on, users will be able to view 360-degree panoramic photos uploaded to Flickr through a link or button on the website.

Currently in development, VR support on Flickr will make it possible for users with a headset to scroll through a slideshow by looking downward at an icon that triggers the next photo to load.

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The new feature was on display at this year's XOX Fest, where attendees could strap on an Oculus DK 2 hooked up to a PC. The company hopes to add support for additional VR devices like Gear VR soon.

There is already a fairly large community of 360-degree panorama picture takers on Flickr. The group uploads images that are stitched together using some program like Google's photosphere stitching feature. Flickr hopes to eventually provide a section for exploring public 360-degree images.

It is not unlike YouTube's 360-degree video channel, where users can stream clips to their Google Cardboard or other smartphone-connected VR headsets.

Additionally, Flickr has plans to eventually make it possible for users to browse their photo library and organize images into albums by waving a hand. Of course, that is still a ways off.

Basic VR support on Flickr may be available as soon as early 2016.


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