Futures Lab Update #126: Google News Lab’s Story Spheres + 3-D Mobile Apps

    by Reuben Stern
    October 22, 2015
    Mobile app Fysue is one of many emerging platforms to document imagery and produce it as 3-D content for viewers to interact with. Screenshot courtesy of RJI.

    This week we explore a new Google tool for creating immersive wrap-around multimedia; and we look at some mobile apps that capture 3-D imagery.

    "The idea behind [Story Spheres] is to make a very flexible and easy platform for people to create an immersive experience." -- Nicholas Whitaker, Google

    PART 1: Story Spheres

    One of the latest things to come out of the Google News Lab is Story Spheres, a tool for creating wraparound interactive experiences. Story Spheres enables users to place audio clips inside 360-degree photos. We learn how it works from Nicholas Whitaker, media outreach manager at Google.
    Reporting by Daniel Shapiro.


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    A team from the Washington Post used Story Spheres at several locations during New York Fashion week. As the Post’s Cara Kelly explains, getting the images just right can be a challenge, especially during a large, crowded event.


    Additional examples can be found on the Story Spheres website.

    PART 2: Mobile apps for 3-D

    Emerging mobile apps have made it much easier to create and share 3-D imagery. We explore a few options that add dimension to photography in new ways: Seene, 3DAround, and Fyuse.
    Reporting by Andrew Hébert.

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    Reuben Stern is the deputy director of the Futures Lab at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and host and co-producer of the weekly Futures Lab video update.

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    Tagged: 3-D interactive content 3-D storytelling 3DAround apps embeds futures lab fyuse google immersive media immersive storytelling photography platform rji rji futures lab Seene sound clips spatial photography story spheres washington post

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