Remember that 360-degree rehearsal video featuring K-pop girl group, Bambino? That one that let you look around in any direction while the members dance in a studio? We featured it back in June. Today, we've found out that 360-degree video has another use apart from allowing us to gawk at sexy Korean women: It can also immerse us in a fantasy world like no other kind of video can. Just look at this video called "Star Wars: The Force Awakens Immersive 360 Experience" below made by Lucasfilm's special effects team, ILMxLAB:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Immersive 360 Experience
Speed across the Jakku desert from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this immersive 360 experience created exclusively for Facebook.Posted by Star Wars on Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Uploaded on the official Star Wars Facebook page today, the clip puts you right into the cockpit of a quick-flying ship as it whizzes by the sandy landscape of Star Wars' Jakku desert. You can look in any direction as you please within the clip's near minute-long run. On the PC, you use the mouse to move around. On mobile devices, you move your actual device around to shift perspective.
Like the first time we experienced the technology in the Bambino video, there was indeed a sense of immersion not typically felt in standard videos. Whether this would become a novelty like 3DTV was or a mainstay in our online experience, we've yet to know.
What we do know is that online avenues like Facebook and YouTube are dedicating resources to develop the tech. Facebook has already helped publish 360 content from media companies like Discovery, GoPro, NBC and Vice, and in the future, are looking to make it easy for end users to upload similar content.
This is the social network's vision for the technology, as reported by BBC: "In the future, imagine watching 360 videos of a friend's vacation to a small village in France or a festival in Brazil—you'll be able to look around and experience it as if you were there." That said, what type of FHM content do you think would work well with the 360 technology?