Advertising has traditionally been regarded as an interruption of the actual experience that people are trying to have — be it watching a TV show, reading a newspaper or magazine or browsing a website. But we're now seeing the emergence of a new kind of advertising, one that's in itself so entertaining and engaging that it has the potential to become an experience in its own right.
360-degree video is typically recorded using either a special rig of multiple cameras, or using a dedicated camera that contains multiple camera lenses embedded into the device, and filming overlapping angles simultaneously. Through a method known as video stitching, this separate footage is merged into one spherical video piece, and the color and contrast of each shot is calibrated to be consistent with the others. This process is done either by the camera itself, or using specialized software such as Mistika VR or Kolor AVP that can analyze common visuals and audio to synchronize and link the different camera feeds together. Generally, the only area that cannot be viewed is the view toward the camera support.
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With over 500 million users, 50% of them regularly accessing the site via mobile, Facebook cannot be ignored. Facebook Places is similar to Foursquare but even more social, as users can share and earn rewards together. Anyone can set up a Facebook Places page for your business, but you will have to claim your Facebook Place, connecting it with your business Facebook Page to take control over it and promote it yourself.
Facebook (parent company of VR headset maker Oculus VR) followed suit by adding 360-degree video support in September 2015, and subsequently unveiled reference designs for its own 360-degree camera systems known as Facebook Surround 360. Facebook announced in March 2017 that more than 1 million 360-degree videos had been uploaded to Facebook to date. Vimeo also launched 360-degree video support in March 2017.
Viewed by many as the the location based application with the most potential, Foursquare has over 55 million monthly active users worldwide and received 12 billion check ins in its first 9 years. Foursquare encourages users to check-in at locations in return for virtual badges and points. It works across various mobile devices, and businesses can offer their own rewards to customers that check into their location.