When Facebook open-sourced the Surround 360 Camera, their intention was for people to use it to populate their news feeds with VR material. Sprayscape – a VR-ish 360 camera app – seems to be Google’s equivalent attempt to stake a claim in user-generated VR (a rapidly-growing industry which will itself generate significant sums of money for the favoured tech giant.)
“It’s refreshing to see a multinational technology company release such an imprecise piece of software.”
As Google explain on their blog, “Sprayscape is a quick hack using the phone’s gyroscope to take pictures on the inside of a 360-degree sphere. Just point your phone and tap the screen to spray faces, places, or anything else onto your canvas.” You can then share your successful results via text or social media, allowing your friends to “jump into your scapes and have a look around using their phones or even Google Cardboard for a more immersive experience.”
Ignoring the sales-y inclusion of Google Cardboard, it’s refreshing to see a multinational technology company release such an imprecise piece of software. Sprayscape is as close as many of us will come to creating an impressionist masterpiece, so why not download and get spraying?
The Bottom Line: It will no doubt age horribly, but Google’s Android experiment is a perfect exercise for entry-level VR-users.