By Lisa Johnston
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Denver – Ricoh and Google are adding a new dimension to the Ricoh Theta spherical point-and-shoot camera by revealing that the companies have joined forces to enable Theta spherical photos to be posted on Google+ and Google Maps.
The Ricoh Theta (available now at a $399.95 suggested retail price) is a handheld image capture device that takes 360-degree spherical images with the touch of a button. Typically, images are posted to a special site online where users can view the image on an iPad, tablet or similar device, by pointing the view screen at the area of the picture they wish to view.
The camera captures two halves of a sphere and stitches them together with software to create a single spherical shot that places the viewer in the center of the action.
Ricoh Theta apps are now compatible with Photo Sphere XMP, Google’s panoramic image standard.
The Ricoh Theta for Android Version 1.2.0, Ricoh Theta for iPhone Version 1.5.0 and Ricoh Theta for Windows/Mac Version 1.5.0, are now enabled to post spherical images to Google Maps and Google+.
Ricoh said users can also enjoy the Constellations feature, which enables them to connect spherical images to make an original Street View.
Users can post spherical images to Google Maps and Google+ by downloading the new version of the app for their connected device.
Free apps are available at the following sites: Android OS4.0 and later.
Ricoh Theta for iPhone Version 1.5.0 (iOS6 and later iPhone4S/iPhone 5/iPhone 5C/iPhone5S, iPod Touch 5th generation and later.
Ricoh Theta for Windows/Mac Version 1.5.0 (Windows 7 SP1 and later, Windows 8, Windows 8.1/ MacIntosh Mac OS X 10.6-10.8.
Using the Android Version 1.2.0 and Ricoh Theta for iPhone Version 1.5.0, spherical images can be uploaded to Google+ from a smartphone. Spherical images can be saved in the Gallery and Google Photos (Android) and uploaded directly by selecting “Google+” from the sharing function of the Gallery or Google Photos.
Spherical images saved in the Gallery and Google Photos can also be browsed in Ricoh Theta app for Android Version 1.2.0.
Using the Ricoh Theta for iPhone Version 1.5.0, spherical images can be saved in the Camera Roll (iOS) and be uploaded from the Camera Roll by installing the Google+ app and using the Add Photo function.
Spherical images saved in the Camera Roll can also be browsed in Ricoh Theta for iPhone Version 1.5.0.
In the Ricoh Theta for Android Version 1.2.0 only, spherical images can be uploaded to Google Maps directly from a smartphone by selecting “Google Maps” from the sharing function of the Gallery or Google Photos.
In the Ricoh Theta for Windows/Mac Version 1.5.0 it is possible to apply Photo Sphere XMP to captured photos saved on a computer and output as spherical images. To do so, users can open the spherical image, select “Write” > “Write with XMP” from “File” in the menu bar and save the image. Upload the image to Google Maps or Google+ in a browser.
Ricoh Theta for Windows/Mac does not have a function for uploading spherical images directly to Google Maps or Google+.
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