360 VIDEO: “Here and Now”

Really impressed. From Mashable:

I’m standing in Grand Central Station just a few feet from the iconic brass clock tower in the terminal’s main concourse. I step aside to let a young girl take a selfie and later watch a couple send their daughter off to college. To my right, I can see the Apple Store in the distance.

There’s no denying the power of people-watching at train stations, especially when hellos and goodbyes offer a genuine window into the lives of those around you.

But in this case, I’m not physically there. Instead, I’m about 30 blocks south at Facebook’s New York office, watching the company’s first original piece of content shot with its new professional-grade Facebook Surround 360 camera.

The short film, a live-action virtual reality experience called Here and Now, transports you to busy Grand Central to watch a series of vignettes play out before your eyes. The fully produced and choreographed video made its debut on Facebook today, just one month after the camera was announced on stage at the F8 developers conference.

The video is now available on Gear VR devices through the Oculus Video app (and via the Gear VR store), but for those who don’t have a headset, you can watch it as a 360 video on Facebook. However, watching it as a 360 video doesn’t compare to the experience of living that moment in VR.

The video is really impressive, but I think the camera can be accented further with a Kinect-like depth sensor adding interactive depth to it.

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