I think we ended up demoing to about 60 - 70 people, with about 120 - 130 people total coming to the booth and asking questions and wanting to register with theta360.guide. Really active, really fun!
Most common responses
- Great resolution (price - performance)
- Really transports you (would work with telepresence)
- Form factor is impressive (small)
- Stitching, even in Live Streaming, is imperceptible
Most common questions
- Why Unity to build the demo? (Several reasons: @zimmermegan and others in the community posting their code provided the foundation, Unity provides lots of tools for handling streaming data)
- Could this be done without USB? (Not yet but RICOH product roadmap indicates Q2 2018)
- Could this be done over public networks? (You’d need to test your specific environment, but companies like GITAI are focusing on telepresence over long distances using RICOH THETA)
On the second day, we went for height! Here it is, up about 12’ in the air above the booth:
How’d it look inside the HTC Vive? Quite a wild perspective to be looking down from that height. You could see over the next row over of booths at the event.
Yes, of course, we used copious amounts of Duct tape to anchor the stand/monopole:
How does the THETA do with charging while live streaming? I started with a fully charged THETA V, had it connected into the USB 2.0 port on the laptop, and it lasted from 8:30am to 5pm the first day, recharged overnight, and then again 8:30am to 4:15pm the second day. The blue power LED was blinking by the end of both days indicating that the charge was below 30%, so it’s not fully recharging. In fact, it’s clearly slowly depleting over time. I would like to test it in a USB 3.0 port, but at DeveloperWeek, that port was being used by the HTC Vive headset on the laptop.
Thanks to all the many people who demoed!
Giving presentation on THETA V Plug-ins: