RICOH THETA Developer Contest FAQ

This was originally posted on the RICOH site.

We answer typical questions regarding the RICOH TEHTA x IoT Developers Contest and use of the contest entry website.


How many works were submitted last year?

There were 72 submissions to the contest held in 2015.

#API general

##Is there an API that writes meta-data when taking an image or video by RICOH THETA?


#Video communication

##Can the image of video communication be output using HDMI resolution?

There is no method for RICOH THETA to output video using USB and getting output as HDMI resolution. Therefore, video communication cannot output image in HDMI resolution.

##Can the image of video communication used on smartphone?

It is possible by implementing on web application the functions that will be used on smartphone.

##Is it necessary to use Ricoh’s signaling server when one wants to offer video communication using RICOH THETA?

It is possible without using RICOH’s signalling server.

##Live streaming can output EquiRectangular format by using UVCBlender via USB, but can it output also when HDMI is used?

UVCBlender only handles USB output, and cannot handle HDMI. RICOH does not offer a tool to convert HDMI output into EquiRectangular format.

Photo and media storage

Can the images stored into by RICOH THETA be used by photo & media storage API?

Photo and media storage API is offered as independent service from the Therefore, the data on cannot be used by photo & media storage API.

Is there an API that allows recorded data to be shared with others?


Remote control

Can RICOH THETA be turned on/off remotely?


Contest submissions

Does an application need to support all of iOS, Android and Windows?

No. If it operates as either Web application, Android application, iPhone application, or Windows store application, then it is acceptable.

Is an application that supports only a version of OS acceptable?

You don’t have to support all the OS versions. You need to support only a subset of the versions.

I am interested in submitting an iOS App. What if Apple’s review is not finished before the submission deadline?

In the case of iOS App submission, we will use the date of uploading of App to Apple as the date of contest entry.

Using contest entry website

When does the judging process start?

It starts after the deadline of the submission deadline. Information submitted about the entry can be modified before the deadline. We expect many rushed entries near the deadline, and so please register your entry and submit your work at the earliest opportunities.

I encounter an error when I try to input YouTube URL as part of the contest entry. What am I doing wrong?

The URL you need to enter for youtube vide is the URL described as URL for embedding. Please see this article here.

Entry of URL for the manual when you fill in the contest information

We allow the substitution of the manual URL with the help information display inside your application if you don’t have a URL for the manual. In this case, please explain how to obtain the operation instruction such as

"See entry XYZ in the menu for operation instruction”,

etc. in your description of your work.

Information on the 2016 THETA Developer Contest

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