I am the CEO of P360M. A mobile app service, which works alongside any 360 degree camera and allows a user to annotate, then share 360 degree photos with their teams via simple web views. This article will give you a basic understanding of 360 degree photography and how it can be used in the construction business.
What is 360 degree photography
360 degree camera allows a user in one shot to generate a complete 360 degree image around the camera. There are a number of 360 degree cameras available, which are simple to use and relatively cheap to purchase.
360 degree photography enables with one click, the ability to capture a total scene in front and behind the camera. 360 degree photos can be viewed easily via a specialised web service, either as a rotatable view in a web browser or in Virtual Reality using VR goggles. Using VR goggles puts the user actually in the centre of the photo, so they actually feel they are there.
How to capture 360 degree photos
Let’s start with the basics of 360 degree cameras. A 360 degree camera consists of multiple cameras in one device. When it’s activated, each camera takes a photo, which is then stitched together to form a complete 360 degree view around the camera. Usually, 360 degree cameras work with an accompanying mobile app, so the viewer can see and rotate the 360 degree view on their phone. The phone can also be used to control the camera, enabling the user to place a camera on a tripod and take a photo of a complete space without the photographer being in the photo.
You do not need to spend huge sums on 360 cameras for use in construction. The camera we recommend to use is the Ricoh Theta S, because it’s easy to use, generates great quality pictures, has a good battery life and retails at less than £200. Other options are the Samsung 360 camera or Insta 360.
How to make 360 degree photos useful in your work.
To make 360 degree photos useful, you need to be able to easily add notes and be able to share them. P360M is a mobile app based service (iOS and Android supported), which enables a user to annotate 360 images on their phone and then share them with their teams via simple emailed web links.
A user who receives a P360M web link, can open the 360 degree photo within a web browser. The user can rotate the view to see all 360 degrees of the photo and any annotations added by the P360M app user.
The image can also be viewed in virtual reality goggles, using a mobile phone and low cost Google Cardboard goggles.
Why use 360 degree photography in construction?
A picture says a 1000 words, a 360 degree picture says everything. Here are some basic reasons why 360 degree photography can help in construction:
Where can it be used in construction?
This is by no means an exhaustive list of applications, but here are a number of interesting areas 360 photography can be used:
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