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How Drones Can Be Used Alongside Space Technology

How Drones Can Be Used Alongside Space Technology

How Drones Can Be Used Alongside Space Technology

The European Space Agency is about much more than human spaceflight and exploration. It’s also an organisation that funds a multitude of businesses and projects looking to use space and satellite technology to enhance a particular field.

How Robotics Will Shape Our Future Lives

How Robotics Will Shape Our Future Lives

How Robotics Will Shape Our Future Lives

Future robotics is expected to change the way we manoeuvre through the modern world.

Drones and autonomous machines will help us perform menial tasks, and even take care of issues too dangerous or even impossible for humans to attend to.

This is one of the key areas of development – aiding and assisting humans in the workplace, in their individual lives and on a wider, global scale.

Flying Drones with DevinSupertramp!

Flying Drones with DevinSupertramp!

Behind the scenes with DevinSuperTramp and Airborne Lens, featuring a highland cow and some awesome aerial shots!

360 Filming at The Macallan

360 Filming at The Macallan

Behind the scenes with Airborne Lens as they join a team of VR filmmaking specialists to create a stunning new 360 VR Video experience at The Macallan scotch whisky distillery in Scotland.

Facebook 360 Photo - How Does It Work?

Facebook Launches 360 Photo Feature. Find out how to upload your panoramas.

You can now upload and share 360 photos on Facebook. It's easy to do, from a smartphone, tablet, or 360 camera. But you can also use a DSLR for higher quality panoramas and use stitching software such as PTGui to turn your photos into a full 360 photo sphere.
You then post it as you would a normal photo, and viewers will be able to scroll around it from inside their News Feed.

Click Here to view one of our 360 Photos, taken using a drone high above Edinburgh Castle.

How Do I Take 360 Photos?

  • First, make sure your apps and devices are up to date with latest versions
  • Take a panorama on your iOS device or Samsung Galaxy phone or capture a 360-degree photo using a 360 photo app or 360 camera.
  • Open the Facebook app and share the photo as you would any other photo: tap the status tool from the top of your Timeline or News Feed, select Photo/Video, choose the photo you want to share, and tap Post.
  • Once your photo is posted, look around in your photo — or any other 360 photo in News Feed that’s marked with the compass icon — by moving your phone or dragging with your finger. Tap on the photo to view it in full screen.
  • On Samsung Gear VR-compatible phones, you’ll see a button in the top left corner of your photo that says “View in VR.” If you tap on that button and insert your phone into your Gear VR headset, you can see your 360 photo in virtual reality.
  • Your photo should be a 2:1 ratio, and a ideally maximum of 6000 pixels wide and 3000 pixels in height.
  • We find dropping the photo straight onto your timeline works every time, whereas the "add photo" link has been a bit hit and miss.


How Do I Add Metadata?

If you are using a stitched 360 from multiple images taken with a DSLR or drone, then you might need to add metadata to the image so that Facebook will recognise it as a 360.

The easiest way to do this, is to edit the EXIF using something like http://thexifer.net/ and inserting the following:

  • Camera Make: RICOH
  • Camera Model: RICOH THETA S

It's still early days for VR and 360-degree content, but with major players like YouTube and Facebook pushing the new technology into the mainstream we are confident that users will start to engage with the media.

Airborne Lens provide clients with a full suite of digital media production services, aerial and ground based filming and creative 360-degree content. Check us out: http://www.airbornelens.com/