“2016 is the year of the 360-degree video and VR (virtual reality),” Parminder Bahra, executive producer, EMEA, of The Wall Street Journal opened his speech with at the news:rewired ‘video focus’ event in London today.
Edward Miller, entrepreneur and head of visuals at Immersiv.ly, was on the panel discussing virtual reality in news at last week’s events.
In the video below, he explains why news organisations should be cautious when approaching virtual reality, why it might work better for ‘slow’ rather than breaking news and how it differs from 360-degree videos.
“It’s absolutely nuts, it’s an incredible experience,” said Alex Wood, editor in chief of The Memo, at news:rewired in London.
He was talking about the experience of virtual reality. Since Facebook bought Oculus Rift for $2 billion (£1.3bn) last year, it is clear how seriously technology giants are taking this new medium. Samsung, HTC and Google have developed their own headsets with the Google Cardboard available for around £10.
Experts in the emerging field of virtual reality shared their thoughts and work on how the medium can be an effective journalistic tool.