Kinoma today introduced an update to its Kinoma Player 3 EX that allows it to display 360 degree “virtual reality” images.
Kinoma Player 3 EX 3.1 includes support for direct viewing of QuickTime VR files containing cubic panoramas, the de facto industry standard for immersive imaging. Users can directly interact with the panorama, panning around the image by dragging the stylus.
Users can copy existing QuickTime VR cubic panoramas to a memory card to view them using Kinoma Player 3 EX.
Cubic panoramas optimized for viewing on mobile devices are, in general, no bigger than a single high-resolution JPEG image.
“Mobile access to panoramic images is a powerful tool for realtors, educators, architects, tourism and emergency responders, letting people explore locations they are unable to visit,” said Richard Doherty, Research Director for The Envisioneering Group. “By empowering support for existing QuickTime VR cubic panoramas on Palm Powered handhelds, Kinoma enables people to conveniently take these images anywhere, and to easily share them with customers, clients and friends.”
Because available memory and screen size varies widely between different models of handhelds, Kinoma Player 3 EX incorporates dynamic resolution reduction technology, which automatically adjusts the resolution of the cubic panoramic images, as they are loaded. This means that a single panoramic VR file can almost certainly be viewed on any Palm OS Handheld or smartphone.
On the Kinoma web site, a new VR gallery contains sample floor-to-ceiling, 360 degree images allowing users to get a taste of the possibilities of this technology. The gallery includes a look inside Burt Rutan’s Boomerang aircraft, San Francisco’s historic Herbst Theater, a synthetic landscape by David Palermo of WorldVR.com, and the organ loft at Stanford’s Memorial Church.
In addition to QuickTime VR, this software can play video in a variety of formats, like MPEG-4. It also supports viewing JPEG photographs and some QuickTime movies, as well as the proprietary Kinoma movie file format.
Pricing and Availability
Kinoma Player 3 EX version 3.1 is a free upgrade to Kinoma Player 3 EX customers.
Those new to this application can purchase it for $19.99. It is compatible with all Palm Powered handhelds running Palm OS Garnet.