One of the most useful features of CoSpaces is the ability to add 360 degree images very easily. This allows teachers and students to create many interesting kinds of virtual reality creations, from virtual tours in cities around the world — to field trips to famous sites or landmarks in nature.
In this guide, I’ll show you how you can do this in under 5 minutes.
Estimated Time: 5 minutes. Difficulty: Easy
First, create or login to your account in CoSpaces and create a new space.
- When you are in the space editor, find the menu located in the bottom left corner. Select Environment.
- Click on the background image that you want want to use for your Space. Notice that there is also a 360 degree button. Here is where you can upload your own 360 degree images.
Creating/Finding a 360 Degree Image
You need to either obtain or make a spherical 360 degree image. If you want to make your own, the easiest way is to create a photosphere using a 360 degree camera like a Ricoh Theta S. You can also make your own using various apps (e.g. Google Streetview).
If you don’t have a way to make your own 360 image, you can also easil find good 360 spherical images from various sources on the Web, including Flickr. Be sure that you have the proper permissions to use the photos, however, as some images are not royalty free or may have copyright restrictions.
Let’s say we download a nice 360 photosphere from Flickr. After downloading a file to your computer, we now use this in our CoSpaces scene.
Adding a 360 Degree Image
- In the Environment menu, click on the “Upload 360 photo” button.
- Choose your 360 degree photo.
- You’re done! Now you have a 360 degree photosphere image as the background of your VR scene.