360-degree views for the masses (if you’re lucky)

By Steve Outing

PictureCloud.com has an interesting idea: Allow anyone to create a walk-around image by submitting multiple images (around 20 is ideal) of an object. The service mashes the photos together to make what appears to be a 360-degree view of the object. The result is kind of cool. I can see how this might come in handy.

So, I tried it out. Alas, I could not get it to work on either Internet Explorer or Firefox. The first time the site told me that my photos didn’t look enough alike (even though they do). After that, the photos wouldn’t load into the Java cloud tool on the site. Bummer. Has anyone else got this to work? (Well, the site does still say “beta.” I’ll say.)

Others appear to have had better luck. Lifehacker.com created a working example.

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!