360 Degree Panoramas on Your IPod




Collect 3D spaces from your life for easy view on your iPod and share them with friends.
This is a very quick, easy, virtually free (if you already have an ipod) Instructable on how to make your own 360 panorama views for showing off for your friends. The latest few generations of iPods all have a photo viewing feature nowadays, so you'll be collecting and showing 360 views or Spaces in no time.

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Step 1: Photograph Your Panorama

The effect is achieved by taking a dozen or more overlapping photographs of a scene (in the correct order) taken from one vantage point, and rotating a relatively regular amount between each one. Placed as an album on your iPod, a quick scroll through the pictures generates a 360 space. The nifty scroller on the iPod makes the interfacing even more intuitively pleasing.

Perfect accuracy and spacing while photographing is not required for it to look good, but the closer your surroundings are to you, the more precise you should be in your intervals between photographs. Try to turn about 30 degrees on the spot between each photo, so there is large amount of overlap and continuity when scrolling on the iPod.

Next time your somewhere and you really want to capture to essence of the moment, take a 'space', and add it to your collection on your iPod. This is a great, fairly memory friendly
way of cataloging your travels.

No photo shop or illustrator is needed to make 'spaces', although it can only be viewed this way on your IPod.

Try downloading the photos linked to this Instructable to see how the effect looks if your don't have a chance to take your own.

Step 2: Upload Your Pics

To access the photo feature on your iPod, you will have to use iTunes. Placing photographs as files onto the disc manually will not allow you to view them.

To sync your spaces, make a folder somewhere on your machine. Make a separate sub-folder within this folder for each space, naming it appropriately.

Check the option 'Sync photos from' and browse for your folder.

Step 3: How to Use

Now if there are photos on your iPod, 'Photos' appears on your menu. Your named spaces appear as folders under photos.

Now you've got your all your 3D Spaces in your pocket! Theres plenty of room for all the cool places you've been, like great concerts, vacations, parties, nature, even sets made out of toys.
I'll be posting my Spaces on Instructables and/or Flickr for download.

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    48 Discussions


    9 years ago on Step 2

    Dude I have a 5th gen 120gb ipod and its almost full.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    what is the difference between a photo, panorama and 3dspace and probably 3dpanorama? i once have seen a flat moving panorama called like the latter. here are true real 3d-stereopanoramas www.3dreal.ch or www.europanorama.tk of www.europanorama.ch.vu all the same, linked together. unique freeviewing.

    just export an animation (where the camera rotates in place, so it's essentially a panorama) as an image sequence. I'm pretty sure most 3d programs support that.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    very clever... but is it just clicking next photo? for the effect? or am i missing out on smthn...

    3 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    yeah it is just clicking to the next photo but it has the effect that you are turning in all directions


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    you cou;ld just make a panorama and then put it on and move across the photo couldn't you?