Google has released a camera app that lets you capture images within a 360-degree sphere by holding down the camera button as if it were the trigger on a spraypaint can.
The intriguing app’s tagline is “a perfectly imperfect VR-ish camera” and it’s an experimental project that hails from Google’s Creative Lab.
In a blog post released today, senior designer Glenn Cochon writes that the project was inspired by the creative outpouring on the company’s Android Experiments open-source platform for innovative Android projects, which launched last year.
Sprayscape is simple to use and a dangerously fun time-waster. Photos are taken continuously as the user holds their finger down on the camera button. This allows for the easy creation of panoramas and collages that form a full circle, perfect for virtual reality viewing.
At the moment, the resulting — inevitably somewhat grainy — artworks can be shared directly to friends Facebook or through a custom link.