Today, we launched our website. Use it to enjoy Mallorca in 360º VR.
We’re big fans of virtual reality and some of us have been involved in 360º panorama production in one way or another since the 90s. Like many others, we’ve been waiting for technology to catch up and make it easier and more accessible for everyone to enjoy the immersive experience of virtual reality. Thanks to advances in technology, and a mainstream push from Oculus and Google, it’s now available on everyone’s phone, and fully immersive with a simple piece of cardboard.
We also love our island, our “roqueta” (little rock), and what better way to present it to the world than to show so many of the places we love in full 360º spherical panoramas. That was the birth of this idea, and of this channel. Through it, you can sit and relax at some of Mallorca’s wonderful locations, looking around with your mouse, tablet, mobile, or preferably with a Google Cardboard.
Why spherical 360 and not full VR
It’s simple. Full VR requires expensive goggles and computer hardware, whereas spherical 360º VR panoramas are accessible to anyone on most devices and with a simple, cheap, cardboard viewer you can build yourself (or get from Google or others on Amazon), you get the full immersion. The difference is that 360 is passive whereas full VR is active.
Full VR is excellent for gaming and artificial worlds you “walk through” with controllers, a full headset, all tied to a computer system. 360VR is something you can enjoy anywhere, at anytime, with just your smartphone. With 360VR you can have an immersive experience no matter where you are, especially with the light, cheap cardboard viewer. We hope you’ll enjoy relaxing with our videos and that you’ll fully immerse yourself in them. Don’t know how to watch? Click here.
Present and Future
We started our project with a YouTube channel, launching five initial, relaxing 360º 4K spherical videos. They’re great to relax and to contemplate the sounds and sights of different Majorcan locations with. Every week, we launch a new video, announcing it through social media on our Facebook page, on Twitter, and Instagram, and adding it to our new website.
Next week, for our tenth video, and to celebrate our launch success, we’re trying something different. We’re putting together a small selection of locations, some from photos, others from angles we didn’t include before for different reasons, and creating a video that cycles through them with music by Franco Esteve. It’s short, it’s quick, and we hope you enjoy it. It highlights a bit of what we’re trying to do with our channel, as we grow into more locations, videos, and concepts.
How we fund our website and channel
Mallorca 360 is a labor of love, but like everything else in life, producing these videos, maintaining the sites, social media, etc., comes with expenses. Our goal is not money. Our goal is to be able to continue to produce and run our channel, to continue to better the quality and equipment, and for everyone to enjoy all of it. For this reason, we’ve included some affiliate links to Amazon and to our favorite VPN, NordVPN, throughout our website and on the descriptions to our videos, so be sure and use them to shop Amazon and to protect your privacy with a VPN (if you’re not using a VPN right now, you should). We’ve also now started offering some 360º photography and video services to local companies, including the possibility to Sponsor a Video. The hope here is to cover the costs to continue to produce these videos.
No one enjoys full blown advertising everywhere. Now, we may not be able to control whether or not some of our channels add advertising, but we’re trying to keep it to a minimum or to a less intrusive level, while covering production costs. We wish to thank y’all for your support in keeping this goal and in helping us to continue to grow our channel. We’re considering other support and funding options in the future as well.
Go enjoy our new website!
Thank you for reading, following, liking, but most of all for watching and enjoying our videos. Visit our new website here.
And finally, hit that clap button right here on this page. Hit it 10, 20, or hold up to 50 claps. Thank you. :)