YouTube Live 360, Google I/O, and you
Last year at #io15
, the video screen wrapped around 270 degrees. This 360 panorama gives you an idea what it was like when we walked into the keynote hall.
With just over a month to go until the 2016 keynote, I'm going to make my first prediction. This year, the screen will wrap a full 360 degrees. And the entire keynote will be broadcast in 360 degree vision on YouTube Live. Meaning that people at home (if you have your Cardboard sets going) may get nearly as awesome a perspective as we do at Shoreline Amphitheater.
Last year, the head of Cardboard talked about all the great things that were coming on that platform, and YouTube Live 360 and surround audio were part of what he pitched. Those are now coming true, just in time for Coachella this weekend and I/O next month.
I think this is a daring experiment, to be honest. While everyone else is focusing their Live efforts on making it so everyone can broadcast.. YouTube seems to be focusing its Live efforts on select smaller groups that can do awesome things - gaming and 360 are the genres right now. Will we see them roll out a bigger Live platform that everyone can use? Will everyone have access to 360 broadcasting? What is the API like?
And if so, will the presentation be awesome? There wasn't a lot that really used the 270 degree screens - will they truly wow us with some 360 degree work? I can only imagine what it will be like. Can they do real presentations this way? Can we be surrounded by information about a topic, not just the same slide repeated every other screen? That would be awesome! (And possibly overwhelming.) But still... I really
hope they at least try to pull it off... and I really really
hope they do. I can picture it... and if they do it right, it will be beautiful.
I hope they pull it off. I really do.
We'll find out in just under 29 days!