The THETA MIKU app is a creation tool
This is ubu369.
Finally, we are getting close to the start of the camera sale online and the pre-sales at the Magical Mirai event on September 1 (Friday). All our staff are getting nervous.
Well, this blog was created with the plan to unlock the secrets of “RICOH THETA Type HATSUNE MIKU” (abbreviated as “THETA MIKU”), the dedicated app developed for “RICOH THETA Type HATSUNE MIKU”. I, the Ricoh writer Ubukata (ubu369), had a tripartite talk at XVI Inc., the center of developing the app.
In 3D modelling, people who are unable to actually draw a picture can create really amazing models.
So, the vocaloid is a very important example of accelerated creativity using computing. You could say that we can now accomplish something that we could not do before.
We created THETA with the purpose of conveying a “photographic scene” to create an experience for the user to stir their emotions by sharing the feeling of the mood in the place.
So, while I was actually trying to use the camera and giving my support for it, I thought it would be interesting if I could have a character with me in the photographic scene. I thought this would create a new sense of life that had never been done before within the photographic scene.
Ricoh was exhibiting its products and XVI was also exhibiting their VR experience demonstration. This was the main reason for starting this project.
Of course, we told them “We don’t want to create a camera model with a simple color change. We want to offer a new experience to users that would further expand the connection for creation with Hatsune Miku.”
Employee sal has used the THETA MIKU app the most at Ricoh and created many examples of work.
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Example of work by Employee sal
Instead of blurring a person at the time, you can bring out the mood by blurring a character.
So you take a photo and then later can freely make Miku appear in the photo. This is like making art because you are molding it into a form you prefer after taking the photo.
This is a “creation tool”. Using this “creation tool”, you can not only take spherical photos but also make a work of art that includes your own expression. Using it feels good.
What’s important is that it can produce new creators, don’t you think? Anyone can become a creator.
When THETA changed to a creation tool this time, I no longer felt that something was missing. Create a spherical image with Miku appearing, share it with everyone, and have them like it. Create a work of art with your favorite character and distribute it over SNS.
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XVI: GOROman and Sorasu Aoki, Ricoh: Employee sal and ubu369, and also... Miku!
We talked for an hour and a half (someone barged in during conversation lol). I summarized the talk around the app this time. We also talked about the future and some off-record topics, and it would be nice to release these sometime in the future.
A summary of how to purchase “RICOH THETA SC Type HATSUNE MIKU”!
Orders will start at the official direct sales website from noon on September 1 (Friday).
We plan to start shipping the cameras around the end of September.
＊ It will be on sale from 9/25 in the USA.
①Registration as a Ricoh Imaging Photo ID member
②Purchase from the official direct sales website after orders start
[Purchase at the Magical Mirai event]
We will have a pre-sale of the camera limited to 39 cameras each day during the event from noon on September 1 (Friday) until September 3 (Sunday) at the Ricoh exhibit booth.
The Ricoh booth is located in corporate booth area 11.
People who purchase the camera at the venue will receive a “deluxe tote bag with a fuzichoco designed art print” as a present. This is an item that can only be obtained at the event!
●Numbered tickets will be handed out to people waiting in line.
●The first person waiting in line on the first day of the event will receive serial No. 0001.
Further serial numbers will be given randomly. Thank you for your understanding.
• Cash (JPY)
• Credit card: VISA, MASTER, JCB, JCB Premo, AMEX, DINERS, DISCOVER, China UnionPay
●Limited to 1 camera per person, returns not accepted
How to enjoy the introduction movie!
Hello, sorry, it’s me again, this is Lemon!
About the photos in yesterday’s blog entry. It appears that I set up the photos with the left and right side in reverse…! I apologize if it looked strange when opening the box. The correct appearance will be that the THETA box will be arranged on the right side.
Well, an introduction movie for “RICOH THETA SC Type HATSUNE MIKU” was released today! Have you had a chance to see it!?
If you haven’t, please go check it out. The shutter sound has also finally been released for the first time.
They have really done a great job with the movie.
What’s more, it was made using a spherical video! I hope someone will tell you a behind-the-scenes story of how it was created for another day. Please allow me to tell you how to enjoy the spherical video!
●Viewing method using a computer
Check out the YouTube explanation for the latest information.
The information as of today states that “The latest version of Chrome, Opera, Firefox, or Internet Explorer for the computer is required”, so please verify that your computer has the latest-version browser.
If you can see the whole of Miku in the center and she appears small as shown below, please check your browser as stated above.
If the operation button displays in the top left of the screen as shown, everything is good!!
Enjoy rotating the video using a mouse.
●Viewing method using a smartphone
Again, check out the YouTube explanation for the latest information. At this point in time, they say “For mobile devices, use the latest version of the YouTube app”, so before anything else, download the YouTube app.
Then you can enjoy the video from the YouTube app!
For smartphones, in addition to touch screen operations, you can also enjoy the video in VR view mode that allows you to see the movie in the direction the smartphone is being held as long as your smartphone supports this feature! First, open the video from the YouTube app and then try moving the smartphone by rotating it to the left and right a little as you hold it up. I think you should be able to see what is happening.
I think the people using a computer also should try this VR view mode with a smartphone.
Now be careful of your Internet connection here. There is a cog icon on the screen where you can select the picture quality (largest value is best) so if you select it, you can view the video with the best picture quality ♪ (This is the same for the computer.)
That’s it! Please use #miku360 to let us know what you think of the movie.
We were able to take some photos of the boxed set!
At last, the day has come where we can show you this on the blog. I’m excited to see the camera and its accessories all in one place as a boxed set…!
Oh, this is Lemon. Hi. Be sure to use the hashtag #miku360 when uploading photos with Miku!
Today, instead of me talking, here are some photos. So, have a look.
* August 28, 2017 postscript: The package arrangement shown in the photos on this blog differs to the final version. When your camera arrives and you open the box, the THETA box will be arranged on the right side.
The box has a sleeve, which makes Miku look like she is slightly veiled. We also created the delicate colors from fuzichoco so that they would look as beautiful as possible!
Here it is after opening the box ♪ The color of the partition inside the box is Miku’s color!
I noticed that something like Miku fever is happening among everyone involved with the product and there are just so many things in this boxed set to obsess over…
Removing the ABITAX special case on the right…
Reveals a dog tag key holder!! You can just catch a glimpse of fuzichoco’s Miku through the 01 number. The part with the serial number is different to those that will be sold because this is a sample piece.
I think describing it in words is difficult to understand so here is a photo. This is how it looks in the box! Oh, “RICOH THETA SC Type HATSUNE MIKU” is inside the box on the left.
Here are all the items lined up together (*>ヮ<)
I hope this overall picture of the set will be of use to everyone who is considering purchasing the camera!
Well, that’s all for today.
The entire review!
Hello everyone. This is Lemon! I am glad to see in #miku360 tweets that many of you are looking at the blog each day! Thank you!
Employee sal is completely enthralled by Miku. His example from the other day is worth seeing. Did you check it out? If you haven’t, you really should take a look here!
Also, next week is finally Miku’s birthday and the week of Magical Mirai 2017. More than being nervous…I’m also excited and I can’t get rid of the feeling! We are finally at the final stage of preparing for “RICOH THETA Type HATSUNE MIKU”.
Well, we’ve talked about various information from time to time, and today I will review and summarize the information!
IMPORTANT! To those people who are considering purchasing “RICOH THETA Type HATSUNE MIKU”!
Thank you very much! (* >ヮ<) There are 2 ways you can purchase it.
[Method 1] If you come to the Magical Mirai event
There will be a pre-sale limited to 39 cameras per day at the Ricoh booth. So, please come and visit us at the venue. You will need a ticket to enter the venue. Please check out the official Magical Mirai website for details.
As only a limited number of cameras will be sold, we would like to apologize if the camera is sold out. We will prepare the latest information so that we can let you know on our website.
Please take another look at Momopon’s blog entry about important points concerning the Magical Mirai event.
[Method 2] To all people who will not be coming to the event
This is probably most of you! A link to a page where you can order the camera will be shown on this website from noon on September 1, 2017 (JST).
The dog tag key holder printed with a serial number will be given to the first 3,939 people so be sure to place your order as soon as possible.
Also, just a quick reply to some things I saw in #miku360 tweets and such!
How did you get Miku to appear behind the sunflowers? Did the camera automatically detect the sunflowers’ position and hide Miku behind them?
＞It’s not automatic. It was done manually using a masking function! Check out Employee sal’s blog entry to see how it was done ♪
The idea of going to the ocean with the camera in a waterproof case
＞Fantastic idea!! You must try this! I think those people who intend to try various ways of using the camera can expand the range of how the camera is used if they use Ricoh genuine accessories. I will share this idea with everyone（ ＞ヮ＜)b
Please take a look here for Ricoh genuine accessories. Also, for the case’s waterproof performance and usage scenes, have a look at the linked page.
For those people who are agonizing over whether to purchase the camera! Have a look and enjoy the interview article that may be of some use to make up your mind before the day the camera goes on sale.
External interview article: Hatsune Miku is an angel that even now stimulates creators — Asking the “Mikuture” developer about their passion for the THETA MIKU app (from PANORA, in Japanese only)
We intend to continue updating information next week and on the day of the Magical Mirai event!
By all means, please keep checking in on this blog ♪