Instamuseum turns your Instagram account into a virtual reality 3D gallery

Jun 3, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Instamuseum turns your Instagram account into a virtual reality 3D gallery

Jun 3, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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If scrolling through a plain old Instagram feed isn’t exciting enough for you, a new free online app called Instamuseum lets you turn it into a virtual museum.

To create your gallery, you’ll need an account on Sketchfab, but that is also free.  To let people view them, you need simply to embed them into your website.

https://sketchfab.com/models/0bc0dc5c4fc74e6f8795d68388ecec5a

Utilising Blender 3D to generate dynamic 3D models, and then uploading them to Sketchfab, Instamuseum holds a lot of potential for future development.

As well as offering up the app itself, they’ve made the complete source code freely available on GitHub, released under the open source MIT License, which pretty much allows you to do what you want with it (almost).

https://sketchfab.com/models/31ef875e1b004d26a2d6e8d1b545116b

It’s an interesting idea, and a unique way to show off your work.  It seems that at the moment, however, there are some limitations.

You can’t select which images get chosen for your gallery, it just pulls the most recent images from your feed until the gallery is full.  The environments in which your images are displayed are also fixed.  You can’t change the floor or the wallpaper, to give your images a better background colour scheme, for example.

https://sketchfab.com/models/1818b9668c6d4da9b50bc83e45725311

With the source code being freely available, though, it wouldn’t surprise me to see somebody develop a version which allowed you to choose specific images from your feed, in order to produce more “curated” galleries, as well as the ability to upload custom textures for walls and the floor.

A version that supported Facebook albums would certainly make curation a lot easier, with minimal hassle for the end user.  Make a new album, upload a bunch of images to it, tell the app to run, and you’ve got exactly what you want in your gallery.

The .blend files are also included along with the rest of the source, allowing you to modify them and create your own 3D environments inside Blender into which you can place your images.

While it might seem to have fairly limited application, and simply be a neat new toy that you’ll get bored with quickly, it could be a great way to show off some of your work to mobile-savvy VR viewers (although, you can view on a desktop, too).

Is this the future of online portfolios?  Or is it just a useless gimmick?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

[via BlenderNation]

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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