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My New Toy – Ricoh Theta 360

A couple weeks ago, my author pal Garrett Robinson shared a video that blew my friggin mind. It was from Vid Con in Anaheim using a crazy new camera called a Ricoh Theta. The thing takes video in 360 degrees, everything at once, so when you’re watching it on your phone’s YouTube app, you can spin around and see whatever you want.

Before I ever got into writing books, I always making dumb videos, recording them with my gigantic VHS video camera. Eventually, the stupidity evolved to recording on those little tapes, then digitally. It’s been a while since I’ve played around in video-making and that fills my heart with sadness.

But this Ricoh Theta thing, that’s a game-changer. As soon as I saw it the idea engine started revving up so I jumped on Amazon, stuck it in my shopping cart, hovered the mouse over the Buy Now button… then I stopped. I probably shouldn’t be spending money on this right now what with bills to pay and such. So, I went to bed.

The next morning, I still couldn’t get this new toy out of my head. Time to put myself at financial risk. Will it be worth it? You decide.

Welcome to YouTubesday.

(make sure to watch it in the YouTube app for the full experience!)

Aaaand if you want to get one for yourself, here you go: