What Is It?
Coperniko is a software application developed by AT Media. It aims to change the way people interact with 360 videos on 2D screens by allowing them to use head gestures to change a scene’s camera perspective.
What Are the Benefits?
Coperniko makes it more convenient to watch 360 videos. It also enhances immersion by giving users a more intuitive way to interact with the scene. You no longer have to drag your mouse or swipe your screen to change the camera perspective. By tilting your head, the camera pans to the left or right. By leaning forward or backward, the camera zooms in and out. Your natural head movement is the only thing required to direct the camera.
The software is especially useful for people who want to enjoy 360 videos without a VR headset. In the past, these users had only two options. The first option was to drag their mouse to change the camera perspective. The second option was to track the movement of the viewing device itself. Both of these solutions had their drawbacks. The first option was more convenient but it also required users to interact with the scene in a way that felt unnatural and broke the immersion. The second option was more intuitive, but it required an excessive amount of movement for someone sitting on their couch or chair.
Coperniko combines the best of both worlds. By using head gestures, you get more convenience than a mouse click and more immersion than a screen swipe.
What Does It Mean for VR Porn?
The software could be used to watch 360 porn videos without a VR headset. You obviously won’t get the 3D effect, but your viewing experience will at least include a bit more agency. With Coperniko, you get to direct the VR porn scene yourself instead of relying on some other guy to do it for you. And, since it’s all done with head gestures, you can keep your hands free for other “activities.”
Coperniko is a small but significant step towards wide-scale adoption of 360 videos. Eventually, we will all have VR headsets that will do the tracking for us. Until then, it’s great to have technology like Coperniko to help with the transition.