RICOH THETA V Plug-in Partner Program Goes Live
Introduced earlier this year at CES, RICOH officially pulled the cover off of its Plug-in Partner Program for the RICOH THETA V. Launched Thursday, the program includes development tools and support for members. The goal of the program is to enable third-party developers to use those tools to create their own Android-based plug-ins for the RICOH THETA V.
The THETA V has already displayed a uniqueness through various RICOH-built plugins. When we reviewed the product last year, RICOH had already developed a plug-in that allowed us to use the 360-degree/4K camera as a remote control when playing back photos and video on a TV. Since then, RICOH developed a second plug-in that allows for still images and video to be transferred to a USB storage device.
Built on an Android-based operating system, the Plug-in Partner Program has a very open architecture, which RICOH said will enable developers to expand the THETA V’s functionality in countless ways through these new plug-ins. At CES, the company explained there are a ton of potential use cases for the THETA V, including automatic picture taking, facial recognition, immersive video experiences, and more. The program could also result in the development of new hardware accessories for the camera.