The end of the selfie could be upon us thanks to the growth of virtual reality headsets and availability of affordable 360 degree cameras.
“Surroundie” could be the term that you’ll have to become accustomed to instead. This refers to a selfie taken with a 360 degree camera, allowing people looking at your photo to see the world around you as well as the subjects of a photo.
— Ben Wood (@benwood) August 31, 2016
The term was coined by CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood who believes that “the ‘surroundie’ can become the new selfie in particular the way millenials want to share experiences.” With YouTube and Facebook supporting 360 degree content, it’s only a matter of time.
“Facebook and YouTube have firmly put their weight behind it. This is the first time we have had a new content format where there is such wide distribution from the beginning.”
“With 360, all you need is a camera and you can immediately share it. We have never had situation where there is instant distribution to billions of people,” he added.
Many companies are banking on 360 cameras and virtual reality headsets finding a place in homes around the world. Samsung has the Gear 360 camera and Gear VR headset in its portfolio, while Oculus and HTC are giving users ways to enjoy VR content.