RICOH Announced the 2nd RICOH THETA Developers Contest

RICOH Imaging Europe S.A.S recently announced their second annual developers contest. The competition, reportedly looks out for new applications and gadgets that utilize the RICOH THETA camera which takes 360-degree, fully spherical images or videos in one capture. Once registered, applicants will have time till 31st August 2016 to submit their final version of their app and gadget designs. 

As a part of RICOH’s 80th anniversary celebrations this year, the contest challenges developers to create innovative apps and gadgets that work in synchronization with the RICOH THETA. According to the company, the winners of the contest will receive a trip to Tokyo, Japan, for the awards ceremony and the first prize winner will be awarded a cash prize of one million Yen.

Applicants will also gain early access to an exciting new platform which has been optimized for cloud-based applications leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT). The new IoT platform makes it possible for developers to efficiently and cost-effectively build cloud-based applications, which typically require significant expertise in cloud services and servers and a longer development time. It will be interesting to see what the company comes up with since 360 degree videos and photos seem to be the future of the industry.