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Welcome to the future of online video.

YouTube announced on Friday that the site now supports 360-degree videos, so a viewer has the ability to pan around the scene as the video plays and watch a moment from different perspectives. On mobile devices you just have to move the phone itself around.

StressLevelZero created the above video as an example of how this new technology works. Note: you’ll need to be in the Chrome browser or on an Android phone.

The short film is about a flying, time traveling red couch, and you can click and drag inside the video to see what’s going on around you.

Of course to produce these videos you will need to buy a special camera. Right now Bublcam, Giroptic’s 360cam, IC Real Tech’s Allie, Kodak’s SP360 and RICOH THETA are all compatible with YouTube. And uploading the content requires a special process.

YouTube also offered some suggestions for what you can do with the technology.

You could let viewers see the stage and the crowd of your concert, the sky and the ground as you wingsuit glide, or you could even have a choose-your-own-adventure video where people see a different story depending on where they look. Only you know what’s possible.

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This may be the most appropriate response to this video I can think of:

Via: DaveHax
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If you listen to Steve, that guy who stands at the end of my block holding a sign that reads “The End of Nigh,” then the end is nigh. Steve’s foresight that the world might be coming to an end should launch you into action, perhaps learning some important survival skills on how to survive the apocalypse. Sure, it’s important to know how to skin a deer with a paper clip, but also important, learning how to open a can of food with a spoon because the irony of having 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife is no longer going to scare us.

via Nicole Wolverton

Or are we?

Luckily for you and Steve, a YouTuber is here to help. Popular Life Hacker Dave Hax, who should rebrand to "Life Hax" immediately and has taught us how to make a chocolate Coca Cola bottle and "magnetic slime," has the solution we've been looking for. In this video, Hax teaches you how to open those pesky Campbell's chunky soup cans with a spoon. Use this information well. When the mysterious race of cloaked mutants has taken the world’s supply of can openers, this video could save your life. 

Be ready. Stay alive. Stock spoons.

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