The deeper I get into my 30s, the more infrequent are my trips back home to visit my old stomping grounds of Lake Stevens, Washington. The place where I came to age – without 360°.

Back to the 90′

Correspondingly, the wave of nostalgia that hits me during these rare returns becomes more and more pronounced. It’s a wistful time in one’s life, as you begin to see your childhood reflected in the experiences of your own young children. My boys are 4 and 2 years old and constantly remind me of how much fun it was to be a kid.

Naturally, I’m anxious to document as much as I can. Especially on those trips home where I get to watch them do all the things I used to have so much fun doing.

On my most recent trip home, I found myself as I usually do thumbing through old photo albums. I noticed that the pictures had a clear running theme: something that I never noticed back then, but was obvious to me now. See if you can spot what’s missing from these images circa 1990 – 1994.

As was the case with many families, dad always served as our default photographer. And although tripods and self-timers did exist in those days, they were hardly practical for candid capturing. So here we had my father living life right alongside us, in the thick of all our best moments, but with little evidence to show that he was ever even around—the common theme being dad always got left out of our family snapshots.

 

Next generation of memories in 360°

I had been reading and hearing about the product for months prior, but it wasn’t until the first time I tried out the Giroptic iO myself that I realized the true value of 360°: immersive memory making. Capturing all sides of a moment—back, front, and side to side—means that nothing, and, more importantly, no one, gets left out of the shot or the memory.  

That’s the first video I took with the iO.

If I had taken that same shot in 1994, either it would have been a lame snapshot of a far-off rainbow with no human subjects included; or, if it had been a video, just the rainbow would have been in frame with human voices in the background. Even with today’s standard technology, I would have had to choose which subject(s) I wanted to focus on: my son and I, or the rainbow. Only the iO made it possible to catch every sight and sound comprising that single blip in time.

Poor dad. He would have loved to have this back in the 90s. Fortunately, though, it’s not too late for him to get in the shot.

Whether you’re a young parent like myself trying to capture every part of all the best moments of your children’s childhoods, or a grandparent trying to make up for lost time, the Giroptic iO is a truly special piece of technology.