First 'proper' 360 polar panorama
This is my first proper 360 polar panorama - made using 90 (I was being a bit over cautious) seperate shots taken standing in the middle of the room - merged into an equirectangular projection in Autostitch (its default) and then bent round using polar distort filter in photoshop. There are some stitching errors (e.g. the right side of the coffee table) that are probably the result of taking the shots by hand rather than doing it accurately with a fancy tripod. you can see my shadow just to the right of the central point on the carpet. I like it - it looks like a smiley face.
Seb Przd is the flickr master of these things who has inspired me. I thought this was a stereographic projection but Seb has corrected me below. ho hum. im still getting my head round this and may have to get to grips with some fancy maths to do it really really properly.
Quite pleased Ive finally managed to pull this off. The world is now my panoramic oyster.