The first company to take advantage of Google’s new JUMP technology introduced at I/O 2015 is GoPro. The 16 Cam 360 Array, which has a name that is quite self-explanatory, features sixteen cameras into slots for immersive virtual reality content. Users of this new type of hardware can create content for YouTube, Google Cardboard, and more; however, GoPro’s offering will only be available to YouTube content creators first for six months.
GoPro will provide pricing and general availability in the near future. What we know for sure is that the 16 Cam 360 Array will not be cheap.
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Google Cardboard, the Mountain View company’s headset that brings virtual reality straight to the consumer at an affordable price, is set to get some major additions to the product as early as this summer.
Today at Google I/O 2015, Google showed us what all they have in store for us with Cardboard. From bringing the everyday photographer and adventurer the ability to shoot their own virtual reality movies from raw video with JUMP to teachers taking their students on virtual field trips with Expeditions, Google demonstrated just how serious they are about virtual reality. Read more
We’ve reported on HTC‘s upcoming GoPro competitor multiple times but all we’ve had to go by were a couple photos and a possible release date. Luckily that seems to have changed today thanks to Taiwanese site EPrice. According to them, HTC’s upcoming
mini-parascope camera will have a 16MP sensor, slow-motion video recording, underwater recording capabilities and a 170-degree Super Wide Angle Lens.
Looking to add another revenue stream to combat the losses its faced, HTC appears to be working on a waterproof sports camera that will rival those of GoPro. According to an inside source, the camera will feature a 16MP ultra wide-angle lens and it will also connect directly to Android and iOS devices. The camera is said to be tube-shaped and will feature Bluetooth and WiFi. HTC is also said to be toying with the idea of releasing an Android and iOS app to support the camera.
The inside source pegs the Oct. 8 “double exposure” event as the likely place that this and a selfie-oriented smartphone will be announced. While some hopefuls are looking for the yes-it-is, no-it’s-not HTC smartwatch to make an appearance, that won’t likely happen until sometime in 2015.
Fans of GoPro’s point-of-view sports and action cameras will be pleased to know an update to the GoPro App was released last Friday. The big change included an update to support GoPro’s new line of HERO3 video cameras as announced via GoPro’s Twitter account. An update to the GoPro camera is required in order to use the app which is available for Android devices via the Google Play Store. Read more