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This 360-Degree Camera Could Become the GoPro of Virtual Reality

May 13, 2016 | Kelly Tatera

Vuze virtual reality camera
Photo credit: Courtesy of HumanEyes Technologies

And it costs less than some iPhones.

Why capture just one angle of a moment when you can capture all 360 degrees? HumanEyes Technologies, a pioneer in 3D and animated content creation, has designed a 3D, 360-degree virtual reality camera, and it costs less than some iPhones — behold Vuze.

The company is already taking pre-orders for its Vuze camera for $799. While that probably surpasses most people’s definition of “affordable,” it’s definitely a better bargain than Nokia’s $60,000 Ozo camera. Samsung has a $499 device out on the market, the Samsung Gear 360, but it shoots videos on two fish-eye lenses, which renders footage that is 2D and somewhat distorted, as seen on their website.

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Plus, Vuze’s $799 price includes a mini-tripod, a headset, and the necessary app and software to run the device.

The device has eight full HD cameras — two on each side — each with 180-degree vertical and 120-degree horizontal fields of view. This allows Vuze to capture 3D, 360-degree videos in 4K resolution at 30 frames per second (fps), and the accompanying app is used to control the camera.

Vuze virtual reality camera tripod

Coutesy of HumanEyes Technologies

HumanEyes says the Vuze Studio software will process footage in near real-time, meaning it will take about one minute of processing per minute of footage, and the Vuze Studio app will stitch the footage together using a number of techniques, including an algorithm it calls adaptive blending.

According to the company’s press kit, adaptive blending identifies objects that the human eye is drawn to, like light contrasts, faces, and straightedges, and then blends around them to create a seamless stitched image, “just as the brain fills in information delivered by the eyes.”

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“Until now, these two worlds ~virtual reality and video recording~ weren’t able to combine as the technology, cost and skills required to create virtual reality video were simply beyond the layperson’s reach,” the creators write on the website.

“Now everyone without a Hollywood budget or technical expertise can create unforgettable experiences to relive and share from every angle, over and over.”

Check out Vuze’s camera experience video below:

 

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