Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Facebook Unveils “Surround 360”, Open Source VR Camera

Today at F8 conference, Facebook revealed the “Surround 360”, a 17-lens 3D VR camera that looks like a UFO on a stick and requires almost zero laborious post-production work, unlike most VR rigs. Facebook won’t be selling the Surround 360. Instead, later this summer it will put the hardware designs and video stitching algorithms will be available to developers on GitHub this summer. All the parts can be bought online for $30,000.

Facebook is open-sourcing the camera to "accelerate the growth of the 3D-360 ecosystem—developers can leverage the designs and code, and content creators can use the camera in their productions," said Chris Cox, Facebook's chief product officer.

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