GoPro's Virtual Reality Camera Coming Soon
It's expected to revolutionize the way videos are made and watched by capturing 3-D, 360-degree footage. Continue reading →
GoPro, maker of high-definition cameras designed to shoot action videos, has inspired a wave of camera-wearing dare devils recording everything from skydiving leaps to surfing stunts. Now, the company is taking its videography to the next level-specifically a 3D, 360-degree level.
The 16-camera rig, officially called "Odyssey," was recently unveiled at Google's I/O conference and is expected to revolutionize the way videos are made and watched.
With a $15,000 price tag, it's set to launch in the beginning of November.
GoPro also unveiled this fascinating short video of New York City shot with the Odyssey.
The Odyssey camera will feature 16 HERO 4 Black cameras, fully loaded with custom firmware, 16 array bacpacs with syncing cables and a microphone, along with a custom-built Pelican case, warranty and support.
Google plans to host some of this unique footage on YouTube, which can also be viewed using soon-to-be-launched virtual reality devices like Google Cardboard.
While GoPro's camera isn't available to just anyone, GoPro and Google will work together to select content partners who will be allowed to purchase the limited-quantity VR rig. Professional content creators and producers will be required to submit an application to be granted approval to buy the camera.
However, if you're set on getting your hands on the Odyssey but either can't afford to or haven't been granted access, there are other options. Through the Jump platform, Google is also creating open plans so that companies can build their own 16-camera rig and assemble their own software.
From their high perspective and discreet presence, drones have the ability to capture unique aerial images. Mobile app maker Dronestagram saw the potential for a contest and this year's winners are truly inspiring. Dronestagram executives, along with staff from National Geographic, reviewed more than 5,000 photos taken by drones around the world to identify the top winners. Here, you'll find aerial imagery ranging from snorkelers in French Polynesia to a cliff diver in Mazatlan, Mexico. Enjoy! Above: This photo radiates suspense as snorkelers swim in the center of eight gliding sharks in French Polynesia. The photo took top honors in the "Nature" category.
A custom-built drone rose above the fog to capture this photograph of the cross at the top of the Cathedral of Maringa in Brazil. It won first prize in the "Places" category.
In the "Dronies" category, which represents selfie-like photos taken with drones, an image of a group of people dressed like they are out of a Where’s Wally scene (better known as Where’s Waldo in America) won first place. Where were they really? At Limassol Carnival in Cyprus.
This picture of participants at the very beginning of La Jolla, San Diego’s Pier-To-Cove ocean race took second in the "Nature" category.
Taking second place in the "Places" category, this photo of the Mont Saint-Michel island commune in Normandy, France, features calm waters, a gorgeous landmark and a spectacular sky.
This photo features Plovdiv, an ancient Bulgarian city, lit up magically at night. The image took second price for the "Popular" category, which represents the most-liked photos.
Taking third place in the "Nature" category, this photo of a tropical island in French Polynesia shows spectacular aerial imagery of a group of people with their toes in the water, along with lush trees and a breathtaking sky. Look closely and you’ll also find a hidden rainbow.
This image of a colorful field of tulips in the Netherlands and a group of people strolling trough them took third prize in the "Places" category.
This adventure-packed photo features a cliff diver in Mazatlan, Mexico, about to plummet into crystal clear water. This image was awarded third place for the "Popular" category.