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.
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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.
GoPro announced today that they're offering limited purchase availability of Odyssey designed for Google's virtual reality platform, Jump, which was also announced at Google's I/O conference.
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.
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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.
via GoPro and Recode.net