Category: VR

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HOMiDO VR headset for smartphones

Posted by Charbax – October 18, 2015

HOMiDO Virtual Reality headset for smartphones with a custom made VR lense with up to 100° FOV, it's for 360 degree video and gaming, compatible with most recent smart phones, retail price is 69€ in Europe and $89 in the USA.

Sphericam 4K@60fps 360º video camera for VR

Posted by Charbax – October 12, 2015

4K recording of 360 video is very important for the recording of 360 video content for the VR video industry, as lower resolution 360 video content doesn't look very good. Sphericam is the first fully spherical, 360º video camera that records 4K at 60fps that I have seen yet. It can film everything around with 6 image sensors, 6 lenses, 4 Microphones, 6 Micro SD Card Slots. It can do realtime stitching to internal memory at 30FPS in 4K, in 10 bit color, at 600 megabits per second. If you record to the 6 MicroSD cards it can record 60FPS 4K at up to 2.4gigabits per second. It can also live-stream the real-time stiched 360 degree 4K video or 6 unstiched videos at a bitrate of up to 100Mbit per second. All this sounds awesome, but the price is above $2000. Read more at http://www.sphericam.com/

ALLie 360 degree 4K video camera from IC Realtech, Real Time, Qualcomm Snapdragon, 13mpix

Posted by Gennie – August 16, 2015

IC Realtech shows their 360 degree 4K video camera, include cameras used for home security, baby monitor, even helicopters. All models all base on Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, with dual 13mega pixel lens based on 720DPI resolution, 8* digital zoom and pan abilities, support WiFi or Lan, it works Real Time 720 degree viewing with apps on mobile phone or tablet, also support Gyrosocoptic control through mobile phone to move your device around to control the angle, in addition to the option to swipe for navigation. With internal SD card slot it also support local video storage, as well as the cloud storage through WiFi for much longer time periods storage. New model with 4K and LTE supported will coming later.

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GIROPTIC 360 degree camera FHD @30fps GPS WiFi video streaming and monitoring

Posted by Gennie – August 16, 2015

The French company GIROPTIC shows the world’s 1st 360 degree cam. It already got 4000 backers and 1.4million USD from Kickstarter!
There are 3 eyes(150 degree for each), 3 hears, 3 microphones on the 360cam, with a curved LED screen, GPS, WiFi inside.
It can record Full HD 360 degree video @30fps in MP4 format, 8Mpx photos@3fps picture. With Build-in WiFi module, you can review the picture and video on your phone/tablet , and share with your friend on social network like facebook/twitter immediately.
With a rubber cover, it can become a water-proof camera up to underwater 30 meters.
There is also a standard light slot adaptor, then you can use it as an easy home video surveillance with video streaming surround sound with 2 microphones.
With a 1300mAh battery life up to 1 hour, it also support micro USB charge from power bank.
For more information please visit: http://360.tv/#360_Player

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Nvidia VR Experience using Oculus Rift and Nvidia GPUs

Posted by Charbax – June 5, 2015

Here I try on the Nvidia VR experience using the latest Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype, connected by a cable to a Desktop computer with a powerful Nvidia Geforce 980 Ti GPU and running a quite advanced Engine animated video demo in a 1440p "smartphone type" head-mounted display. Nvidia explains what they are doing for Virtual Reality, this could be quite a fun and advanced immersive gaming and 360 video experience. The latest Oculus Rift has sensors on it with a tracker to be mounted on the wall, detecting where exactly you are moving your head in the room.

$89/69€ Homido VR Headset

Posted by Charbax – October 17, 2014

To be ready for mass production from early November, Homido is a french/chinese company making a Virtual Reality Headset in which you can put any smartphone from 4" to 5.7", with 5" being the optimum size they say see http://homido.com/compatibility/ The retail price is to be about $89/69€. The optics are from Taiwan they offer different lenses and a comfort adjustment. They will try to catch the Christmas season, they include 360 video playback software for Android and iOS, and some of the 360 video recording solutions such as the 3D Heroes adapter for 6 GoPros and other cheaper solutions doing it for cheaper.

You can contact Homido here (please only contact if you're a serious distributor):
Homido
Mathieu Parmentier, co-founder
mathieu@homido.com
Mobile: +33 676512477
http://homido.com

Caiba.net Telepresence Robot in Oculus Rift

Posted by Charbax – October 10, 2014

Using Arduino, a small Windows PC, the user wears the Oculus Rift to see from both eyes of the telepresence robot, motors, battery life is about 3 hours, you see what it sees and it moves its head as you move your head and you move it around using a gamepad. The price may be about $500 (not sure if with or without the oculus rift type remote vision head-mounted display device)

Finwe and vrAse show how the Smartphone-in-your-face powers the mass market virtual reality media of the future, it works!

Posted by Charbax – April 4, 2014

I discovered the awesomeness that are Finwe and vrAse which quite simply made me understand the whole VR segment for the first time. The idea that we will simply use our Smartphones and Tablets to power really advanced mass market heads-up augmented reality applications, this is awesome. There isn't need for Facebook's $2 Billion Oculus VR.

So you have been seeing all the news about Finwe and vrAse right here on ARMdevices.net consider that websites TheVerge, CNET and co don't even know yet that this awesomeness exists.

vrAse: much better than Oculus VR

Posted by Charbax – March 25, 2014

This is the way to do VR. Using your latest Smartphone and the $100€ vrAse headset (€ prices always include 20% VAT!). Using your latest always-improving Smartphone display, sensors, processor, graphics, storage, connectivity and everything. Just insert your Smartphone into the $100 http://vrAse.com headset (successfully funded on Kickstarter, to be available this summer) and you transform your latest smartphone into an awesome virtual reality machine. I've tried it, and it's awesome. Oculus VR and other similar dedicated VR headsets probably use standard smartphone components anyway, so why not just use the latest Smartphone in the vrAse headset? vrAse just focuses on providing good optics with two lenses, which can provide for 3D and 2D immersive virtual reality.

The vrAse finally justifies having 1080p and higher than 1080p resolution on your latest smartphone because it brings your smartphone display pixels up close to your eyes!

I think the killer app for vrAse (and for any other VR headsets) may actually be 360 degree panoramic immersive video (although the 360 video cameras are not yet available to the masses, but they may be imminent), as I filmed the 6K panoramic video demo on Nexus 5 in my Finwe.fi video of last month:

360° video panorama technology, a new experience! presented by Finwe.fi

Posted by Charbax – February 28, 2014

This is 360 video, presented by Finwe Ltd CEO Juha Kela. 360 video is a special video production technology that utilizes multiple cameras to produce a full spherical 360x180 degree video experience. Video from multiple sources is synchronized, fine tuned and stitched together with a software called Autopano Video and Autopano Giga by Kolor. Kolor also delivers solutions for 360 video hosting and playback on a PC and web browser. Web player is based on html5.

Finwe ltd has developed a movement and touch controlled 360 video player for mobile devices, called 360 VideoBall. In collaboration with Kolor, they also just released a pre-version of free Kolor Eyes Android player. Beyond that, mobile player can also be used with Kickstarter funded goggles vrAse. This cool gadget has lenses and a special frame that holds mobile phones inside. The mobile phone is then used as a movement controlled display device, producing a separate image for both eyes. There is now an equipment based on 6 GoPro's in a 360x180 formation to shoot 360 3D videos, which was used as a demonstration in MWC. The experience is really stunning and the image quality is very good thanks to the high quality and resolution of mobile devices.

Finwe CEO Juha Kela also demonstrated a special custom technology that enables 6k 360 video playback on a mobile phone. Current devices support only 4k resolution, but with the special technology they developed devices can play back videos even with 8k resolution! With this solution, user can zoom into the video without losing the quality.

To be able to provide a full turn key solution for 360 video production and to support the marketing of the mobile 360 video player technology Juha Kela founded a company called FinCloud Ltd. FinCloud has already done number of multi camera productions and one of their productions, a 360 music video for Finnish band Apulanta is currently nominated in Spotify "Innovator of the Year" category in Emma Gaala. Emma Gaala is an annual event, which rewards the most significant players in the industry during a year.

Example 360 videos:
Power Park theme park Finland:
http://eyes.kolor.com/en/v/f54450160b3cbad2f20bcc9037ae7f9f

There is now an equipment based on 6 GoPro’s in a 360×180 formation to shoot 360 3D videos, which was used as a demonstration in MWC. Special camera rigs are manufactured by Freedom360 and 360 Heros. The experience is really stunning and the image quality is very good thanks to the high quality and resolution of mobile devices.

360 camera rigs:
- Freedom360: http://www.freedom360.us/
- 360 Heros: http://www.360heros.com/

Kolor Eyes video wall:
http://eyes.kolor.com

Mobile 360 video solutions:
Finwe Ltd http://www.finwe.fi
juha.kela@finwe.fi

360 Video and Panorama stitching solutions and 360 video HW:
http://www.kolor.com

360 video production services:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fincloud-Ltd/1452416898325253
FInCloud Ltd: juha.kela@finwe.fi
http://instagram.com/fincloud
juha.kela@finwe.fi

vrAse immersive media frame for mobile phone
http://www.vrase.com

Free 360 Video apps for iOS:
360 VideoBall:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fi.finwe.panoramavideo
Kolor Eyes:
http://itunes.apple.com/app/kolor-eyes-360-video-player/id551037018?mt=8

Free 360 VideoBall app for Android:
360 VideoBall:
https://itunes.apple.com/fi/app/id667843311?mt=8&affId=1860684
Kolor Eyes: Join Google+ group for a pre-release access:
https://plus.google.com/communities/108362026537279322932

Software developers Kolor and Finwe announce the launch of their new 360-degree video player for Android devices, named Kolor Eyes, featuring pixel-perfect 4k 360 video playback, multiple projections, and image effects. Press release: http://www.kolor.com/images/stories/press/press-releases/2014/20140225-kolor-eyes-android-beta-version.pdf