Samsung has announced a new 360-degree video camera module in order to create virtual reality worlds for wearers of its Gear VR headset.
The camera, christened Project Beyond, was announced at the Korean tech firm’s 2014 Developer Conference.
It will enable users to capture full 360-degree video in 3D, meaning Gear VR owners will instantly be able to jump into worlds captured by the camera.
It'll contain 16 full HD cameras, high speed connectivity, ultra-wide angle lenses, a top camera and a verstiile mount, all packed within a portable package.
Samsung says the module would be able to live stream footage, allowing Gear VR users to see whatever the camera sees, in real time, from any angle.
The Project Beyond camera would also be able to record footage, allowing for the virtual reality experience to be joined at a later date.
The portable camera module has already been carted around San Francisco (of course) and a few other locations within the state of California. That footage will be made available to owners of the Gear VR headset, which goes on sale in the US next month.
The newsworthy announcement certainly raises the stakes for Samsung’s VR plans and this seems like a major development in the virtual realty realm.
More details will surely emerge in due time, but Project Beyond definitely seems like one to watch. Is the era where we can go anywhere at any time almost upon us?
Via: The Verge