Facebook Surround 360

Posted April 13, 2016 by Conor Burke in News

At Facebook’s annual global developer conference yesterday, Facebook showed their commitment to help further content on their platform when they introduced a brand new camera capable of capturing 3D 360-degree footage called the “Surround 360”.

Facebook who also own Oculus, are going to release the software and plans for the camera free online this summer and both will be available through GitHub. An open source platform will help drive the growth of the system and in turn provide more content available for VR.

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‘Surround 360’ which is packed full with 17 cameras, 3 of these are fisheye cameras with one pointing up and two pointing down and an impressive 14 around the circumference. Facebook say it offers up to 8k resolution for each eye. The unit is shaped like the old spin tops and is made out of aluminium and the design helps provide hours of recording without the cameras overheating.

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The stitching software made available will drastically reduce post-production time using “computational imagine algorithms that will stitch all the images together”. The output which can be viewed by Gear VR or the Oculus Rift.

The camera will not come cheap at a whopping $30,000 but still won’t be the most expensive 360-camera on the market.

Check out the official page here and for anyone wanting more details can check the Facebook blog on the camera  here.

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