Virtual reality is no longer a sci-fi scenario, as tech giants are making big steps towards breaking the markets with new devices. On Thursday, the greatest tech company announced a series of improvements for a series of its projects, namely Google and GoPro bring virtual reality to masses, with an extended version of Google’s cardboard projects.
Soon we will be able to watch YouTube stored virtual reality, with the help of a special software that turns an average smartphone into a 3D viewing device fixed by a cheap cardboard frame. This way, Google brings VR to an extensive base of users, making it available for an affordable price, not limited to owners of expensive gadgets like Samsung VR or Facebook’s Oculus Rift.
The good news don’t stop here, as Google just partnered with GoPro, thus solving the missing piece of the puzzle for Virtual Reality. With the help of Google’s content and GoPro technology there will be enough content to make the headsets worthwhile. GoPro is on the final stages of developing a rig that will support 16 GoPro Hero 4 cameras with spherical footage capacity, allowing for content development dedicated to VR watchers.
The new GoPro is much different from the classic six camera spherical rig, previously announced for launch a bit later this year. This new VR technology punch has already impressed investors, with GoPro shares going up by nearly 7%.
The new 360 degree camera will be unveiled by GoPro in July, with no price settled for yet, and Google hosting the array’s so-dubbed Jump videos on the YouTube network. The first step towards developing the new visionary strategy is to visit about 1000 most beautiful places on earth with Cardoard, motivating people to capture events and places anywhere in virtual reality.
Google Cardboard is the cheapest and most simple way to bring VR to all of us, coming for a most affordable price and with a lot of opportunities. It can be described as an economically simple contraption, with a smartphone slipping into the front so it sits just inches from a user’s eyes and then peering through a pair of cheap plastic lenses that helps render the images on the phone’s screen in 3D.
The idea behind it was to develop an affordable VR device to allow everyone with a smartphone to do various entertaining things like flying through a Google Earth map of any place or view pictures in three dimensional reality.
For its part in the GoPro partnership, Google will use all its significant computing and technological capacities to take Jump videos uploaded on YouTube and massage each one so that there are no visual inconsistencies.
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