Just as Samsung finally starts to introduce its 2D 360 degree camera, Gear 360, a new challenger has popped up, offering 3D livestreaming for VR.
Vairdo has launched a Kickstarter campaign for EYSE, a new handheld device that can record content in stereoscopic 3D for viewing in a smartphone-based HMD. The kit boasts two HD, 5 mega-pixel cameras on one end, with the rest of the device essentially comprised of a handle. Vairdo hasn’t confirmed what kind of field of view the kit offers, though don’t expect it to capture a full 360 degrees. It does, however, feature livestreaming and bi-directional audio recording to keep sound consistent with sight in VR.
Key to EYSE’s approach is its customisation options. With upgradeable extras, you can even improve the cameras to 13 mega-pixel ones as well as attach it to mounts and include GPS tracking so others can follow its location. Contact films and covers are also interchangeable to give your recordings filters, and you can even draw on the caps with a removable marker. You can also mount the device to a drone, and its rugged design will allow for filming underwater.
EYSE has lofty Kickstarter goals, though, despite a campaign that largely markets towards kids. Vairdo wants to raise some $250,000 for the product, and an early bird basic set starts at $349, with the MSRP set for a staggering $699. There are two more packages prepared; a $599 PRO set (MSRP $1099) with a range of accessories including mounts and a travel case, and a $799 MAX kit (MSRP $1499) that includes a lens pack and an upgraded VR HMD among other things. It’s not clear what exactly makes this HMD so much better than the one offered in other bundles.
Shipping is set to start in October 2016. We all want to see 3D capture quickly made accessible for the VR market, but will the high price hold EYSE back? Gear 360 may not be offering stereoscopic content, but its pricing seems far more appropriate for today’s market.