Bug-eyed camera streams real-time 3D video
By now, just about everyone is familiar with video cameras that record in 3D, or that transmit traditional 2D footage. Vairdo's new EYSE actioncam, however, is actually capable of live-streaming high-definition 3D video. This means that one person can wear the camera while performing activities such as skiing, allowing someone else to view their immersive first-person footage as it's being shot.
The GPS-equipped camera itself is shock-absorbent, waterproof (depending on the model), and incorporates two 5-MP lenses. These capture stereoscopic video, which is transmitted from the camera via Wi-Fi to the recipient's smartphone. That phone can be mounted in a third-party VR headset, letting the user get the full 3D effect.
Utilizing mobile networks, it should soon even be possible for the shooter and the viewer to be located in different parts of the world.
A two-way audio feature means that not only can recipients hear what the camera is shooting through its mic, but they can also talk to the shooter via a speaker in the device. This lets it be used sort of like a telepresence unit, allowing remotely-located viewers to see what's going on, and converse with the people who are taking part in it.
Footage can also be recorded for later playback, plus it can even be saved in plain ol' 2D format if desired. Power comes from two removable 1,200-mAh li-ion batteries, which should provide two hours of continuous operation when streaming.
If you're interested in getting an EYSE of your own, it's currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. A pledge of US$349 will get you a Basic model if all goes according to plans – its estimated retail price is $699. The camera is demo'd in the following video.