Fellow editor Kevin Carbotte keeps calling 2015 the Year of VR, and I think he’s right.
At the Google I/O conference, Google has announced Google Jump, a new technology that will stitch together input from a camera array to allow for an easier way to film VR. The demonstrated array features 16 GoPro cameras arranged in a circle, which Google rep Clay Bavor says can work with any material, even cardboard.
So, why does this interest us here at AYBOnline?
Well, sixteen GoPro cameras is about $6,400, give or take. Assuming extra cash for Jump itself, plus overhead costs, that’s still well under $10,000… which is very Kickstarter-able.
In short, indie VR just got a huge shot in the arm. Want to see what The Chinese Room can do with VR filming? Or Supergiant? I know I do.
We’ll keep following this as the Google I/O conference continues.