It’s no secret that Facebook has gone all-in on virtual reality. But if you had, for just a moment, lost sight of that fact its new ‘Surround 360’ camera should put things back into perspective for you.
Today at F8, Facebook announced its Surround 360 camera, a 17-lens 3D VR rig that looks like ‘Gravitron‘ but shoots top-notch 360 degree video. All told, its 17 4-megapixel lenses can shoot in resolution up to 8k and each individual layer acts as a built-in heatsink.
Surround 360 requires almost zero of the post-production effort of most VR rigs, assuming you’re willing to do a little work upfront and shell out the $30,000 for parts.
The rig is actually comparable to Google’s ‘Jump’ project, but we’re lacking a few details to determine which would be the better bargain.