Facebook Announces A 360-degree Video Capturing Camera

At the F8 Conference, Facebook announced its latest innovative hardware product, a video camera that can record 360-degree videos. Facebook ‘s video capturing system, named Facebook Surround 360, which includes a state-of-the-art futuristic looking video camera (actually a 17 camera bundle) and software system, is going to be open-sourced on Github sometime this summer.

Facebook is not the first one to introduce this hardware. Nikon and GoPro already have video cameras that can record 360-degree videos.

According to The Verge, it costs US$30,000 or more to build a room that can be used to record 360-videos using Facebook’s system, including the video camera.

From FB media:

A durable and high quality 3D-360 camera system is coming summer 2016.

 

We have created a durable 3D-360 camera system that produces 3D, truly spherical footage and includes stitching technology that seamlessly marries the video from 17 cameras, vastly reducing post-production effort and time.

Connecting through VR is an amazing, immersive experience, and we want to do our part to make sure more people have a chance to experience it in the future. With this in mind, we're open-sourcing the Facebook Surround 360 camera system to accelerate the growth of the 3D-360 ecosystem by enabling developers to leverage the designs and code, and content creators to build and tailor the camera for their own production needs. Both the camera design blueprint and stitching code will be made available on GitHub this summer for anyone to contribute to, build on top of, improve or distribute.