Social Media giant Facebook ever since spending a whopping $2 billion on the acquisition of VR pioneer company Oculus has set its sights firmly on Virtual Reality. And now the social media major is leaving no stone un-turned to deliver its users the best of VR content for its upcoming VR Oculus Rift Headset.
And to justify its venture, Facebook at its Annual F8 developer conference announced its very own 360 degree VR camera bot known as surround 360 which is equipped with 14 wide angle high definition resolution cameras along the spherical edge and two fish-eye cameras on the bottom and one on top. Thus, Facebook’s surround 360 camera bot has 17 cameras and will be launched for hefty price of $30,000 in competition to Go Pro’s 3D Omni camera.
Facebook is reportedly outsourcing the hardware and software to stitch the multiple cameras to produce single 3D and 360 VR video. Also, Facebook is aiming the hardware for professional filmmakers.
Facebook after capturing the market for VR headsets has now taken a huge step to conquer the currently cluttered market for 360 degree VR content cameras competing with pros such as Google and Go Pro who have earlier released video stitching cloud devices to support more intelligent content for VR headsets.
Joining the league are Samsung and Nokia where Samsung announced a professional hand held 360 degree camera to be called Gear 360 for capturing 3D content and to hit the consumer market. On the other hand Nokia too released its $60,000 worth Ozo 360 Degree 3D camera.
Facebook has surely developed a niche for recognizing budding business genres and opportunities to give its audiences the best that there is to look forward to in the coming future.