Facebook unveils a new 360-degree video camera2016-04-13 03:17 by Daniela
Facebook has unveiled its 360-degree state-of-the-art camera, called Surround 36. The company won't be selling it, but instead plans to release both the camera's hardware designs and the complex software inside it as an open-source project on GitHub later this year.
Shaped like a flying saucer, Facebook Surround 360 is made up of 17 cameras and uses Facebook's proprietary algorithms to automatically stitch the images together. Facebook says the design solves a variety of technical problems with 360-degree video capture better than anything now on the market, and is encouraging manufacturers and hobbyists to use its designs to build cameras of their own.
The device can work for "many hours" without overheating, and exports video in resolution up to 8K. It can be viewed on Gear VR, Oculus, and inside the Facebook app, among other places.
Facebook engineers spent $30,000 buying the raw materials for the camera. The company says volume buys and tweaking of the formula could bring the costs down.
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