A few unexpected guests drop by for the holidays: the Jaunt VR camera and Samsung Gear VR headset kit
Wired’s holiday gift guide (here) has a few surprises for VR aficionados—most impressively, what appears to be a new prototype of the Jaunt, a 360º camera that is currently under development by Bay Area startup Jaunt VR to capture video that can be viewed in virtual reality.
Why not bring your own movies to the VR revolution? The Jaunt VR is built for capturing footage to view on an Oculus Rift. It packs 28 cameras—20 around its perimeter, four on the top, and four on the bottom—capturing 3.5 gigapixels per second. A four-capsule microphone rig captures a sphere of sound. You have to “know somebody” to get one (pricing and availability aren’t final) but it does exist. Work that Rolodex
Another find from the same catalog is the Gear VR, Samsung’s entry into the VR market, which YouRift author Matthew Terndrup spotted at a Best Buy in Los Angeles earlier this year.
While everyone else waits for the official Oculus Rift facetainment system to roll out, you can spend $500 to get a slice of the future. Samsung’s hardware ($200 for the Gear VR facemask and $300 for the Galaxy Note 4 inside it) has an Oculus store on the system that lets you download content directly to your face
h/t Road to VR