Samsung Broadcasts “Undertaking Past,” A Digital camera For Capturing Footage For Digital Actuality

Samsung Announces “Project Beyond,” A Camera For Capturing Footage For Virtual Reality

At its developer convention this morning, Samsung introduced “Undertaking Past,” a digital camera constructed to seize 3D footage to be used with Samsung’s Gear VR headset.

The gadget has sixteen particular person excessive-definition cameras organized as a disc. Collectively, they seize a gigapixel — or 25 gigabits of knowledge — each second. On stage, Samsung confirmed how VR lets individuals reside-stream footage from cameras situated anyplace with an honest wi-fi connection, letting a Gear VR wearer go searching at a seashore.

Probably the most thrilling prospect for such seize isn’t only one individual seeing a seashore that their good friend is visiting. It’s letting hundreds or hundreds of thousands of individuals share in massive, historic moments, sporting occasions, or live shows on the similar time. The Undertaking Past digital camera strikes towards that future, letting a number of customers go searching on the scene captured by the digital camera with out interrupting others’ experiences.

Samsung didn’t give a strong launch date or worth. In the identical presentation, they talked about that there shall be new, improved Gear VR headsets for future Galaxy smartphones, so it’ll doubtless come as soon as we see a flagship or two truly launch with a headset someday subsequent yr.

Replace: I received to check out a demo after Samsung’s keynote with the Gear VR headset and a number of other Venture Past cameras situated in a number of totally different places. Whereas the Galaxy Observe four show powering the headset has a excessive decision for a smartphone, there was nonetheless a noticeable “display door” impact (you’ll be able to see the pixels once they’re actually near your face). This detracted from the seashore scene I noticed, although the view inside a Samsung workplace with individuals strolling round was actually spectacular. There’s little or no lag and an unimaginable sense of area even if you’ll be able to’t transfer round, an excellent signal for the sporting/musical occasion use instances I discussed above.