Google collaborates with GoPro for virtual reality

Array of GoPro cameras and Google’s Jump software to be tested for shooting 3D virtual reality videos

Photo by: GoPro
Photo by: GoPro

Updated Jul 28, 2015

GoPro and Google announced the development a virtual reality system including 16 cameras and the internet company’s software at Google’s I/O conference in San Francisco on Thursday.

The array, containing 16 GoPro Hero4 cameras, will be able to shoot 360-degree HD video at once using Google’s Jump Software.

“The array solves the many challenges that the pro community faces when it comes to capturing panoramic content,” GoPro said in a statement.

“Google and GoPro’s integrated solution will help to eliminate some of their biggest pain points: camera syncing and high speed connectivity are two of the biggest.”

The system will include GoPro’s camera array, a rendering engine and a virtual reality player. The video captured by the cameras will be rendered into a 360-degree virtual reality video display with the depth of a 3D video by the Jump software.

The Google and GoPro system will be made available in July for just six months and only to some content creators exclusively chosen by Google.

The shares of the wearable camera company, best known for its helmet and body-mounted products, rose 6.6 percent, while Google’s shares remained unchanged following the announcement.

TRTWorld and agencies