Googles new VR180 Gets its First Two Cameras

Last year Google announced it's VR180 format to help people relieve their memories. Instead of giving the viewer a full 360 degrees like a typical VR experience, Google thinks 180 degrees field of view might be more useful for people to record their everyday lives as it's more in line how humans actually see. To quote them:

"Virtual reality helps creators bring their audiences to new, amazing, 
and even impossible-to-visit places. As a viewer, you get a whole new 
angle on shows, sports, and concerts you care about. You can walk 
around the Eiffel Tower, dive to the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef, 
or get a new perspective by meeting people face-to-face in a way that 
isn't possible with a flat view of the world.

We know that virtual reality videos can be really powerful, which is why 
we have invested in supporting 360 and VR formats for over two years. 
And today, VR video is the most popular way to experience VR. But, 
we've heard from creators and viewers who want to make and see even 
more immersive videos on YouTube. So, we've been working with Google's 
Daydream team on a brand new video format, called VR180, that we 
believe will make VR content even easier to create.

VR180 videos focus on what's in front of you, are high resolution, and look 
great on desktop and on mobile. They transition seamlessly to a VR experience 
when viewed with Cardboard, Daydream, and PSVR, which allow you to view 
the images stereoscopically in 3-D, where near things look near, and far things 
appear far. VR180 also supports livestreaming videos so creators and fans can be together in real time."

Last week at CES both Lenovo and Yi announced their first entries into the world of VR180 cameras. The Lenovo Mirage Camera has two 13 megapixel fisheye lenses that in Lenovo's own words "provide twice the resolution of 360." The YI Horizon can capture 3D video in 5.7K resolution at 30 frames per second. 

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Even though the Lenovo boasts impressive specs like:

  • WiFi and LTE model, 
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor with 
  • 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage expandable via microSD. A 
  • 2,200 mAh battery promises two hours of general usage with charging over USB-C. 
No word on official release date or pricing except they should both hit the market sometime this spring and that the Lenovo Mirage should be under $300. 

Source:  GOOGLE & 9to5 GOOGLE