Palo Alto, CA—YI Technology, a provider of intelligent imaging technologies, in collaboration with Google’s Virtual Reality (VR) team, introduced its YI Horizon VR180 camera. The stereoscopic 3D camera was developed to leverage Google’s new VR180 format. It is designed to give users an easy way to capture high-resolution, immersive video.
“We introduced VR180 as a way to make capturing high-quality, immersive photos and video easy for consumers and professional creators,” said Clay Bavor, vice president of VR at Google. “YI’s camera has amazing image quality. It also has features we think will be compelling for creators like live streaming and a preview display. We’re excited to see what consumers and creators are able to capture and bring to virtual reality.”
The YI Horizon VR180 seamlessly integrates with YouTube and Google Photos. Viewers can activate a VR experience when viewed with Google Cardboard, Daydream, PSVR and a number of other certified VR viewers. They can also view the content in 2D.
With a sleek design, the dual-lens camera captures 3D video in 5.7K resolution at 30 frames per second (fps). The camera also features instant in-device stitching. Moreover, it supports live streaming so creators and fans can be together in real time.
“We truly believe that it should be easy for everyone to create and share virtual reality experiences,” said Sean Da, CEO of YI Technology.
“Whether it is to demonstrate a makeup tutorial or share rich experiences from a recent trip with friends and loved ones, the YI Horizon VR180 camera provides an easy and deeply engaging way to capture many of life’s most special moments. When the opportunity to work closely with Google’s VR team on this initiative presented itself, it was a no-brainer given the team’s extraordinary commitment to defining the future of VR experiences and extensive investment in the YouTube VR180 format. We believe the YI Horizon VR180 camera will bring endless amounts of joy to all that use the device.”
Other YI Horizon VR180 Features
The YI Horizon also features an Ambarella H2V95 chipset; one-button live video streaming; and a 2.2 inch, 640×360 retina touch-screen LCD that flips out for selfies. Its Type-C USB port provides HD speed data transmission, and a professional-grade, four microphone design offers outdoor noise reduction.
In addition, Horizon shooters have the ability to manage photos and videos by using the VR180 app by Google. And the camera is compatible with YouTube and Google Photos.
The YI Horizon VR180 camera is expected to ship in spring 2018, with pricing to follow. yitechnology.com