“it quietly spins a brisk trade in prosumer digital cameras.” Last time I checked Ricoh an obscure little “prosumer” brand called Pentax.
Japanese imaging specialist Ricoh has spun off its 360° camera team into a new company called Vecnos. The new outfit, which boasts the same core team behind the Ricoh Theta 360 camera line, already has a first product in the works: a pen-shaped 360° camera that looks a bit like the neuralyzer from Men In Black. Details are …
HEY! that was my idea! :O
well, my idea was to put a 360 degree camera on a drone and stream back a gyro-corrected photosphere so no matter how crazy you flew it you could look around you and see EVERYWHERE at once and it would keep up UP and so you could fly it from VR and literally control it by being all flight-of-the-navigator with hand gestures and stuff.
I've got a jetson nano and a couple mipi cams, literally just have to strap it to a drone now and figure out how to do the cuda stuff to seamlessly make a photosphere then gstreamer nvenc encode it and spurt it out through wifi packets along with what the ims things is the up vector and it's almost DONE!
Damned big pen. Reminds me of a freebie laser pointer/USB stick/pen I got years ago from the CheckPoint stand at a tech show - back in the day when handing out free USB sticks wasn't seen as so much of a security nightmare. Must dig that out again; I kept it because it was so... useful.
" ...most social media sites don't support the kind of immersive footage Vecnos's gear will ultimately produce."
That isn't the point - the benefit of a 360 camera is you can do stupid things with it, with with moving any way you like, then create a stable video feed from it afterwards. Most of the drops that the How Ridiculous crew do are accompanied by a 360 camera on a tether, so the virtual camera can track whatever it needs to. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5f5IV0Bf79YLp_p9nfInRA
It looked like something else... Something the wife would keep in the bedside table kind of thing. Would give a fascinating view but it doesn't mention if it's waterproof which might scupper things.
Mines the dirty mac with the Japanese specialist interests book in the pocket.
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