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Drones

Exo360 drone shoots VR content on the fly

There's a few of them around already and plenty more on the way, but you do feel the whole 360-degree video camera thing is just getting started. Still, that's no reason you can't fit the technology to a flying robot to try and take VR content creation to the next level. The Exo360 drone carries five 4K cameras that gather aerial footage in all directions, before stitching the clips together into 360-degree video for immersive viewing on popular VR headsets.Read More

YouTube immerses viewers in 360-degree live video

Having introduced the ability for users to live stream video back in 2011 and support for 360-degree videos last year, YouTube has now brought the two together. 360-degree live video is aimed at putting viewers one step closer to actually being there in person.Read More

Digital Cameras

Facebook builds its dream virtual reality video camera, and gives the design away for free

One observant media executive noted that Uber, the world's largest taxi company, owns no cars. AirBnb, the largest accomodation provider, owns no real estate and Facebook, the most popular media owner, creates no content. The social media giant looks unlikely to change tack as it forges ahead with its grand vision for virtual reality, but it does want to have a hand in the tools to bring it to us. Announced today, Facebook's Surround 360 is a 17-lens 3D-360-degree video capture system that looks like a spaceship and produces VR content on the fly, but its most impressive feature? The design and software is entirely open-source. Read More

Digital Cameras

Samsung expands its view with all-seeing Gear 360 video camera

With virtual reality headsets from the likes of Oculus, Sony and HTC set to launch in the coming months, 360-degree cameras, too, are starting to come in from all directions. At this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung has announced its first foray into the immersive video content creator space with a spherical shooter that shuttles 360-degree video straight to the smartphone.Read More

Home Entertainment

Theatre Box portable speaker fills a room with 360-degree 3D surround sound

Ordinarily, if you want to get the 3D surround sound experience, you have to carefully set up several speakers within a room. Even then, there's one specific "sweet spot" where the effect is most pronounced. According to California-based electronics company Acemile, however, that's not the case with its new Theater Box portable wireless speaker. Just one of the speakers is reportedly capable of filling a 2,000 sq ft (186 sq m) room with 360-degree 3D surround sound, that sounds equally good from any location. Read More

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