YI Technologies, in collaboration with Google has unveiled the upcoming YI Horizon VR 180 Camera at CES 2018.
Google is currently focusing its attention on 180 video imaging over 360 video imaging for multiple reasons. And through those reasons, Google has partnered up with Yi Technologies to release a simplified 180 VR camera solution for consumers to use in their daily lives.
“We introduced VR 180 as a way to make capturing high quality, immersive photos and video easier for consumers and creators,” said Clay Bavor, vice president of Virtual Reality at Google. “YI’s camera has excellent image quality, as well as compelling features for creators like livestreaming and a preview display that will help make capturing in VR easier than ever before. We’re excited to see what consumers and creators are able to create and bring to virtual reality.”
YI Horizon VR 180 was developed to seamlessly integrate with YouTube and Google Photos so viewers can easily activate a VR experience when viewed with Google Cardboard, Daydream, PSVR, and a number of other certified VR viewers.
The YI Horizon VR 180 Camera is able to capture 3D videos in 5.7K resolution at 30 frames per second (fps). The camera also features instant in-device stitching and supports live streaming so creators and fans can be together in real time. People will also be able to view the recorded content in 2D.
YI Horizon VR180 Camera Specs:
• Capture stunning 5.7k resolution photos and video
• One-button live video streaming
• 2.2 inch, 640×360 retina touch screen
• Features Type-C USB port with HD speed data transmission
• Professional-grade 4 microphone design with outdoor noise reduction
• Easily manage photos and videos by using the VR 180 app by Google
• Compatible with YouTube and Google Photos
“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.”
The YI Horizon VR 180 Camera is set to release in Spring of 2018. The price is also not yet available but we expect it to be comparable with other VR 180 cameras on the market.