360 Designs will be debuting their new Flying EYE at Las Vegas’s NAB 2017, which commences this Saturday, April 22. Flying EYE is the first live VR drone with 6K streaming capabilities and is the first professional-level VR drone to ever come to market. Flying Eye can wirelessly stream live broadcast-quality 360 content to YouTube, Facebook, or any VR headset at a range over five miles.
Using a custom wireless transmission system – Breeze™ – developed exclusively by 360 Designs, live VR streams can be broadcast anywhere in the world in ultra-high quality. The technology gives viewers the sense of flying “like a bird” as they hover above sporting, news, and music events. Flying EYE marks a major advancement in live streaming video technology.
“We wanted to create a broadcast quality live 360 drone platform for professionals, so they can create stunning live VR productions, with or without the drone in shot,” said Alx Klive, CEO of 360 Designs. “The sky is no longer the limit.”
- 6K 360 Video – High-quality wireless video system offers near uncompressed, low latency (<1sec), broadcast-grade 6K video.
- Long Range – Astonishing wireless streaming video range, over 5 miles.
- Best-in-class 360 Camera – Designed to carry the company’s popular Mini EYE 3 camera, Flying EYE is also compatible with other 3-camera, HDMI or SDI-based VR rigs.
- Automated Live Stitching – The company’s proprietary Breeze 6K wireless transmission system pairs with an integrated live stitching system, removing the need to stitch 360 video footage later. The system can also be used for live 2D wireless transmission, at greater than UHD resolution.
- Broadcast Standards – Professional-grade 6G SDI output (4K), 6K NDI, or, 6K H.265 (HEVC).
- Fully Customizable – Each system can be custom-built and tailored to the needs of the customer.
- Reliable Drone Platform – Uses the popular DJI Matrice 600 Series commercial UAV.
- Single Operator – Can be operated by one person, no camera positioning is needed with 360 video.
The ‘Flying Eye’ package is aimed at professionals with a price point starts at $75,000. According to their latest press release Flying EYE is “perfect for 360 video, the system has applications for traditional TV broadcasting, with the company recently demonstrating how it is possible to extract a zoomable, pannable 2D high-definition feed, from live 360 footage. With studio-grade camera sensors and a broadcast-standard SDI/NDI workflow, technical directors, DP’s, and VR supervisors can be assured of the highest-quality live image, and an easy-to-integrate system.” The target audience for this equipment is definitely those who want to capture high quality aerial footage.