Virtual reality (VR) video becomes a more serious proposition by the week, with new VR movies being revealed regularly. So far those that have wanted to experience VR video using the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) have had to download the content first. Condition One’s Zero Point, for example, is a movie bought and downloaded through Valve’s digital PC videogame store, Steam. Now vcemo wants to change all of that, offering the first VR web and phone based streaming platform for 360 degree video content.
This week sees the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for the vcemo platform, hoping to raise $34,500 USD by 17th December 2014 to aid its development. Should the campaign prove successful then the company will deliver a Youtube-like website and app in which users can stream VR content using the Oculus Rift on PC or smartphone-based HMDs. Crucially users will be able to upload their own VR content that has been filmed using one of a wide variety of 360 degree cameras ranging from professional rigs such as Jaunt to consumer-level devices like the bublcam.
It is vcemo’s intention to release apps on iOS and Android operating systems (OS) so that devices such as Samsung’s Gear VR, Google Cardboard, Durovis Dive and more will offer VR streaming on a smartphone. The company also hopes to add compatibility for HMDs such as the Project Morpheus on PlayStation 4 and Avegant Glyph within time. Videos aim to be cross-platform, meaning they will work on any HMD no matter how they are shot and developed.
The vcemo site itself plans to be navigable with a standard mouse but also the Leap Motion hand-tracking controller as well as the head-tracking technology found with HMDs. The company even hopes to offer users the chance to sell their content, making it viable to host full VR movies on the platform along with Youtube-style smaller videos. Companies such as Panocam 3d, Intrepid 360, Jumpgate VR and OKIO-studio are all reportedly interested in using the service.
A variety of backer rewards are available for those interested in vcemo. A $10 pledge will allow users to secure a spot for their own 360 degree video while $25 will make you a part of the platform’s beta testing period, which is expected to start in January 2015. Backer rewards continue up to $5,000 in which five slots are available to join the vcemo board as an advisor.
VRFocus will continue to follow vcemo’s progress, reporting back with any further updates on the platform.