Even before a true consumer release has arrived, virtual reality (VR) is moving far beyond videogames. VR photos and video are likely to play just as large a role in the technology’s future, and Google understands that perfectly well. Today the company had announced Google Jump, a brand new concept that makes huge improvements to real life VR content.
Announced at Google’s I/O developer conference today, Google Jump aims to put professional tools in the hands of those that couldn’t obtain them before. The system consists of an open design camera rig, an assembler that can turn raw footage into VR video, and a player to view it all on. Clay Bavor, VP Product Management revealed that the camera rig can be made out of any material, featuring optimised geometry. Plans for this system will go live this summer. The company has also teamed up with GoPro for a 360 camera array that uses 16 GoPro cameras.
The assembler section allows footage from these 16 cameras to be turned into stereoscopic VR video and even features parallax for more immersive content. As for the viewer, Google has announced that YouTube will be the service that players view VR content through. Functionality will be implemented in the near future.
VRFocus will continue to follow Google’s work in VR, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.