360 degree video content is becoming big business as virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMD) like the Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard start to take off with consumers. So the Think Tank Team, a research group within Samsung Research America has created ‘Project Beyond’, a 3D 360 degree omni-view camera, which VRFocus originally reported on last year. Project Beyond is now excepting sign-ups for those wishing to get involved with the project with early prototypes.
Project Beyond captures and streams video in high resolution 3D. It offers full 3D reconstruction in all directions, using stereo camera pairs (16 in total) combined with a top-view camera to capture independant left and right eye stereo pairs. The camera uses patent-pending stereoscopic interleaved capture and 3D aware stitching technology to capture the scene like the human eye. With the 17 cameras, Project Beyond processes over 35 mega-pixels per frame, collecting a gigapixel of 3D information per second which the software then knits into a real-time experience.
The camera currently isn’t ready to purchase, but any content captured with it, will be available to Gear VR users immediately. The videos being captured are only going to be available for the Gear VR, with no mention of any other HMD support yet.