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PanaCast Updates VR Conferencing Technology with Stereoscopic 3D

Altia Systems has announced the PanaCast 3D VR Kit at the Intel Capital Global Summit. The PanaCast 3D VR Kit expands the PanaCast portfolio, which includes PanaCast 2 and the PanaCast VR mode, which allows for Panoramic-4K 2D immersive videos. This new addition will bring stereoscopic 3D creation tools to live virtual reality (VR) streaming.

PanaCast VR 3D Kit

The PanaCast 3D VR kit offers fully stitched stereoscopic 3D video available for instant viewing through almost all popular stereoscopic 3D players. It can be enjoyed on smartphones with the Google Cardboard and other HMDs, as well as high-end HMDs. On an HMD, the experience resembles what one would see on a cinema screen.

In August, the company announced availability of the VR mode for PanaCast 2, enabling outdoor or live-action 2D immersive content creation. The PanaCast 3D VR kit extends that capability to stereoscopic 3D 4K content creation, capturing real-time, live action videos with 3840 x 2160 pixels/ frame. By providing fully stitched content in real time, with 4K resolution, with a portable device, the PanaCast 3D VR Kit extends the reach of 3D content to industrial and commercial applications such as news reports, medical applications, education, virtual home and store tours, tourism, entertainment, etc.

“PanaCast 3D enables natural depth perception with a responsive system which mimics the human field-of-view. Our eyes provide synchronous visual information to our brain and enable depth perception based on the inter-pupillary separation between our two eyes. In this binocular arrangement, each PanaCast 2 functions as an electronic eye,” said Yash Gupta, Director of Engineering for Camera Systems Development at Altia Systems.

The ability to preview videos in real time with a “what you see is what you get” view allows consumers and professionals alike to record and share content with point-and-shoot simplicity. The fully stitched 3D content can be recorded and uploaded immediately without spending time and money on post-production techniques and proprietary stitching software. Sharing is made simple as the kit produces videos with live preview support and can be used by any broadcast app, such as Wirecast, Facebook Live or YouTube 360.

PanaCast VR 3D Kit

Aurangzeb Khan, President and CEO of Altia Systems, commented, “People love an immersive experience and when technology delivers something akin to how we see and experience the world, it’s breathtaking and memorable. Consumers like to buy easy-to-use devices that let them produce and share exceptional content. PanaCast 3D enables them to do all this in a simple, familiar way.”

The PanaCast 3D VR Kit is priced at $2,795 USD and is available now for early adopters, with general availability in Q1 2017. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on the PanaCast 3D VR Kit and other products in Altia Systems’ PanaCast line.