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Facebook F8 conference 2016: Facebook Surround 360 open-source VR camera announced for $30,000

Facebook announced a gorgeous looking, open-source 360-degree VR camera at the F8 developer conference. It is priced at a whopping $30,000.

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Today, at the F8 developer conference, Facebook unveiled the ‘Surround 360,’ an open source VR camera. With the VR camera, Facebook aims to get 360-degree video on News Feed and VR content on Oculus Rift. Resembling a UFA, the surround 360 is a reference design for high-end video capture system with 17-lens 3D VR camera. The social media giant plans to release it on GitHub as an open-source project. Also Read - Top 5 WhatsApp features expected to roll out soon

The rig has 14 wide-angle cameras, one fish-eye camera on the top and two at the bottom. It can shoot high-quality footage in 4K, 6K and even in 8K resolution. This will allow the camera to capture the surroundings without showing the pole that holds the camera. Also Read - WhatsApp could soon release Message Reactions, Reaction Notifications features soon

The cameras on the Facebook Surround 360, along with web-based software can capture images in 360 degrees and automatically render them. Its design solves a lot of technical problems incurred in capturing 360-degree videos, and is better than the ones available on the market. While Facebook won’t be selling the camera, it wants hobbyists and manufacturers to use reference designs and build their own cameras. Also Read - Using Instagram to connect with friends? Beware! Your chats may be at risk

The camera is portable and easy to carry from one place to the other. The parts of the camera can be bought for $30,000 (approximately Rs 1,900,000).

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  • Published Date: April 13, 2016 12:15 AM IST



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