Behind Google’s New VR180 Cameras to Capture Panoramic Images



Google’s launches new cameras

At the CES 2018, Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Google unveiled two VR180 cameras—Mirage Camera and Mirage Solo—in partnership with Lenovo to offer a different way of taking 180-degree images.

Google designed its Mirage Camera to support the Mirage Solo headset, which is a wireless VR headset. The new cameras can capture three-dimensional 4K video that can be streamed on platforms such as YouTube and can be saved in Google Photos.

According to Zion Market Research, investment in the global VR industry can generate significant revenues, as the VR market is expected to grow to $26.9 billion by 2022.

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Mirage Solo’s features

Google’s Mirage Solo is a headset based on Google’s VR Daydream platform and offers enhanced picture quality as well as comfort and mobility for the user. The headset will have a 5.5-inch LCD powered by Qualcomm’s (QCOM) Snapdragon 835 VR platform and will be priced at around $400.

Unlike Sony’s (SNE) PlayStation, Facebook’s (FB) Oculus Rift, or Vive VR headsets, Mirage Solo will not have additional sensors. Mirage Solo is expected to fully capture real-world movement into digital format via Google’s WorldSense software. The company stated that the product would begin shipping in 2Q18.

Mirage Camera’s features 

The Mirage Camera will be compatible with the Mirage Solo headsets, and it will capture 180-degree images and make 3D videos for content creators. Until now, 3D video was taken from 360-degree cameras, which were complicated to use and required significant bandwidth.

The VR180 cameras appear to be more user-friendly, as the pictures taken with these cameras have smaller file sizes. Also, content streaming would also require less bandwidth than 360-degree cameras.


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