The Hubblo VR is a budget minded (about $1000) 360 degree, stereoscopic camera system. I’m a huge VR advocate (don’t get me started about my gaming setup) and having so many hours of VR experiences led me to one thing:
VR Video NEEDS to be stereoscopic.
360 2D Video is boring and like being in a sphere with video projection. Not exciting, not as immersive. The problem is the technology hasn’t caught up to the point where a content creator has any affordable options to put out stereoscopic VR video. Most rigs are very expensive, rentals, or custom setups made by mad geniuses. And if you were to build a camera, you also have to design a post workflow to stitch it all together.
Enter Hubble VR. The system is an ‘all in one’ that has in total, six 200 degree cameras that can livestream 4K Stereoscopic at 30fps. Stitching is real time and it uses MicroSD as recording media. Hubblo VR seems very focused on the streaming aspect of the camera, which I don’t really care about but I am very interested in seeing some sample footage. I spend all day trying to get away from people, I don’t want to livestream your ugly mug in my Oculus headset.
So you might be wowing at the 4K, right? Remember that their 4K image viewed in VR is reduced down to…well.. lower. I’m not sure of the maths but in VR you are taking that 4K video, halving the resolution per eye due to the Side By Side stereo, and then wrapping it around 360 to create the final image you see in the headset.
image credit: 360rumors.blogspot.com
Either way, it is a cool little gadget that does 360, and more importantly, stereoscopic video for about $1000. And at that price, it’s pretty incredible.