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- Dec 30, 2010
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The folks at PhoneArena posted a couple of videos online showing closeups of Google's new Jump platform. In case you missed it, Google Jump is their team-up with GoPro to create a specialized camera system to facilitate better VR experiences with Google Cardboard and YouTube.
We shared a tidbit about this yesterday in our Google I/O partial roundup. Here's a quote from the folks at PhoneArena with more of the details on this interesting product from Google and GoPro,
The “magic” is two-fold. Google’s handy work is on the processing of video from the cameras so they are properly “stitched.” GoPro’s handy work is in the video recording and synchronization of the cameras. Once the final video is loaded in to YouTube, a user with Cardboard can load the video and take a VR experience through the video environment, 360 degrees in all directions.
We got to try some of initial videos on display through Cardboard and for such a simple set-up, the result is remarkable. If anything, this proves that virtual reality does not need to be an expensive endeavor for consumers of content (why pay $200 for Samsung Gear VR when you can buy Cardboard for $20 or build one yourself?). Cardboard supports iOS this year as well.
As for the GoPro cameras and the hardware, that part is quite a bit more high-end. That would also explain why Google is only making it available to “select” content producers initially before blowing the doors open on the project. What this will also ultimately introduce are new methods of video editing, because, how common is 360-degree video editing nowadays? Once Jump becomes more mainstream, this could bring forth a new dimension of DIY content so common on YouTube.