Facebook Unveils Two New Volumetric Video ‘Surround360’ Cameras, Coming Later this Year. I’m going off to figure out why they qualify as ‘volumetric’ – I’ll be right back.
OK, I got the answer, they are volumetric, here’s why.
Facebook today announced two new Surround360 cameras. These hardware initiatives are poised to make facebook 360 videos more immersive. And they are volumetric as they can see – depth!
Unveiled at the company’s yearly developer conference, F8, the so-called x24 and x6 cameras are said to capture 360 videos with added “depth information” giving captured video six degrees of freedom (6DoF).
This means you can not only move your vantage point up/down, left/right like before, but now forwards/backward, pitch, yaw, and roll are possible while in a 360 video.
Even the best stereoscopic 360 video cannot go backward and forward, so the idea of a small, robust camera(s) that can record volumetric data, is exciting, especially when you’re in the immersive worlds of positional / motion tracking capabilities of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or PSVR.