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Since we have more people into VR than ever, I thought it'd be worth having a general VR thread for sharing news / tech updates relating to VR holistically.

 

Here's something cool I saw this morning, "walk around" VR video.. nice! The catch? 3gb per FRAME. Sheesh.

 

 

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how does it work? obviously normally a fixed camera records the scene and you can look 360 but if they lean to side how can they see what is behind the barrel moving? how many cameras were recording and is it a merge of footage from multiple cameras at multiple points?
 

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Here's something else interesting I saw recently. Eyetribe are a small company specialising in eye tracking devices/software.   They've managed to integrate their product into Gear VR, looks neat. 

 

 

 

oculus have apparently acquired them, which hopefully means eyetracking / foveated rendering are a lot closer than some people imagined.

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Panasonic VR headset prototype with a 220 degree fov.  Is has additional screens/lenses to deliver peripheral vision, haven't watched it yet but allegedly these are at lower quality as you're not really able to look directly as the far extremes.  It has no headphones, instead vibrating the bone next to your ear to deliver audio.  

 

 

Hands on impressions aren't brilliant, but it's cool to see so many people going for it in terms of development of the tech. 

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On 05/01/2017 at 09:09, Clipper said:

how does it work? obviously normally a fixed camera records the scene and you can look 360 but if they lean to side how can they see what is behind the barrel moving? how many cameras were recording and is it a merge of footage from multiple cameras at multiple points?
 

 

Using multiple cameras for sure. Then, I'd imagine, they're using that information to extract a point cloud, using the point cloud to create geometry and then reprojecting the images back onto the geometry. I doubt it's all automated, particularly the point cloud to geo step as that's rarely reliable and generally always needs manual cleanup. 

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That Vietnam video is amazing. 3GB per frame! So assuming 24fps, a 2-minute film trailer would run to.... 9 TB!

And a typical feature film to half a Petabyte. Blimey.

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