During Google IO 2015 back at the end of May, Google unveiled they would be working with GoPro on bringing 360 degree video technology to the market so people could make some truly awesome 360 degree videos for full VR immersion. The setup was comprised of 16 GoPro Hero 4 cameras all linked together in a contraption built by Google called the Jump VR array, which was basically a giant wheel that housed the cameras next to one another in a circle shape, allowing each one to capture a different frame of the full 360 degree view. The Jump VR array would also be capable of piecing each camera’s video together with one another to make the full 360 degree video.
At the end of June Google began signups to find people who were interested in helping them test the technology, but today Google and GoPro are announcing the official name of the unit, called Odyssey, and that anyone who is interested can get a chance at being part of the newly announced early access program. If you’re lucky enough to be considered for the program, you’ll need $15,000 to pony up for the Odyssey unit before you can begin making some hopefully really cool and creative VR films.
There are only so many of the Odyssey units available so anyone who is interested in purchasing one will have to sign up just like before, and for $15,000 you’ll end up getting the 16 Hero 4 cameras from GoPro which totals about $8,000, the rig created by Google to hold them all, the “bacpac” units which connect the cameras, 16 microSD cards with 64GB of storage each (one for each camera), and the needed cables for connecting everything to a computer later on. GoPro is even throwing in a strong travel case made by Pelican to transport the entire Odyssey rig so those who end up getting one won’t have to worry about damaging things should the case be dropped. Those who want to sign up can do so by filling out the form located at the source, and this includes individuals who live in the U.S. as well as Canada. Although these units will be quite pricey, it should end up producing some pretty interesting content.