Strapping on a VR headset to watch a 360-degree video is a pretty wonderful use of modern technology. Combine that with live streaming video and you have the potential for some of the most compelling experiences, such as what Samsung gave to some football fans in Portugal recently. Sadly, the kind of equipment it takes to live stream an event in a VR-friendly format is fairly expensive and not generally accessible to your family and friends, meaning that you'll have to sit out birthday parties, hikes and the likes because you can't be there physically. A new product on Kickstarter is looking to change that, however. The EYSE is billed as a "personal WiFi 3D VR Camera for Real-Time Experiences". Bearing an enormous feature list and a fairly consumer-friendly price, EYSE looks to bring VR livestreaming to the masses.
Created by U.S. tech firm Vairdo, the EYSE is meant to be a rugged, customizable, affordable, feature-rich and simple VR camera that can livestream a rich 3D image that can be enjoyed via any VR hardware, such as the Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR or Google Cardboard. The unit sports dual 5 megapixel cameras covered in lenses that can be customized through various skins, ranging from clear skins that can be drawn and painted on to skins bearing an eerie resemblance to an actual eyeball. The camera housing itself can also be swapped out for different colored housing units, and a cluster of lights in the top of the housing can have their color changed on-demand from within the companion app. The camera is also rugged, with shock protection for drops and water resistance up to 1 meter, allowing the camera to operate underwater. The unit uses two removable 14,500 mAh li-ion batteries, which can be swapped out without turning the unit off and can be charged via a MicroUSB port at the back, also used for data transfer, and via any wireless induction charger, such as a standard Qi pad. EYSE is also GPS-enabled.
The camera is live on Kickstarter right now. The lowest-tier package that will net you a unit for $350, which includes the basic unit and a VR headset. $599 will get you a pro pack with a number of accessories, including a clip stand that can essentially allow the unit to act as a VR GoPro. $799 will get you the EYSE MAX package, with a dizzying array of lenses, sensors and accessories. For $1,499 or more, you can have 2 EYSE MAX packages or 3 EYSE pro packs, though that package is limited. For $2,999 or more, you can get 4 MAX packs or 6 pro packs, which may prove useful down the line; according to the campaign, the software roadmap includes plans to be able to link multiple units. Backers at this level will also get some additional features along those lines in the companion app.