Wednesday, February 8, 2017 —
Virtual Reality is hot. But those who have tried the apps, games and videos are often hungry for more. Prophets takes things one step further with its high-tech VR on-demand-kit, which enables people wearing VR goggles to participate in real stories, in real time. Virtual reality is no longer passive, one-way traffic: it is two-way communication.
Hardware for end users
What can we expect from this custom-built VR kit? An installation put together by Prophets from consumer hardware: two 360fly 4K cameras, an omni binaural microphone with four sets of dummy ears, a flybox, amplifier, processor and internal battery.
From VR kit to VR goggles
The person with the VR kit on his or her back records 360° video. A second person, wearing the VR goggles, enjoys a genuine VR experience. So how does it work? The images and audio are streamed to the goggles through the Orange 4G-network. Prophets has also designed its own Android app to view and listen to the 360° video.
Going beyond the VR hype
The innovative Prophets kitchen team designed and produced the VR kit entirely themselves. Despite the rather artisan touch, the VR kit has quite some firsts under the hood. Lucas Caesens, creative technologist at Prophets, explains: “What is unique about this kit is that it is fully autonomous and wireless. Its most innovative features are the two-way communication and real-time stitching of 360° images and 3D audio. This required our developers’ unique software, with huge amounts of processing power.”
VR service on demand
The VR kit has been extensively tested and is already available as a VR on-demand service for Orange’s Make it Real campaign. It is now being used to shoot a series of mini documentaries.
Find more technical details, photographs, and the first mini documentary at www.makeitreal.tech.