Jaunt unveils Neo, a 360-degree high-end professional VR camera
Jaunt has been among the leaders of the pack when it comes to cinematic VR. Having the tagline as “the future of cinematic VR”, the VR company has been pushing the limits of hardware in VR content creation and production.
Primarily targeting the high-end spectrum of the cinematic VR experiences available right now, Jaunt has recently announced its latest innovation in VR camera technology. Codenamed Neo, the 360-degree professional camera rig made specifically for VR is the latest addition to Jaunt’s product portfolio. Jaunt aims to cater to the needs of the professional market where fully immersive, high-end cinematic VR experiences are in high demand.
This high-end camera rig for VR is Jaunt’s fifth-generation camera made for virtual reality content creation. Jaunt CTO and co-founder Arthur Van Hoff said that the Neo has “overcome many of the technical hurdles of producing high-quality cinematic VR experiences.” He adds that the Neo’s image quality and user-friendly usability will allow creative professionals to create impressive VR content without the usual complexity associated with VR content production.
Being a spherical camera rig setup, the Jaunt Neo is able to capture 360-degree, high-resolution footages thanks to its large sensors and custom-designed, custom-built optics. The optics found on the Neo are optimized to effectively deliver quality results even in low light. In addition, it also features High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging, and a fully synchronized global shutter sensor array. The Neo is also able to do time-lapse imagery as well as high-frame-rate capture.
Koji Gardiner, Jaunt’s Director of Hardware Engineering, says that the Neo offers great flexibility when it comes to turnaround usage in various scenarios, in that the Neo can do spontaneous capture of events while providing flexibility for manual adjustments, allowing fine-tuning of the camera’s parameters for getting great captures.
Having built around light field technology, the Jaunt Neo allows capture of 360-degree footages with the ability to allow a certain degree of parallax to the overall capture. This effectively increases the immersion factor of VR content shot using the Neo, as the user is able to interact with the content not only in plane directions such as up, down, left, and right, but also being able to see around objects as if they were to be seen in the physical world. With this technology built into this camera rig, motion sickness can be alleviated further because of the ability of the user to properly orient himself to the movement of the virtual content he is seeing.
As of now, Jaunt has not announced any details on Neo’s pricing. Essentially, the Neo is being targeted to professionals and creative studios – we expect the Neo not to be priced for the average consumer.