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Samsung will unveil a 360-degree VR camera alongside the Galaxy S7

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Samsung will unveil a 360-degree VR camera alongside the Galaxy S7
Samsung's Gear VR is one of a number of devices to have helped thrust virtual reality into the fore. As part of this movement, the Galaxy maker has already showcased Project Beyond, a 360-degree camera that could be used by developers to create experiences for the Gear VR. Last month, Samsung trademarked the name 'Gear 360' in its native South Korea, and at around the same time, rumor suggested that a consumer-focused 360-degree shooter might be in the offing. Now, the folks at SamMobile have been informed that the device is indeed real, and that it will be showcased alongside the Galaxy S7 duo at MWC later on this month. 

The report doesn't reveal every key detail, but does offer a solid idea of what to expect. Described as a "compact spherical camera", the Gear 360 achieves 360-degree imagery by virtue of 180-degree fisheye lenses. Through Bluetooth and a supplementary Gear 360 Connect app, the device will certainly operate with the Galaxy S7 line, and could potentially offer support to recent, top-end handsets like the Note 5

The experience includes a Gallery app as well as a viewfinder, which packs a slew of controls like HDR, ISO settings and the like. Users can film in full 360 degrees at a maximum resolution of 1920 x 3840, or at 180 degrees from either of the two cameras at <1920 x 1920. A live feed of the camera can be beamed back to the connected handset, although it's unclear, at this stage, whether live streaming to other devices is part of the package. 

The camera includes its own battery and on-board storage, though the capacities of either have yet to be established. There's also no word on the price at this moment. Considering the accessible ($99) cost of the Gear VR versus comparable devices, one can only hope that the Gear 360 will follow a similar trend, and if Samsung does intend to throw some weight behind the Gear 360, it may also be bundled at a cut price with the Galaxy S7. 

Since we can be fairly sure that the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge won't appear remarkably different from their respective predecessors, it makes sense for Samsung to have a few trump cards up its sleeve. If the Gear 360 is anywhere near as cool as it sounds, the company could be onto a winner. 

Hopefully more details, as well as some images of the Gear 360, will manifest themselves in the near future. 

source: SamMobile

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posted on 01 Feb 2016, 09:09 10

1. natypes (Posts: 1106; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)

The future is here. I can't wait to play a game on vr.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:52

8. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Me too. VR is the future.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:20 4

9. ameran (Posts: 320; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)

Remember, it wouldn't be revolutionary and futuristic VR product till Apple introduces it as iView.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 17:13

12. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

samsung vr porn gone mainstream lol

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 18:56

16. ibend (Posts: 6676; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

or it will make us feel akward, just sitting there and watching people doing some interesting stuff and cant join in :-/

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 19:31

18. catze86 (Posts: 731; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)

Indeed. And it would be more painful if we wear tight jeans.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 17:13

13. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

thay are fun

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 09:29 11

2. gersont1000 (Posts: 464; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

Sounds great! I love how Samsung is always spending huge amounts of money on researching new and existing technologies. They might try too hard to always try to counteract what Apple does, but they are a true leader in my book.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 10:10

5. nctx77 (Posts: 2401; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

A startup had this exact camera at CES.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 10:44

6. hemedans (Posts: 642; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)

OZO from Nokia was released since last year,

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 10:44 1

7. willard12 (unregistered)

CES was 3 weeks ago I'm and curious if that startup is ready to hit the market with their device. Either way, I'm sure we'll find out that Steve Jobs had a team working on it 20 years ago. Steve Jobs seems to be the 2Pac of technology.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 17:14 1

14. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

this camera has been in development for 2 years plus now look it up

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 09:33

3. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)

Camera for 10k euroes :D

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 09:54 1

4. Landon (Posts: 745; Member since: 07 May 2015)

I can see the price of this being around $600. It's for developers...not consumers so a higher price point is expected.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 17:17 1

15. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

actually this is the consumer model the commercial ones are thousands and are used for vr lip sync battle and conan and other things. that samsung has contracted with

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 13:07

10. jsobotka (Posts: 53; Member since: 21 Aug 2009)

Am I missing something here? This does not appear to capture stereoscopic imagery. So, not very useful for VR. The head-tracking is nice, but you are basically just looking at flat imagery projected onto the inside of a cylinder.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 13:23

11. DRS1977 (Posts: 520; Member since: 27 May 2015)

It has a top mounted camera as well from the looks of it.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 19:01

17. ibend (Posts: 6676; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

its just for 360 VR, not for 3D stereoscopic..
and if look at pic above, you can see 8 pair of 2 camera around the device.. maybe its for stereoscopic recording..
but dunno, still all they explain is 180 top + bottom camera, and they say nothing about those side thingy :-/

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 03:47

20. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 461; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)

It will still be awesome compared to looking at flat imagery centered on a small screen. I'd rather have 360 panoramas from places I visit than small photos.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 23:28

19. Supersonic (Posts: 226; Member since: 15 May 2015)

Had the same product been made by Apple, All the media and some cartoons would be shouting top of their voice that a revolutionary product is being invented by Apple. Alas the truth is Apple is a dead Technology company where noting is invented any more, now they are good follower only.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 03:48 1

21. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 461; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)

Don't worry, soon Apple will release a version and then the Verge, PA and all other corrupt Apple blogs will shout how revolutionary it is and Apple will sue Samsung.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 05:00

22. TomMariner (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Nov 2015)

The next logical step for Samsung. By the time the $2 Billion investment by Facebook yields Oculus products, these guys will be a hundred miles down the road and have captured the market.

This should be used as a case in "Time to Market" in the business schools.

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