As we dive deeper into the realm of virtual reality, more technological innovations pop up every now and then. One such creation is the Lucid VR camera developed by Lucid VR. Founded Han Jin, it is the world’s first 3D 180 degree consumer camera for creating & sharing VR content. Being easy to use and share, is it worth the attention and money? Let’s find out.
The camera uses stereoscopy (3D imaging), a technique for enhancing the illusion of depth with binocular vision, to capture immersive images and videos. Viewing these images and videos through a virtual reality headset, like the Oculus Rift or on a mobile phone with a Google Cardboard is an alternative method. Dual, wide angle lenses to create a 3D immersion through the parallax effect, giving full control over the playback experience. LucidCam’s image processing software provides high frame rates up to 30fps and resolution up to 1080p instantly. You can also combine multiple LucidCams together (called Camera Stitching) to get full 360° image and video capture. Each camera’s battery can last 1-1.5hrs of recording. Sharing immersive content is as easy. Anyone with the Lucid app and a Google Cardboard will be able to view pictures and video seamlessly. Lucid employs state-of-the-art software techniques to stabilize videos and eliminate playback nausea.
Future of Lucid and VR
VR is something which is not desired by the general population, that is one of the reasons why VR has not taken off in popularity. Due to several reasons people don’t look at VR as a practical or economical means of entertainment. A good example is the Oculus rift which allowed the user to see in VR but ended being used almost predominantly by gamers. Google is also trying with their Google Cardboard. The Lucid cam is currently available for pre-order for $399: Product Page.