The Lucidcam is a 3D 180-degree Virtual Reality camera.
Silicon Valley Startup Lucid VR announced today that it has received $2.1M in seed funding and has signed a partnership agreement with manufacturer Wistron.
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Lucid VR makes a pocket-sized VR camera captures 3D 180-degree videos to be watched instantly on mobile phones using Google Cardboard or any VR headsets. Created by a team of Berkeley and Stanford graduates, LucidCam eliminates what has until now taken hours and thousands of dollars in big-size equipment and software to do.
With the Lucidcam anyone can easily capture 3D spherical videos and images with the simple touch of a button. Semi-pros and photo video enthusiasts can capture cinematic 3D experiences. Game developers can easily create lifelike environments and innovators can disrupt industries by building businesses around VR content.
The camera leverages binocular lenses to create true depth as well as peripheral vision and utilizes two microphones. It is essentially mimicking human eyes and ears.
With a 180-degree field of view, LucidCam allows users to stick to the traditional point-and-shoot approach, simply pressing the shutter and holding the camera steady to capture everything. There are no panoramic sweeps required. A multi-camera setup with three LucidCams enables 360° 3D capture.
The investors in the Lucid VR seed round are Wistron, S2 Capital, Lab360, TEEC Angel Fund, 17 Miles Technology as well as other angel investors.
“LucidCam brings people together across the world by capturing incredible immersive experiences in VR, the same way as your eyes see them, and which can be easily shared with friends and family within seconds,” said Han Jin, co-founder and CEO, Lucid VR. “With our relationship with Wistron we will be developing a beautifully designed and engineered camera that is going to surpass our original plans. We are very excited to announce that we will be upgrading our backers with a first production version of the LucidCam with double the resolution and frame rate, in addition to extended battery capacity. The viewing experience in VR headsets will be so much smoother with 2K and 60 frames per second.”
The camera’s unique technology was created over the last two years by Jin and his co-founder and company CTO Adam Rowell, a Stanford Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering who is specialized in computer vision and image processing.
There are several VR video cameras coming to the market right now. Most are though very expensive and aimed at professionals like the Nokia OZO and also the just announced Facebook Surround 360. The LucidCam has the potential to take first person videos to the next level.
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LucidVR successfully crowdfunded its first round of production cameras in December 2015, with the cameras now to be produced by Wistron Corporation. The Lucidcam is currently available for pre-order at a discounted price of $399. Shipping is planned for December.