After years of prototypes and concepts, virtual reality headsets are finally starting to go mainstream with lower prices and better availability. One problem concerning a few in the tech industry is the lack of VR content.
Already, companies like GoPro and Google are getting in on VR content creation. But they’re not the only ones. Today, VR firm VideoStitch announced Orah 4i, a plug-and-play device that can both capture and broadcast live VR footage.
Designed to be used with headsets such as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Samsung Gear VR, the Orah 4i targets prosumers with its 4K resolution and simple interface. the device consists of two parts: an upper component that houses the four cameras and a lower base that takes all of the footage captures and stitches it in realtime to create the VR environment.
The camera component consists of four image-stabilized fish-eye lenses and four microphones to help create immersive ‘ambisonic’ 3D audio. This means the footage will be stable and the audio will automatically map itself to the direction the viewer is watching the footage.
The Orah 4i is available today for only $1,795, but will soon jump up to the full MSRP of $3,595 in a few weeks. They aren’t for everyone, but for venues, entertainers and photographers wanting to take the dive into VR, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than the other alternatives on the market.