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Eyse is a Kickstarter VR camera for live-streaming your life in stereoscopic 3D
There’s no shortage of 360 cameras, live-streaming cameras, HD body mounted cameras, VR cameras and so on these days. Amidst this plethora of options, it can be a little hard to stand out, to offer something different from the pack. This is exactly what the Eyse camera tries to do, by offering you the ability to 3D stream your life from your perspective in real time.
Eyse is a portable camera with two separate cameras – positioned just like your eyes – that capture everything around you in stereoscopic 3D. Eyse also has bi-directional audio to replicate the stereo experience of your ears and it can be mounted to a body harness, to a drone, or perched on your shoulder like a googly eyed parrot (watch the video).
Everything Eyse captures can be live-streamed to a compatible VR headset through a direct Wi-Fi connection or recorded for later viewing. All models are GPS-equipped but only the top-of-the-line model is water-resistant. As the prices go up, the included accessories increase.
Eyse is Qi chargeable and, according to the Kickstarter page, “sends inertial and motion data to the viewer, giving them an immersive ‘in the moment’ experience of all the action”, whatever that means exactly. The two 110-degree cameras are 5 MP base models (upgradeable to 13 MP) and everything is stabilized with gimbals. It’s definitely a cool idea but an expensive one at that.
The Eyse Basic package (to support the project and actually get an Eyse if it succeeds) is $349. The Eyse Basic will have a MSRP of $699 when it hits shelves and comes with 16 GB of internal storage. The Eyse Pro pledge is $599 with 32 GB of storage (with a $1099 MSRP) and the Eyse Max will set you back $799 now (with 64 GB of storage and water-resistant rating) or a massive $1499 after the campaign ends.
It’s certainly a hefty price tag for a gadget that isn’t all that different to a lot of what is already out there. Considering you can buy a 360-degree VR camera for a couple hundred bucks that can live-stream to your phone, the stereoscopic 3D imagery is going to have to be pretty darn compelling to justify adding a grand or more to the price. Backers of the campaign will get their Eyse in October 2016 if all goes to plan.
Thoughts on Eyse? Is stereoscopic 3D vision really worth that much extra?