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GoPro Unveils $15,000 Virtual Reality Camera Rig Called Odyssey

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In partnership with Google Inc (GOOG - Free Report) , (GOOGL - Free Report) , camera maker GoPro Inc (GPRO - Free Report) has developed Odyssey, a camera rig made for shooting immersive, 3-dimensional, 360-degree content. It holds 16 GoPro Hero4 cameras, not only allowing them to act as one, but also keeping them in sync and maintaining the same settings across all of the cameras. Once combined, the rig will shoot 2.7K video in 4:3 aspect ratio.

Odyssey was originally announced at Google’s I/O developer conference in May, where GoPro announced their partnership with Google and its three-piece virtual reality (VR) platform Jump. With both tools, filmmakers can start creating 360-degree VR videos. The videos are then assembled in Google’s cloud, can be uploaded to YouTube, and viewed on the tech giant’s Cardboard VR headset.

Unfortunately, Odyssey is not available for just anyone. In order to be considered for purchase, potential content creators in the U.S., U.K., EU, Canada, Japan, and Brazil must sign up for a limited access program on GoPro’s website. From here, GoPro and Google will then choose partners, giving them a chance to buy the limited Odyssey for $15,000.

The high price tag may stop some people in their tracks, but for the buyers willing to shell out the cash, they’ll receive the Odyssey, 16 Hero4 cameras, a support, cables, a microphone, and Pelican case for storage. Take a look at what's included here. The $15,000 also includes research and development costs, the camera-syncing technology, and eliminating battery-life restrictions.

Buyers will receive their camera rigs beginning in November.

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