GoPro Launches Odyssey Program For Virtual Reality

GoPro, Inc. enabler of some of today’s most engaging content, today announced the limited availability of Odyssey, a new 16-camera rig designed for Google’s 3D, 360-degree virtual reality platform, Jump, through the Odyssey Limited Access Program (LAP). Beginning today, professional content creators and producers can apply to participate and purchase an Odyssey rig for delivery later this year.

First announced at Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, Odyssey offers a 360-degree camera array for stereoscopic 3D content capture. Features such as genlock camera synchronization, multi-camera control and extended battery life aim to eliminate challenges faced by content creators at the forefront of immersive content capture. Together, GoPro’s Odyssey and Google’s Jump platform will make it possible for anyone to experience a time or place like they’re actually there – through immersive, 3D, 360-degree content.

Jump has three parts:

  • A specialized camera, the GoPro Odyssey
  • An assembler that uses advanced computer vision and the computing power of the Google cloud to process the footage
  • A player:  YouTube

“Virtual reality is a promising new innovation with incredible potential for commercial and artistic applications. With Odyssey and Jump, GoPro is encouraging content creators to pioneer the new technology – to capture, edit and share immersive content,” said Tony Bates, president of GoPro. “We already know that GoPro users are some of the most talented content creators in the world, so we can’t wait to see how the professional community will use Odyssey to capture life’s most memorable moments in a whole new way.”

Those interested in participating in the LAP can sign up now through the end of the year at  GoPro and Google will work together to select content partners who will be granted access to purchase the limited-quantity Odyssey rig and showcase the full potential of 360-degree content. Odyssey will be offered at $15,000, which includes:

  • 16 HERO4 Black cameras, fully loaded with custom firmware
  • 16 array bacpacs with syncing cables
  • Custom-built ultra-rugged Pelican case
  • Microphone
  • Warranty
  • Support