Jaunt, the company pioneering cinematic virtual reality (VR), today announced the launch a series of professional-grade camera systems specifically designed for capturing fully immersive, 360-degree cinematic VR experiences codenamed “NEO.” The 5th generation of camera systems created by Jaunt, “NEO” has been designed and built from the ground up for VR, the culmination of two and a half years of extensive research and development, prototyping and field testing. Elevating not only the capture and quality of VR content, “NEO’s” stunning, sleek industrial design represents the technological step forward this camera system brings to the VR landscape.
With the “NEO” cameras, Jaunt Studios will scale up production of professional-grade VR content. Jaunt Studios launched in May, and is focused on developing and producing cinematic VR experiences in collaboration with leading creative visionaries. The first “NEO” camera systems will be available to partners in August 2015, with production to scale up later this year.
“With NEO we have overcome many of the technical hurdles of producing high quality cinematic VR experiences,” said Arthur van Hoff, co-founder and CTO of Jaunt. “NEO is the culmination of several years of research, its image quality and ease-of-use will allow creatives to focus on producing awesome content without the complexity of cameras built from off-the-shelf components not designed for VR.”
As Jaunt’s 5th generation patent-pending camera system, “NEO” pushes the limits when it comes to technological innovation, with major advancements in key components of previous hardware designs, making it the most comprehensive solution for professional applications.
The “NEO” system features:
● High quality, high resolution, full 360° capture
● Custom optics specifically designed for 3D light-field capture
● Large format sensors with superior low-light performance
● High dynamic range (HDR) imaging
● Fully synchronized global shutter sensor array
● Time-lapse and high frame-rate capture
● Compact and weatherproof form factor
● Stunning 360 degree industrial design by LUNAR
● Extensive tool set for configuration, rendering, and asset management
“Every aspect of the NEO design, from the high-speed image sensor, to the wide-angle optics, to the embedded software, was engineered with cinematic VR capture in mind,” said Koji Gardiner, Director of Hardware Engineering at Jaunt and the lead behind the new camera design. “NEO is a flexible system that offers turn-on-and-shoot simplicity for capturing spontaneous events, while also providing full manual control for creatives to set up the perfect shot.”