San Francisco, CA, October 27, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- A pioneering group of graduates from Berkeley and Stanford set out on a mission to bring Virtual Reality (VR) technology to the mass market by creating the world's first 3D, 180-Degree stereoscopic consumer camera. LucidCam is a sleek hand-held device that easily captures video or images with true depth and peripheral sight. Now, with the launch of LucidCam on IndieGoGo, anyone can create immersive VR content to share with family, friends and colleagues.
VR technology looks to be a mainstream commodity by 2020 according to an April 2015 article in Fortune Magazine. Similar predictions place VR growth at 13,000% (5 times faster than iPhone adoption) by 20171. Add in the potential implications for use within today’s $88 billion global video game market, and the path for VR becomes quite clear, says LucidCam CEO Han Jin.
“There are infinite applications for Virtual Reality, but the potential for truly creative content is wasted if only a limited number of people have access to the tools for capturing VR footage,” Jin said. “Our team worked tirelessly for the last two years to rethink the current video market and break down multiple camera module solutions into a 2-lens compact system.”
LucidCam leverages stereoscopy (3D imaging), a technique for enhancing the illusion of depth through binocular vision, to capture immersive images and videos. Viewing this content through a virtual reality headset, like the Oculus Rift or your mobile phone with a Google Cardboard, completes the immersive experience.
“In other words, a Grandson on the West Coast of the United States can create vivid videos for his Grandmother in China to show her exactly what his world is like,” Jin said. “And the Grandmother can use something as simple as a cell phone paired with our various cardboards and viewing devices to look at the 3D 180-Degree video. I know, because I’m that Grandson.”
Today LucidCam opened their product for early orders through IndieGoGo. Contributing to this campaign not only gives the donor one of several low-priced camera options, but also contributes to the growth of the LucidCam team as they build towards providing their camera on the mass market. Their goal to raise $100,000 will fund a manufacturing ramp-up towards production of LucidCam in mass quantities.
“Go skydiving with friends from your living room, or experience underground ruins with family across the globe,” Jin said. “We can now truly let everyone see what we’re doing on any adventure.”
Tech Specs for LucidCam
3D, 180-Degree Footage
Portable, Fits-In-Your-Pocket or On a Mount
Easy Edit & Share Functions
Playback on Phone or VR Headset
Live Stream through HDMI Out
Ready to Scale into 360-Degrees (Stretch Goal)
5.15" (131mm) Long, 2.65" (67.3mm) Tall, 1.02" (26mm) Deep
8 oz (225 g)
Full HD - 1080p in Each Eye
1-1,5hrs, Lithium-Ion Battery
FOV 190°x120°, Fixed F/2.2 Aperture
2 Microphones for Binaural Caption
LucidCam is a stereoscopic 3D camera which captures the world exactly as the user sees and hears it. The 180-Degree wide-angle lenses enable an active view, and spacial audio enhances the experience of any content being captured or viewed.
LucidCam has received the following prestigious honors ahead of its public product release:
Lumiere's Statue for New Technology & Innovation in Entertainment 2015
The Ascend Award for Best Startup at Sierra Ventures CXO Summit 2015
Innovation for The Future 2015, Best Startup by Peking University and Hanhai Investment
For more information, find LucidCam around the web:
IndieGoGo Page: Link Coming Soon