Facebook is holding is the Developer Conference F8 in San Jose, California this year. At the first day of the event, Facebook made some announcements regarding the updates that it will be rolling out for its services and apps. One such announcement made by the company yesterday. The announcement hints that many new initiatives are in store for the users. This also included a few initiatives taken by Facebook. The initiatives taken proves that the company wants to explore other platforms rather than being just a social networking platform.
Following the Cambridge Analytical scandal, Facebook dropped the plans of announcing its rumoured smart speakers. However, the social media giant has given the hints that it is interested in the hardware department. So it might not be a surprise that we might see a Facebook-backed device in the future.
As per some sources from the web, Facebook is working towards a professional-grade virtual reality camera. The company says it is in a development stage. The social media giant has teamed up with digital cinematography company, RED Digital Cinema. Facebook has not given any demo of the device during the F8. However, the company has revealed that virtual reality camera will be able to capture high-resolution 3D images using '6DoF' or ' six degrees of freedom'.
Further, it is also being reported that the device will combine Facebook's depth detection technology with RED's low-light performance. This combined technology will produce high-quality VR imagery. It can further be explored in real-time using a VR headset similar to that of Oculus Rift.
Facebook has also said that it has been working on an immersive capture technology for quite some time now. The company had first shown off its Surround 360 cameras at the F8 which was held back in 2016. Facebook has also made an announcement back then that it is working with a number of hardware companies in order to achieve their goal.
However, there is no information regarding the pricing or the availability of the device. It is also being speculated that the device is not going to be announced anytime soon. This is due to the fact that Facebook didn't give a prototype demo on stage. This means that we still have no idea about how the device might look like.
Also, it would be worth noting the fact that RED manufactures cameras for professionals and comes with a heavy price tag. The company's latest flagship device which is the Weapon 8K VV is priced at $79,500 (Rs 52,99,867.50 approx). This implies that the camera that will be rolled out by the joint-venture could come with a hefty price tag.