While Google Cardboard seemed a bit like a joke a year ago, it's clear that Google isn't slowing down in its VR efforts. Alongside the announcement of a new version of Cardboard, Google is also announcing a new VR content capture system called Jump.
Jump is a 360-degree video platform that transforms raw footage into VR video, with the hope of making it easier for people to record and create seamless, spherical 3D virtual reality videos.
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Much like the Project Beyond camera rig from Samsung and Google's own Street View camera setups, Jump camera rigs are made from an array of 16 cameras in a circular pattern.
The cameras captures video instead of stills, and when processed by Google's massive computing platform can fill in gaps and gather depth information so that the end video is of the highest quality.
The difference this time around is that Jump is an open design that anyone can use, meaning we should see multiple variations of the design that can all capture similar video.
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Google is making Jump videos viewable on YouTube, so you'll be able to view the 360-degree videos from within the popular web player and app, and likely through the Google Cardboard virtual reality viewer as well.