Google has unveiled its latest innovation in video-making. With its new technology ‘Jump,’ Google says shooting, publishing and watching virtual reality videos will be easy and accessible for all.
One of the hottest new items to come out of Google’s I/O developer conference is called “Jump”, and it’s making people both heave with excitement and with motion sickness nausea.
Google Jump is new technology that makes it easier than ever to create virtual reality videos.
The setup debuted at the conference was made up of a futuristic-looking camera wheel with 16 GoPro cameras shooting sharp, high-quality images in 360-degrees.
The long-term goal, though, is to make virtual reality accessible both to video-makers and video-watchers. To satisfy the first part, filmmakers—or anyone with an interest—will ultimately be able to use any standard, commercially-available cameras with the Jump gizmo to shoot in VR.
In addition to the cameras, there is special software to assemble and process footage, and a player. But the player too will move to the mainstream.
YouTube viewing options will include one for Jump. Said Clay Bavor, Google’s products VP as he demoed Jump at the conference, “If you want to experience VR video all you need is the YouTube app, your smartphone, and some cardboard.”
Making virtual reality accessible for average consumers is certainly necessary in order for it to really take off. With Jump, the foundation has been layer for VR to finally jump into the mainstream.