Sunday, May 15, 2016

Voke VR is a 180/360 camera with 18k resolution


Voke VR is a broadcast-quality camera with several powerful features.  Hit the jump to find out more, and to see a sample video.



For broadcast-quality 360 video, there are rigs such as Google Jump / GoPro Odyssey and upcoming Facebook Surround, and there are all-in-one cameras such as the Nokia OZO.   Voke VR is in the latter group.

Voke VR consists of 10 cameras in a semicircular configuration.  It is designed so that two cameras can be combined to capture a 360-degree view.

Voke VR has several capabilities:
  • Up to 18k resolution
  • 180-degree or 360-degree field of view
  • 2D or 3D
  • Livestreaming (around 30-45 second delay) with DVR capabilities (rewind any time).
  • Can add graphic overlays
The very high resolution is useful for allowing viewers to zoom in on the action while still retaining high levels of detail.

Unlike other rigs that use wide angle lenses, Voke uses longer focal length lenses.  Due to the longer focal lengths of the lenses, it has no fisheye distortion.  The natural perspective contributes to the realism of the images.

On the other hand, the Voke is not fully spherical.  Voke did not provide specific figures for its vertical field of view.

Voke has already been used to broadcast some events such as the NCAA basketball finals and a FIFA World Cup semi-final game in Qatar.  Recently, it was used by the talk show CBS This Morning to allow viewers to watch a broadcast behind the scenes.



The sample video shows that there are stitching issues for subjects that are close to the camera.  However, beyond several feet, the stitching is seamless.


A sample 3D video from the Voke VR is also available on the Voke VR app (available for Android and iOS).