YI Technology and Google Unveil YI HALO at NAB 2017

Apparently, Yi Halo features 17 camera units and users can use them to create VR content.

Creators who are interested in getting the camera will have two options: purchase it when it launches this summer (pricing is unclear at this time) or score a free unit from Google via its newly announced Jump Start program.

The Yi Halo also has one more camera than the Odyssey, which is placed on top of the rig in order to better capture 360-degree footage directly above the viewer's head when observed through a VR headset.

Since YI Halo is targeted at professionals working with high-quality, high-resolution 360-degree photos and videos as well as VR, its price is expected to be sky high at $16,999.

Google introduced Jump nearly two years ago at its annual developer conference as a 360-degree platform that combined a multi-camera rig and specialized software that stitches it all together.

The new hardware was announced by Google on April 24, about a week after Facebook unveiled its plans for a pair of VR cameras. In a short statement provided to the media following the unveiling of the YI HALO, Singh said how Google's camera software has already helped create numerous immersive VR experiences in less than two years on the market, adding how the company's VR unit is eager to see what content creators will be able to do with YI Technology's latest, most advanced offering to date. And while it tops out at the same 8K resolution as the GoPro Odyssey, the ability to shoot 5.8K at 60 frames per second is unique. Makers of 360-degree VR rigs should take note: Google and Yi's new rig is putting yours on the line. True the Halo is the company's first foray into the hotly contested 360-degree VR camera segment, however, things look to be pretty much solid with the new Halo. But, the Yi Halo also comes bundled with its very own Android app that can be used as a remote or to view live previews.

Today, the Jump team is announced a brand new camera in partnership with YI Technology, dubbed the YI HALO.

Yi is launching the Yi Halo now as part of a limited access program called Jump Start. Originally it was meant to be an "open" camera design that laid out the ideal camera geometry for the Jump Assembler, Google's cloud-based automated stitching process. Instead, the Halo is aimed at lengthy multi-million dollar productions that use expensive special effects artists to put together the footage.

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