About this project
The 360cam from GIROPTIC is the first ultra high definition 360º camera that breaks through the limitation of the frame to record the entire experience of the moment in 360°. For the past two years our team has dedicated its work to overcoming previous 360° technical limitations and has invented a ground-breaking design, with innovative engineering, and easy-to-use interface.
The 360cam features a unique, egg-shaped design, incorporating two key proprietary innovations:
- Three, 185º fish-eye lenses with optical assembly that delivers the industry’s largest field of view
- Each of the lenses are synchronized to simultaneously capture and stitch images in real time inside the camera to produce a breath-taking all-around view
The result is a camera that, with one click, doesn’t miss a thing.
The 360cam is equipped with features that distinguish it from any other product on the market.
Universal mounting capabilities, allowing for true hands-free usage.
The 360cam is equiped with many sensors (GPS, Gyroscope, Microphones,...) & interfaces (Wifi, MicroSD, Micro USB,...) to make it truly versatile and fit any use.
The 360cam is the first of its kind to immediately capture within the camera the highest quality 360° video and photos.
The 360cam is equipped with both MicroSD card storage and WiFi connectivity allowing for multifunctional use.
You get to choose the mode that best suits your needs.
Quick & Easy Capture
The 360cam uses standard file formats & protocols.
- Live Video mode transforms the 360cam to an IP cam streaming live 360 view over RTSP protocol
- Video mode outputs are MP4 files encoded in h.264, with your choice of 25 or 30 frames per seconds
- Photo mode outputs are JPG files
Quick & Easy Editing and Sharing
No difference than with any other cameras.
- No extra or proprietary processing needed to view the files
- Uses standard video editors to build movies and standard photo editors to enhance images
- Use any free players available online, or, for the best result, dowload our own player for our website
- Post anywhere, create your own street view with our Google Photosphere compatible GPS geotagging feature
The 360cam files are standard equirectangular projections, compatible with most 360° video & photo players (KRpano, Kolor Eyes,...). For the best 360cam experience, download our proprietary players.
Mobile & tablets
To fully enjoy the 360cam videos and photos, please download our iOS or Android application:
- USB cable
- Rechargeable lithium ion battery
- Hand strap
- Pouch to carry your 360cam everyday
- Quick start guide
When we ship the 360cam to you, the pakage also includes:
Downloadable for free:
- 360cam Mobile & tablets app, availble for iOS and Android
- 360cam Desktop video player, available for Mac and PC
- 360cam Oculus Rift video player
360 cam technical specifications:
Remote control app
The WiFi capability of the 360cam allows the remote control via your mobile / tablet devices (Android & iOS). The remote control app will give you access to the following options :
- GPS: Turn On / Off
- Gyroscope: Turn On / Off
- Photo mode settings: HDR / Timer / Timelapse
- Video mode settings: 25/30 fps
The 360cam app can be used a view finder when recording video or taking pictures. Its remote control funtionality enables to select and view the recorded images stored on the microSD card.
As soon as we take the 360cam out of our pocket to demo it, people tell us the many ways they would use it. They have inspired us to create accessories for special purposes, whether it is for sharing special memories of a day at the beach, or keeping an eye on your office or your home, or even professionally broadcasting a live event in 360°.
We’ve created Kickstarter packages that include some of these accessories to meet your needs.
Underwater Lens Cups
The 360cam is waterproof (IPX8 rated) but as know, mixing optics with water are not good friends. Water creates image distortion and reduces the field of view. Our 360cam goggle to the rescue!
Our mini-goggles are made of optical grade plastic and are enclosed in a blue rubber mask. They keep the lenses well protected from the water. Easy to attach and practically weightless.
Clip them instantly to your 360cam before going into the water.
Ethernet (POE) Video Streaming Base
For professional broadcasters you can easily stream a unique live concert or event to those unlucky ones who couldn’t make it. It isalso ideal for professional video surveillance providing full 360° view 24/7.
Our 360cam is equipped with a WiFi antenna. In an environment where wireless can be dependable, just switch the battery base to the ethernet video streaming base to allow a steady, reliable and high speed connection.
The ethernet video streaming base is POE ready. It's easy to set up, with no need to bring an extra power source to the camera. Professional video streaming at full throttle!
Light Bulb Adaptor
Setup a home video surveillance system without aneed for messy cables, to keep an eye on the kids or the pets in the next room, or to monitor your home and office while you are away.
The 360cam WiFi capability allows real-time seamless streaming to your mobile, tablet or cloud video surveillance service. The Light Bulb Adaptor provides direct power to the 360cam, enabling full speed WiFi connectivity to your home network or device.
Easy setup - install it like a regular light bulb. This accessory is 115/230 volt compatible.
In developer mode, the 360cam provides access to several camera controls.
Develop new business opportunities by integrating your software or hardware attachment with the 360cam. Examples:
- A 360° video conferencing service.
- A surveillance security system.
- A webcam service.
- A patient monitoring system in a hospital.
Your imagination is the only limit to uing the 360cam.
Our software developer’s kit includes:
- 360cam desktop video player object code
- 360cam app object code (for iOS and Android devices)
- 360cam player Oculus Rift object code
Our hardware developer’s kit includes:
- The entire software developer kit
- The 360cam base 3D model
- The 360cam base connectivity schematic
- 15 hours of 360cam firmware tunning done by our engineers
- Access to our engineering team to answer your questions
Our Kickstarter launch is building a community of 360° innovators, developing new usages and applications.
Together, let’s push the envelope. Maybe we'll even push to see beyond 360°.
We’ve been working on 360° imagery for several years, developing 360° solutions for the business market.
Our customers inspired us to create a new generation of a 360° camera - the one that would respond to today’s needs of real time video streaming, Full HD unrestricted 360° field of view, simple to operate and versatile to use.
We believe that the time is right to bring the richness of the 360° experience to the consumer market, and to make high quality 360° cameras available to everybody.
To make this happens we had to rethink the entire optical and electronic design and processes. Instead of using off-the-shelf lenses, we developed our own three 185º fish-eye lenses that capture the broadest field of view in the industry. Instead of having stitching occur on a computer, like most 360° cameras, we developed on own on-chip stitching algorithms that allow immediate creation of .mp4 or .jpg files inside the camera. We also designed a variety of accessories to allow the use of our technology in different conditions, to make it truly versatile.
Now, that the technological challenges are behind us, we are facing the next challenge of bringing the 360cam into the hands of everybody. That’s why we need your support.
Our Kickstarter is about connecting with you, 360° enthusiasts, to share our invention and hear your feedback. Become a part of our team and travel with us on our exciting journey to bring the 360cam into the lives of everyone.
CEO, Richard Ollier
After graduating from engineering school HEI in France, Richard worked in Japan with Omnicom on interactive planning. Inspired by that experience, he returned to France and founded GIROPTIC in 2008 to bring 360° vision technology to everyone.
Chief Optical Engineer, Gilles Mathieu
With a degree from a French optical design school, he’s been building optical systems for over 25 years. Now Gilles works on everything from designing our optics to manufacturing and quality control.
Chief Electronic Engineer, Thomas Bocquet
Thomas earned an engineering degree in France at ISEN and works with Cypress on imaging sensors for military and space use. After building several cameras for Xenics, he now leads our electronics designs.
Chief Electronic Software Engineer, Arnould De Rocquigny Du Fayel
Arnould first met Thomas while he was a student at the ISEN engineering school. He has a strong background in FPGA & ASIC development. With expertise in image manipulation, Arnould implemented our patented on-chip image stitching algorithm and manages the embedded software team.
Senior DSP Engineer, Ibrahima Sakho
Ibrahima earned a degree in Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris with a focus on DSP image pipe processing. Ibrahima has several years of experience in camera development. His strong skills helped us to exceed the expected performance of the 360cam.
Mechanical Engineer, Geoffrey Regia Corte
Geoffrey has a degree from ISD in design and mechanical applications. He designs our products and packaging. With his talent for mechanical-for-manufacturing engineering, we were able to greatly shorten the time from prototype to production.
Our custom-designed lens has been inspected & tested by our optical engineer to ensure that they matched our design expectations.
From the early design stage, we’ve been working in close collaboration with our Asian partner -a plastic & magnesium die casting factory- to prepare the molds for mass production. Our partner is waiting for our green light.
We expect to deliver the first production 360cam in November, 2014.
Between now and then, we know that much still needs to be done.
Here’s an outline of that effort.
Risks and challenges
We’ve been working diligently for the last two years to ensure the high quality and timely delivery of the first production run of the 360cam. But as with any innovative products we might experience unexpected challenges or red blocks as we are ramping up the first batch.
Electronic Supply Chain
Some of our electronic key components are unique and cannot be sourced through a backup supplier. As of today, we have a clear view of every component’s lead time. However, unforeseen events such as a high volume order from another bigger player in the market could force our supplier to delay the delivery of those components by a few weeks.
WiFi & Battery Performance
The quality of the live video streaming over WiFi is dependent on the design and placement of the antenna in the product housing.
Through multiple experiments and testing we found an optimal positioning of our miniature antenna to deliver the most reliable performance. But we are still working on improving the antenna performance to ensure even broader WiFi range without depleting too much of the battery power.
Our engineering team continues to improve Auto White Balance and Auto Exposure algorithm. Those are tested every single day in different extreme lighting conditions such as direct sunshine or dawn. Until we ship the 360cam to you we’ll continue to work hard on fine tuning the image quality to ensure the best possible user experience.
We are committed to keep our campaign transparent and we will openly communicate with our supporters on the progress we make and the issues that might arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The 360cam captures 360x300 spherical videos and photos while keeping all the stitching processing inside the camera. Other so-called “360°” cameras are always missing one crucial element. Either they only cover a partial vertical field of view (usually 60° or so) or they cover a wider field of view but at a lower resolution and with hours of stitching to be done on a computer.
Full HD means 1080p-equivalent image quality, meaning 2Mpx per frame in video mode.
Besides the 360cam video player, can I also use other available 360° video players to enjoy the enhanced viewing experience?
Yes you can. We output standard video and photo file formats (MP4/JPG) with an image ratio of 2:1, known in the 360° industry as the Equi-rectangular projection. For a fully immersive experience, you can use any type of video/photo player available on the market to play our files.
We are expecting a retail price of US$499. However, this will be finalized after completion of the agreements with our distributors.
The 360cam comes with a quick start guide. Support and manuals will be made available online once we ship the 360cam to you.
Our videos are Full HD, meaning that they are not bigger in size than any other type of camera doing Full HD. We output 16Mbits bitrate video, which is pretty standard in the video camera market
We recommend microSD class 10 cards for use with the 360cam. The 360cam does not ship with a microSD card, but we might consider including one as one of our stretch goals.
The current battery life expectation is 1 hour of continuous video shooting at 25 fps without WiFi
Our first batch of 360cam will come in blue. Other colors will likely be offered once we reach our goal.
U.S. backers :
- We will ship your 360cam from our U.S.-based warehouse.
- Shipping is free.
EU backers :
- We will ship your 360cam from our EU-based warehouse.
- Shipping is free, but VAT needs to be added to the Kickstarter price (20 percent of the price, see pledges for detailed amount)
Rest of the world backers :
- Add US$20 for shipping.
The 360cam is engineered in France. We have several industrial partners located in Asia from whom we buy custom parts. Until now, GIROPTIC has always assembled its own devices sold in its office in France. This is for several reasons: IP protection, flexibility, customization, QC, etc. We have identified several manufacturing partners in Asia and France who are capable of assembling the 360cam for us. However, at this stage, the final decision has not been made as it will mainly depend on the number of devices we need to ship for the campaign.
Please go to our corporate website (www.giroptic.com) and click the ASK button. Someone will reply to you shortly after receiving your message.
We will have a pre-order Web page on our site once the Kickstarter campaign is over. If your request is urgent, do not hesitate to contact us at Giroptic.com.
We offer 1 year warranty on 360cam.
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