YI Technology Develops 3D VR180 Camera with Google

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YouTube announced some major changes to the way you can view videos on the YouTube App at VidCon yesterday.

Wojcicki said YouTube is closing the gap on TV, noting that users now watch an average of 1 hour of mobile viewing per day as compared to four hours per day on the boob tube. You don't need something as huge (and expensive) like Google-360 Jump Suit to create VR in 180 field-of-view.

YouTube is also working with YI, Lenovo, and LG to produce cameras capable of shooting VR180 footage, and plan to offer select creators a chance to loan a VR180-enabled camera to try it out for themselves. You can find a number of VR180 videos already available on YouTube.

Google has launched the VR180 video format to standardize VR content creation for sharing on YouTube. Things would be financially easier too as full 360 videos for a fully immersive VR experience calls for a lot of investment in hardware and software. The new format has been made with collaboration with Google's Daydream team. The new cities include Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. It turns out that people spend 75 percent of their time looking at the front 90 degrees of a VR video, even if they've got 360 degrees to look at, so VR180 makes sense from that perspective.

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She said the platform has also seen a fourfold increase in live-streaming over the a year ago. Paul, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne and Charlotte.

YouTube is now in the process of working with companies to produce cameras that will be available for public sale - YI, Lenovo, and LG will be some of the first to offer products in the winter. There's also mention of the 37 original series and movies that have launched on YouTube Red, and the fact they've generated almost a quarter billion views.

"VR180 video focuses on what's in front of you, are high resolution, and look great on desktop and on mobile", YouTube project manager Frank Rodriguez wrote in a post on YouTube's blog.