Google, Yi Technology Unveil $17,000 VR Camera

Alphabet’s () Google today unveiled its new virtual reality camera called the YiHalo, a product resulting from the firm’s partnership with Yi Technology, a Chinese action camera maker, Variety reports.

The YiHalo will sell for $17,000 this summer and is closely integrated with Google’s Jump System, a cloud-based stitching solution intended to remove manual intervention from stereoscopic 360-degree video production. 

The camera, being manufactured by Yi, combines 16 spherically aligned 4K action cameras with an extra camera facing upwards. It also has a dedicated LCD screen to monitor each of these sensors as well as overall battery life and more.

The YI Halo is Google’s second venture with a camera maker to introduce a VR camera system. Google first launched a camera rig based on GoPro’s () action cameras called Odyssey.

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