A significant challenge with any new technology is that oftentimes you’ll find gaps in the system. It’s one of the main issues affecting a wider implementation of virtual reality: Some companies may offer a great piece of VR hardware, but the software or mobile apps aren’t quite up to the task. In other cases, you’ll find a very impressive app, but you’ll need to figure out a way to integrate the hardware, which in some cases may not be compatible. But Live Planet, a live-streaming VR technology company headed by tech entrepreneur Halsey Minor, who earlier in his career co-founded the media company CNET, hopes to change this with the introduction of its Live Planet VR System, which is available today from the company’s website.
“We have a consistent system that lowers the barrier of entry,” says RJ Wafer, Live Planet’s Chief Revenue Officer. “We’re taking away all the hurdles for anyone who wants to create VR video.” In effect, the company wants to avoid the cobbling together of components and software. Instead, they hope the new VR system will be seen as a clear and simple live-streaming solution. If it meets these expectations, it’s the type of system that may allow filmmakers to quickly produce 360-degree live content at such venues as concerts or sporting events. It could also allow wedding photographers the ability to provide immersive experiences to those who couldn’t attend the event in-person.
According to the announcement, the full-system enables anyone “to easily and quickly capture and distribute dramatically better stereoscopic VR video easier than any other method” and integrates a VR camera, cloud service and mobile applications in order to produce live or recorded 4K-resolution (4K x 2K) VR video to VR headsets and 360-degree platforms, including Samsung Gear VR, Oculus, Google Daydream, YouTube and others.
The company claims the system will allow you to capture stereoscopic footage (optimized, automatically stitched and in real time), store and manage that VR content via its cloud service and deliver the VR content via mobile networks and social media platforms.
Live Planet looks to compete with a number of other companies, including Insta360 and Z CAM, by offering what they consider a smaller, more compact camera as well as other enhancements, including simplified storage (1 SD memory card) and the ability to control the camera via the cloud service.
The system, which is pricey at $9,950 (although it’s in line with other VR tools), and also includes various storage plans for an additional cost, is available now via www.liveplanet.net and comes with the stereoscopic VR camera, $1,000 credit toward VR cloud storage and delivery services (additional services are priced a la carte), a premium monopod, app licenses, platinum support and a custom camera case.
For more information, visit liveplanet.net.