This Canon DSLR Rig Shoots 3D Light Field Photos You Can Move Around In

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A Los Angeles-based cloud graphics company called OTOY has announced the world’s first spherical light field capture that creates a navigable scene in virtual reality. By capturing light field data with a special Canon and GoPro camera rig, the company created the beginnings of immersive photos you can move around in.

The rig featured two Canon DSLRs with ultra-wide angle lenses and a GoPro action camera.

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OTOY swings the cameras around in 360 degrees, capturing footage of the scene that light field data can be calculated from.

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The scene and light field information is then used to create a completely accurate and immersive environment that can be experienced in virtual reality using special a headset:

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Unlike ordinary an ordinary 3D virtual reality representation of a photograph, which only allows you to “look around,” this light field technique allows you to move around — albeit only a little bit for now.

The extra information currently lets you move your head around a small amount while viewing a scene, providing a much more immersive experience, but you can’t walk around the entire room and see a complete picture.

Here’s a video of how the whole system works from image capture to viewing:

This second video shows what experiencing the 3D scene looks like. Notice how there’s slight head movements and perspective shifts in 3D space:

OTOY says that this “groundbreaking demonstration” is an important first step into a world in which people will be able to experience immersive photorealistic scenes from their own homes.

(via OTOY via Engadget)

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