Giroptic's Kickstarter campaign for 360cam has raised $1,000,000 in
less than 30 days and from over 3000 backers. Giroptic managed to reach its goal in the first 24 hours, and now the 360cam is one of the top most funded tech campaigns on Kickstarter. "I'd like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has supported our project. We have been blown away by the enthusiasm and are eager to start helping people explore the world around them," said Richard Ollier, founder of GIROPTIC. "Creating your own Street View of the places you love is fun and easy. In one click with the 360cam, anyone can create 360 degree interactive photo spheres and then share them on Google Maps and Google+,” stated Evan Rapoport, Product Manager, Google Maps and Photo Sphere
“Driven by the convergence of technology and sociology, video has become ubiquitous in our personal and professional lives. But, in the end, current solutions are leaving us flat and wanting more,” stated Richard Ollier, CEO and Founder of GIROPTIC. “More and more, consumers are wanting to move to a more spherical world. Our focus was to design a versatile, robust 360-degree camera that will enable people to self-capture full high-definition, 360-degree immersive footage of their favourite activities. We’re creating a world where life happens in 360 degrees.”
The camera's technology and design is very unique being oblong-shaped and featuring three 185-degree lenses that overlap. The combination of the form factor and lenses is what makes the 360 degree imagery and videography possible. The lenses capture individual images that are stitched and processed using the devices on board processor.
“For two years, our team was dedicated to inventing a ground-breaking design, most notably, a clever three-lens optical system with on-chip stitching inside the camera. The result is a camera that takes in everything with one click; up, down and all around. It doesn’t miss a thing,” said Ollier.