If you always thought your Formula One (F1) viewing experience was missing a little something, meet the ViewCam 360. Norwegian company Making View and Red Bull Racing have teamed up to produce the world’s first 360 degree video camera for an F1 car. Have you always wanted to be there at the action where it all happens? ViewCam 360 will allow you to watch from almost any angle you can imagine.
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It will be like Google Street View supercharged high-speed with adrenalin added.
Weighing in at 600 grams and with 224 GB of internal memory, it is fully remote-controlled and captures equirectangular video at a resolution of 4K x 2K, and a frame rate of 25-50 fps. While it was not designed for this purpose specifically, you have to congratulate the person who came up with the idea of mounting it on a F1 car. Will we see less of the round-a-bout footage that we are used to? We sure do think, and hope so.
The footage a user gets can be directed by himself, or herself (yes we know the girls like F1 as well) using a PC mouse or similar device wherever you are viewing it from. A demo video on Red Bull Racing’s site shows how it’s done. And it is damn fantastic…