Check out YI Halo, Google's next generation Jump camera for VR

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Once the Yi Halo's 17 individual cameras finish capturing video, Jump sets to work.

Alongside the Yi Halo Jump camera, Google also announced its Jump Start program, an initiative by the company to put more VR-ready cameras in the hands of filmmakers across the world. And the company should be able to pull this off too, considering the camera will come in at a price of a whopping $17,000.

YI HALO was developed in partnership with YI Technology.

Google announced Jump in 2015 along with a virtual reality camera rig called Odyssey, which was powered by 16 GoPro cameras.

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See and experience YI's two new products, YI HALO and YI 360 VR, at NAB 2017 in the Virtual & Augmented Reality Pavilion, Booth N1121VR. It is also capable of shooting videos in 8K resolution at 30 fps and 5K resolution at 60 fps. Some may say that this gadget looks just like an old-school slide carousel, weighing approximately 8 pounds. While the company doesn't expect the Yi Halo to draw in huge money for the company, its launch is seen as a step towards building significantly more affordable, consumer-grade VR cameras at some point in the near future. Using around 16 cameras, these rigs can capture crystal clear video footage as well as use specialized software to make sure there is very little stitching between video clips. Google provides general blueprints for the ringed camera rig as well as server space for stitching all the high-resolution imagery together, and then gets to kick back while hardware companies and filmmakers create content to fill its budding Daydream VR platform.

With its built in Wi-Fi, you can securely and remotely control your YI Halo with your smartphone app. Users can also turn to third-party battery solutions, offering utmost compatibility.

It is also necessary to know that the Yi Halo is a semi-pro and pro-level camera setup and is being touted as the next generation Jump camera. Filmmakers can apply for free cameras and use of the Jump software. The Yi Halo isn't a VR camera for regular consumers, but geared at filmmakers and professionals, though it will go on sale in the summer, with some units being made available to a select group of creators.

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