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GoPro officially entered the virtual reality space with the highly anticipated release of the Odyssey rig.

First seen during Google’s I/O conference earlier this year, the upbeat device caught the attention of many spectators and tech enthusiasts who attended the event. Now that it’s up for purchase, individuals may soon get a closer, hands-on look at the mysterious camera.

“Virtual reality is a promising new innovation with incredible potential for commercial and artistic applications. With Odyssey and Jump, GoPro is encouraging content creators to pioneer the new technology – to capture, edit and share immersive content,” said Tony Bates, president of GoPro.

“We already know that GoPro users are some of the most talented content creators in the world, so we can’t wait to see how the professional community will use Odyssey to capture life’s most memorable moments in a whole new way.”

Technical Specs and Limited Availability

For now, the company is offering the VR device for media professionals, content businesses and active producers. Priced at $15,000, this is a gadget that you should already have a ton of uses for before purchasing.

According to GoPro, the package includes the following:

  • 16 HERO4 Black cameras, fully loaded with custom firmware
  • 16 array bacpacs with syncing cables
  • Custom-built ultra-rugged Pelican case
  • Microphone
  • Warranty
  • Support

It’s worth noting that the rig is not waterproof. A clear warning on the site indicates that using the unit in wet conditions will damage the mounted cameras. Based on GoPro’s reputation for building versatile products, a sturdier shell is probably due for a future release.

If the cost of the Odyssey didn’t throw you off and you’re located in the U.S., Canada, UK, the EU, Japan, or Brazil, you can sign up as an early adopter by filling out an application on the company’s website. Slots are limited and the brand is only accepting participants until the end of the year.

Google and GoPro will join forces during the strict vetting process. Those who are chosen for the project will be welcomed to purchase the recording device and create powerful content.

There’s no word yet on how the two companies will shortlist the applicants. But taking the capabilities of the camera into consideration, professionals engaged in nature, sports and visual arts will likely receive priority for the endeavor (no one wants to see virtual reality footage of an office, at least not yet).


Designed For Google Jump

The robust shooter is ultimately designed for Google Jump, a platform that streamlines the creation of virtual reality content. Businesses participating in the project are technically allowed to build their own VR machine. GoPro just beat everyone to it. At this point, buying the brand’s camera can save you time and money by going straight into content creation.

Unsurprisingly, videos from Jump will be hosted on YouTube.

So far, the duo seems to have a clear vision for the nascent industry. Once Odyssey-powered content starts rolling out, more companies might be encouraged to participate in the new digital revolution that is virtual reality.

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