ImmerVision and Quanta Make Live 360° Video Capture & Viewing Mobile
Through a new partnership, ImmerVision, inventor of the 360° panomorph lens and specialist in immersive optics and imaging, and Quanta Computer are working to bring live 360° imaging to mobile, Internet-of-Things and virtual reality markets. Users will have the ability to simultaneously capture and view live streamed HD sphere-shots and videos, onto any cloud platform system or connected display devices such as VR headsets, smartphones or tablets, anywhere at any time. Mobile users can broadcast immersive 360-degree video from their Apple or Android device.
Quanta Computer is one of the world’s largest notebook computer makers, with customers including Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Sun Microsystems and many others. The company is also an original design manufacturer with substantial R&D, product development, manufacturing and supply capabilities.
“Partnering with Quanta gives ImmerVision a chance to develop new applications for 360° video capture and streaming,” said Alessandro Gasparini, Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer at ImmerVision. “Combining our expertise in 360-degree imaging with Quanta’s capabilities in product design, development, manufacturing and international distribution will make immersive and VR experiences accessible to many more end users.”
Immervision Panomorph Lenses
Immervision combines their panomorph optics with 360° viewing functionality, making it possible to navigate within live or recorded 360° panomorph images and video captured by ImmerVision-certified video cameras, mobile device, digital still cameras and other devices. The panomorph wide-angle lens has coverage with magnification ratios to adjust resolution in predefined zones of interest based on distortion control.
360° viewing is possible due to dewarping algorithms that digitally correct, remove or modify image distortion. The viewing functionality displays sections of the raw 360° panomorph image without distortion, which allows navigation inside the panomorph image. Immersive navigation is also possible on multiple independent views from one panomorph video source. The dewarping algorithm can be integrated into platforms such as computers, mobile devices, cameras, tablets, laptops and so on.
The lenses also use anamorphosis, developed to achieve optimal pixel coverage on a camera sensor. On a 4:3 sensor, for example, a panomorph lens with anamorphosis stretches the image to optimize coverage on a rectangular sensor, and has up to 33% more sensor coverage compared to wide angle lenses with a circular footprint.
ImmerVision and Quanta are demonstrating their live 360° imaging and viewing product developments at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona from 22 to 25 February 2016. www.immervisionenables.com