VR developer 360 Designs has announced the release of the $75k Flying EYE, the ‘world’s first’ broadcast quality, live streaming, virtual reality drone.

The drone system is capable of streaming live, 6K, 360 video, and has a range of over five miles.

Flying EYE uses a custom wireless transmission system, Breeze, developed by 360 Designs.

Live VR streams can be broadcast anywhere in the world in high quality, and streamed live to YouTube, Facebook or VR headsets. Viewers will be able to hover above sporting, news, and music events.

“We wanted to create a broadcast quality live 360 drone platform for professionals, so they can create stunning live VR productions, with or without the drone in shot,” said Alx Klive, CEO of 360 Designs. “The sky is no longer the limit.”
The company has also demonstrated how it is possible to extract a zoomable, pannable 2D high-definition feed, from live 360 footage.

The Flying EYE system includes a Matrice 600 Pro commercial UAV; a choice of VR camera (Mini EYE 3 or other SDI/HDMI cameras), a camera stabilization system, the Breeze wireless transmission and stitching system (includes ground station), and waterproof Pelican case.

Here are the key features from 360 Designs:

    •    6K 360 Video – High-quality wireless video system offers near uncompressed, low latency (<1sec), broadcast-grade 6K video.
    •    Long Range – Astonishing wireless streaming video range, over 5 miles.
    •    Best-in-class 360 Camera – Designed to carry the company’s popular Mini EYE 3 camera, Flying EYE is also compatible with other 3-camera, HDMI or SDI-based VR rigs.
    •    Automated Live Stitching – The company’s proprietary Breeze 6K wireless transmission system pairs with an integrated live stitching system, removing the need to stitch 360 video footage later. The system can also be used for live 2D wireless transmission, at greater than UHD resolution.
    •    Broadcast Standards – Professional-grade 6G SDI output (4K), 6K NDI, or, 6K H.265 (HEVC).
    •    Fully Customizable – Each system can be custom-built and tailored to the needs of the customer.
    •    Reliable Drone Platform – Uses the popular DJI Matrice 600 Series commercial UAV
    •    Single Operator – Can be operated by one person, no camera positioning is needed with 360 video.

The system will be demo-ing at NAB this month

Jon Creamer

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