Eyse action cam not only live-streams, but 3D capture gives VR-like viewing

Ever wish you could be at the party, concert, or important event, when you weren’t able to make it? Sure, you could have someone FaceTime or Skype you in with a phone, or live-stream it via Periscope, but it doesn’t feel the same as actually being there, naturally. A new camera called the Eyse, however, puts that live-streaming approach into a virtual reality headset, giving you that in-person perspective.

Unlike a typical camera, the Eyse shoots video in 3D, which gives the user a more immersive VR-like experience. Vairdo, the company behind the camera, just launched a Kickstarter to help fund the Eyse’s production.

Described as a “Wi-Fi 3D camera for real-time VR experiences,” the Eyse (styled by the firm as EYSE, which is short for “extend yourself everywhere”) uses two 5-megapixel HD cameras (upgradeable to 13 megapixels, according to Vairdo) that simultaneously shoot videos via a Wi-Fi connection. The cameras aren’t capturing a wide-angle shot, but instead create two perspectives that give a sense of depth. Essentially, it’s stereoscopic 3D. While 3D has been labeled a flop in television viewing, that depth perception is what makes VR experiences enjoyable.

Although it’s described as a VR experience, it really isn’t. While there are two cameras, they are both pointed in the same direction, which means you can only look forward and in the direction the Eyse is mounted. Even though the video is viewed through a VR headset, you can’t look around as you would in an actual VR experience, as this isn’t a 360-degree camera. Think of it as a 3D action cam.

And like an action cam, you can carry it in your hand, clip it onto clothing, mount it on a helmet or bike, or even attach it to a consumer drone. It’s rugged (waterproof and shock proof), and it’s easy to use (one-button operation, with additional controls via a smartphone app for iOS and Android).

And there are a few features that improve on the typical action cam design. The Eyse’s lenses capture an undistorted field of view (no fish-eye), with 110 degrees of pivoting motion for a 180-degree field of view. There are tiny sensors that maintain stability and monitor various conditions, a built-in GPS, an LED light for night shooting, and bi-directional audio (speaker and mic), to give the user more of that “being there” feeling. The lenses can be covered with filters that protect while adding some personality (the camera does look like a cute robot, after all).

The Kickstarter campaign includes a VR headset, which is used with your smartphone, but the Eyse app works with any headset. You can also view the live-feed on your phone in 2D mode, while content is saved onto a Micro SD card. Vairdo says content can be viewed on 3D TVs via a firmware upgrade.

The Eyse uses standard AA-sized batteries, but considering the power it draws, it requires rechargeable lithium-ion versions. This is a smart move as lithium-ion AA batteries are readily available in most stores, and are handy when there isn’t a outlet around. The batteries, which provide 2-8 hours (depending on use), can be charged in-camera via USB. Vairdo also made the Eyse compatible with Qi Wireless induction charging.

Vairdo says beta units are scheduled to ship by the end of the year, with an October goal. But the company already has working prototypes, which are being used to record demo videos like the one below (you can see more on the Kickstarter page).

The Eyse has a MSRP of $699, which is a bit steep for an action cam and, to be honest, a visual technology (3D) that hasn’t really taken off with consumers, though Fujifilm tried with a 3D point-and-shoot camera several years ago. Also, we aren’t sure if the camera has enough resolution to capture videos that aren’t nauseating to watch. If the campaign is successful, though, it could prove there is market viability for this type of camera. The campaign has an early-bird pledge of $349 for a basic camera that includes a headset (though it lacks GPS, LED, wireless charging, and other features), while higher-priced packages give you additional accessories and features.

Vairdo isn’t a household name, but the San Jose, California-based computing and robotics company has been developing products and technologies for the military and industry. The Eyse is targeted toward consumers, but it’s based on the tech Vairdo has developed for other non-consumer applications.


Authentic, holistic, retro photography is in: Here are 2019’s predicted trends

What types of imagery are we most drawn to? According to recent stock photography data from Adobe, StoryBlocks, and Shutterstock, authentic, holistic, and humanitarian content will be in high demand in 2019.

Sharing your best gameplay moments is quick and easy on the Xbox One

The current generation of consoles make it easier than ever to share your gaming highlights with the world. Here's a quick guide on how you can record a gameplay video on Xbox One.
Product Review

Gate’s Smart Lock is locked and loaded but ultimately lacks important basics

In a world of video cameras and doorbells comes the Gate Smart Lock, a lock with a video camera embedded. It’s a great idea, but lacks some crucial functionality to make it a top-notch product.

Starting your very own vlog? Here are the best cameras to buy

Any camera that shoots video can be used to vlog, but a few models stand out from the crowd thanks to superior image quality, ergonomics, and usability. When it comes to putting your life on YouTube, here are the best cameras for the job.

From 4K powerhouses to tiny action cams, here are the best video cameras

Although not as popular as they once were, dedicated video cameras still have their benefits. From travel vlogging to home movies to recording your kid's little league game, here are the best video cameras you can buy right now.

Going somewhere? Capture more than your phone can with the best travel cams

Hitting the road or doing some globetrotting this year? Bring along the right camera to capture those once-in-a-lifetime vacation memories. Here's a list of some of our current favorites.

This A.I.-powered camera follows the action to produce epic selfie videos

Want to capture more epic action selfies? The Obsbot Tail is a camera-gimbal combo that uses artificial intelligence to follow the action. Using a handful of different modes, the camera works to keep the action in the frame.

The best mirrorless cameras pack all the power of a DSLR, minus the bulk

Mirrorless cameras offer a lot of photography firepower, inside a compact body. Explore the best mirrorless cameras, from the pro-level to the beginner-friendly shooters, in this guide.

Sony crams its best camera tech into the new $900 A6400

Love Sony's autofocus, but can't stomach the full-frame price? The Sony A6400 mirrorless camera uses some of the same autofocus technology and the processor of the A9 in a compact, more affordable crop-sensor camera.

These point-and-shoot cameras make your smartphone pics look like cave paintings

If your smartphone camera just isn't giving you the results you're looking for, maybe it's time to step up your game. The latest and greatest point-and-shoot cameras offer large sensors, tough bodies, and long lenses -- something no phone…

GoPro bumps resolution on Fusion 360 cam to 5.6K with new firmware

Currently available in public beta, Fusion firmware version 2.0 offers a new 5.8K mode that results in 5.6K output when the 360 camera's two hemispheres are stitched together. It also adds support for 24 fps video and RAW time-lapse…

With 5-stop optical stabilization, Fujifilm GF 100-200mm is ready for adventure

Fujifilm revealed a new lens designed to deliver on the GFX system's promise of adventure-ready medium-format photography. The GF 100-200mm F5.6 R is a weather resistant, relatively lightweight, 2x telephoto with impressive stabilization.

Olympus teaser shares glimpse of OM-D camera that’s good for more than sports

Is Olympus about to release a new mirrorless camera geared toward sports photographers? The latest teaser offers a glimpse of an upcoming OM-D camera set to launch on January 24, and by the looks of the teasers, it's capable for landscapes…

Nikon A1000, B600 pack big zooms into compact, budget-friendly cameras

The new Nikon Coolpix A1000 packs in a 35x zoom lens, 4K video, and an optical viewfinder, while Nikon's B600 brings a 60x zoom lens to the table. The cameras are modest updates to Nikon's budget-friendly zoom models.