YI Technology, the leading, international provider of advanced, intelligent imaging technologies, today unveiled YI HALO, a next generation virtual reality (VR) camera built with Google's Jump technology. YI HALO meets even professional VR creators’ and filmmakers’ most challenging demands. By combining the most advanced capture technology and stitching with ease and versatility, creators can see everything, go anywhere, and create vibrant, immersive VR stories and experiences with confidence.
“Virtual reality provides incredible new opportunities for creators,” said Sean Da, CEO of YI Technology, “but it also poses a whole new level of challenges. To truly meet the promise of VR, the image quality, capture and stitching needs to match the immersive experience. To be truly active, you have to be able to shoot when and however you want, from many points of view, and without worrying about losing power; and you have to know it will just work, in your control, now and in the future. That is why we spent so many personal hours researching, perfecting and stress-testing the YI HALO. And why we are so excited to see what today’s amazing creators will do with what is now the most advanced VR system out there.”
"We announced Jump in 2015 to make high quality VR video easier to create; streamlining capture, post production, and playback processes," said Amit Singh, VP of Business for Google VR. "Since then, Jump has helped produce immersive, compelling work, and we're excited to see what's possible using YI's next generation cameras."
YI HALO is the highest fidelity 360-capture solution for maximum stereo effect, fidelity and immersion. It consists of 17 camera units including the Jump platform’s only up-view camera unit, allowing users to experience a scene in every direction without missing a thing. Built by the same engineers who created the acclaimed YI 4K and 4K+ action cameras, the YI HALO’s mechanical structure, hardware, firmware and software have been thoughtfully designed to deliver the highest level of imaging technology. Leveraging industrial design, electrical, firmware and optical engineering yielded a product that generates high quality 8K x 8K, 360º stereoscopic VR video at 30 frames per second, or 5.8K x 5.8K, 360º stereoscopic VR video at 60 frames per second.
YI HALO is the most versatile 360-capture solution allowing demanding creators to shoot easier, longer and from anywhere. It has a 100-minute battery life, pulling only 50 watts, but also works with AC and alternative power sources. It weighs less than seven and a half pounds, including the battery, and is easy to mount and easily portable. It comes with clear, simple Android, WiFi remote controls, previewing and automated Jump stitching.
Finally, YI HALO is a complete solution for 360-degree capture; it has been designed and tested to be durable, reliable and future-proof, undergoing over 100,000 hours of stress tests. It features a state-of-the-art, thermal design and a complete built-in screen system for easy control of camera settings and functions. It is a modular camera rig making it easy to upgrade or add new components as they become available in the future. Finally, users will be covered by a customer support package and one-click firmware upgrades based on direct user feedback.
YI HALO is only one of YI’s advanced 360-degree video solutions unveiled today at NAB 2017. The company also announced today the consumer-grade YI 360 VR camera, the only camera to offer 360-degree capture up to 5.7k and automatically video/picture stitching in the device.