Orah 4i Is A 360-Degree Camera For Virtual Reality Live Streaming

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There’s a growing number of options in 360-degrees cameras, from entry-level rigs like the Kodak Pix Pro and the Ricoh Theta to professional gear like the GoPro Odyssey and the Nokia Ozo. If you’re looking for something with more power than entry-level options but isn’t quite as expensive as the professional solutions, you might want to take a look at the Orah 4i.

Made by VideoStitch, it’s a VR camera that can capture 360-degree videos. Unlike other VR cameras, however, it’s designed for live streaming, automatically stitching spherical video on the fly and broadcasting it to any content delivery network in real time. Whether you’re filming a live concert, a sports event, or a table tennis match in the kitchen, this thing will let you do that in highly-immersive virtual reality.

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The Orah 4i records its 360-degree video in 4K at 30fps, complete with four-channel ambisonic 3D sound for truly immersive content. It does that while measuring a mere 3.1 x 2.7 x 2.5 inches, making for a compact camera with some serious capabilities. That compact aluminum housing contains four fisheye 8-layer f2.0 lenses, four Sony Exmor image sensors, four dynamic-range microphones, and two Armbarella processors calling the shots, along with a thermal pad for high heat dissipation, allowing it to stay cool during long streaming sessions.

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Since it’s so small, actual stitching isn’t done right on the camera. Instead, you’ll need to attach it to a small computer called “Stitching Box” during live streaming, leaving it to handle all the video processing and broadcasting duties.

Slated to ship in July, the Orah 4i is now available for preorder, priced at $1,795.

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2 Responses

  1. Rose

    I’m so excited that everything is turning to 4K these days. Its crazy how there was anything better than 1080p because honestly when that came out, I couldn’t imagine anything greater. Oh and then there’s 3D of course. Technologies like this are going to completely change the world. Imagine celebrities coming out with new videos of their concerts using virtual reality technology! I wonder if there will ever be cases where you can ‘attend’ a live event when you aren’t actually able to be there, watching the stream live with a login that you receive upon purchasing a ticket. What if virtual tickets became a thing of the future and the number of people actually at live events dwindled? I’m so excited, I’m sorry I’m getting ahead of myself!

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  2. Henry

    I am just getting familiar with Occulus Rift and virtual reality, but already they have a 360 degree live streaming capable virtual reality 4k video camera on the market. This is amazing. If I owned a nightclub I’d like to do a promo where one night a week we would livestream and people from around the world could watch live virtual reality of my club.

    Rose, selling tickets to a livestreaming virtual reality is a great idea! I would also like to do some travel related stuff using virtual reality like African Safaris or climbing Mount Everest.

    For $1,800 this seems cheap, at least to what I was expecting it to cost. It’s like a GoPro buy much cooler and technologically advanced. The Cheaper price tag is just for the launch, and the retail price then will be $3,595. Even at the higher price it looks like you get a good deal. If you are wanting this then jump on the pre-launch deal NOW so you can get it for half the retail cost.

    In order to stream 4K live they recommend a bit rate of 10Mbps minimum but recommend 15Mbps.

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