Google wants to make a 360-degree rig that can capture virtual-reality video in a good enough quality to be acceptable at cinemas.
At last year's Google I/O developer conference, Google launched the Jump ecosystem for virtual reality filmmaking as well as a 360-degree camera array made from 16 GoPro action cameras. The VR footage shot by the rig is compiled from the individual cameras using Jump's back-end, cloud-based processing software. Now, Google is working with IMAX to make a cinema-grade version of that Jump VR camera.
According to both The Verge and Engadget, Google's head of VR, Clay Bavor, revealed at Google I/O 2016 that Hollywood is interested in Jump. Google has partnered with IMAX on a cinema-quality 3D camera rig. IMAX is known for immersive video and audio, so it makes since IMAX would want to pair its experience in camera design, optics, and sensors with the Jump ecosystem.
Bavor didn't elaborate on how far along the project is and what the end result could mean, though he did suggest the partnership should boost mobile VR experiences, meaning we might one day be able to watch IMAX VR films on our smartphones.
Apart from the IMAX deal, Google announced it partnered with Chinese digital camera maker Yi Technologies to create a Jump action camera.