(Engadget) – Google launched Jump, a platform for VR video, back at its developer conference in May — along with a slightly bonkers camera rig called Odyssey co-designed with GoPro. Today, prospective content creators can put their name down to get early access to the hardware (pictured after the break), which GoPro tells us is only available in limited quantity. Google already did something similar, but this time the scheme appears to be specifically aimed at professional partners. We also get to know a little bit more about the rig, including its cost: an eye-watering (at least for us amateurs) $15,000.
What do you get for your money? Well, 16 GoPros for starters (that accounts for $8,000 of the Odyssey’s cost at the camera’s $500 retail price). The rest of the package includes connectivity mounts (“bacpacs”) for each camera, cables, memory cards, a pelican case and (of course) the cylindrical Odyssey rig itself. Once combined, the rig will shoot 2.7K video in 4:3 aspect ratio. It is, of course, all about the 360-degree/3D experience, and Google with GoPro hopes that Odyssey can raise the bar in terms of immersive video quality.