This year, the most amazing thing I saw at Google’s annual developer conference wasn’t a phone, a tablet, or even a head-mounted display. It was a 360-degree 3D video that took me to Japan. Now, filmmakers can spend $15,000 on the tech that made it possible: the GoPro Odyssey. It’s one heck of a camera.
Okay, so I probably need to do a little explaining: the GoPro Odyssey isn’t a camera in the traditional sense. It’s actually an array of 16 perfectly aligned GoPro Hero4 Black cameras—the same $500 ones you’d mount on your surfboard or drone or mountain bike—plus some special Google hardware and software to combine them into a single 360-degree stereoscopic 3D video at 8K resolution and 30 frames per second. (Yep, that’s an incredible amount of data.)