There is no better time than 2018 to start capturing those precious moments that life seemingly delivers without fail. Our hyper-connected world demands it out of us at the very least, and that’s why eCapture Technologies is introducing what they call, the world’s smallest 360 degree VR camera.
While we can’t independently verify that claim, this is one of the newest crowdfunding campaigns to launch within this space with a unique proposition.
Weighing in at a slim 14.7g, this is the type of device that you can take with you almost anywhere.
Founded in 2016, this young startup began its mission to deliver high-quality cameras to consumers at an affordable price.
One of the hallmarks of a great product is how easy it is to set up and use. In this case, it’s just a matter of plugging in the device and downloading the LyfieView200 app.
LyfieEye is the first truly affordable spherical 360° camcorder that plugs directly into your Android smartphone. It will allow you to record, playback and share live-like spherical 360° videos and photos.
Compatible with Android devices 5.0+, and Windows 7 and higher, what we are looking at is a 360⁰ camera capable of a maximum resolution of 2880X1440p that fits in nearly any pocket.
Part of the appeal here is the 360-degree aspect involved, which achieved by two dual Super-Fisheye lenses.
Users can experience the beauty of VR and AR via the LyfieRoam and LyfieStroll apps.
When used in the first mode, the camera will automatically take spherical pictures of any indoor or outdoor space, which can be viewed using a virtual reality headset.
It’s like vacationing in another country and reliving your experience at a later date.
It adds a bit of immersive nostalgia, which is hard to replicate by traditional methods at best.
The second mode is all about augmented reality. Users can walk into any environment and view AR objects and notes with the help of Deep Learning Technology, much like what we saw with Pokemon Go.
eCapture Technologies managed to integrate their patented circuit chip which helps in processing and altering the content that is being rendered. It then transfers all that data to your smartphone.
Sharing your content is easily done through the LyfieView app, which allows you to upload your photos and videos to the most popular social media networks.
It’s a relatively simple concept which is hard to execute when you factor in the weight of the device and the technology involved.
LyfieEye200 certainly delivers on the affordable side of the spectrum when you consider the $115 price.
Other competing brands cost much more which leaves the majority of consumers out of the equation.
Just in case you want to know, here are the technical details:
- Image resolution: 2880×1440 (JPG) / 2160×1080 (JPG)
- Video resolution: 2880×1440 (@30FPS) / 2160×1080 (@30FPS)
- Live streaming: 1440p / 1080p
- Single video file storage limit: 3.7GB
- Size W x H x D (mm): 38.69 x 37.59 x 21.71
- Interface: USB type-C (U2/U3)
- Input voltage rating: 5V ± 0.25V
- Power consumption: <1.5W
- ESD: 4KV air, 8KV contact
- Price: USD 159 – 209 (with and without accessories)
I’ve noticed a few price drops during this crowdfunding campaign, which significantly lowers the barrier to entry for a lot of us.
As of this writing, there is $44% off the $159 price, which drops LyfieEye200 down to $89 USD.
At this point, there only seems to be support for Android device. Until eCapture unveils a target date for iOS, we can only speculate at this point.