Google launches Jump, an ecosystem for VR videos

The Google Jump camera array built out of GoPro cameras. (Image courtesy Google.)

The Google Jump camera array built out of GoPro cameras. (Image courtesy Google.)

Google’s new Jump platform combines blueprints for a 360-degree camera rig, software that automatically assembles the videos into 3D footage, and a mobile app that can play the videos.

Like with Google Cardboard, any manufacturer can create Jump-compatible cameras. Filmmakers can also make their own using off-the shelf cameras such as the GoPro, or 3D printers. Or even cardboard.

And, as with Google Cardboard, Google Jump is likely to jump-start an entire industry of low-cost virtual reality filmmaking.

Watch the presentation at the Google I/O conference below, or read more about it at The Verge.

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Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.