Sphericam ends successful Kickstarter with $460K

As huge companies like Oculus Rift and Samsung work furiously to create the best virtual reality viewing platform, Sphericam has been created to fill a growing market void of actually creating that virtual reality content. (PRNewsFoto/Sphericam)

As huge companies like Oculus Rift and Samsung work furiously to create the best virtual reality viewing platform, Sphericam has been created to fill a growing market void of actually creating that virtual reality content. (PRNewsFoto/Sphericam)

Sphericam, a mid-range 360-degree camera, completed its Kickstarter today with over $460,000 raised on a campaign target of $150,000.

This means the project achieved its first two stretch goals — producing the camera in multiple colors, and making it dust-proof and water-resistant.

The tennis-ball-sized camera was priced at between $1,300 and $1,700 for its Kickstarter supporters, with shipping estimated for this December.

The camera can be used to make 360-degree videos that can be watched on any computer or smartphone in regular mode and, on Google Cardboard headsets, in immersive virtual reality mode.

Typical applications include real estate walk-throughs, first-person experiences such as bike rides or parachute jumps, concerts, immersive storytelling, and more.

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