The Eye Mirror Lens is a new Kickstarter project that is aiming to turn any camera into a device capable of recording 360-degree videos and images.
During the past few months we have seen plenty of cameras capable of capturing 360-degree photos and videos. We are not used with this large field-of-view therefore we think that it is very cool to see the world in a different way.
Unfortunately, these devices are usually expensive and you would have to carry around an extra gadget beside your camera and smartphone.
What if you could integrate one another and use them at the same time for a common goal? Well, the answer is called Eye Mirror Lens and it is available for pre-order on Kickstarter.
Eye Mirror Lens reflects a 360-degree image on a camera’s sensor to help you record 360-degree videos
The project requires funding in order to become a reality so this is why you should know that the £14,000 target amount has already been reached.
The Eye Mirror Lens can be attached to any camera in front of its lens. The “mirror” name is not accidental as the device reflects a 360-degree image to the camera’s sensor, which then records all the 360-degree action.
GoPro Hero users can capture videos at 3040 x 3040 resolution and 22 fps
UK-based creators, Dan Burton and Thomas Seidl, are claiming that the device works with any camera in the world. Popular choices are the models compatible with GoPro Hero cameras: GP360A and GP360B.
The former is compatible with the GoPro Hero 1, Hero 2, Hero 3 White, Hero 3 Silver, Hero 3+ Silver, but will require a loosened or replacement lens in order to work. The latter is compatible with the Black models of the Hero 3 and Hero 3+, while needing a replacement lens.
The benefits are 360-degree videos at 2160 x 2160 resolution and 14 frames per second or 1524 x 1524 at 30fps. The advantage of having the Black models is a custom firmware, which allows users to capture movies at a resolution of up to 3040 x 3040 pixels and 22fps.
Regular 360-degree videos not enough for you? 3D should do the job then
As the world’s thirst for technological advancements cannot be contained, Dan Burton and Thomas Seidl have come up with the idea of making the Eye Mirror Lens compatible with the Oculus Rift.
The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality head-mounted display, which has also been funded successfully courtesy of Kickstarter. The Eye Mirror Lens will double the resolution and will not stretch the footage. It should display videos at 60fps so that it will not appear “unreal” to the human eye.
Moreover, this device is said to be compatible with a special underwater casing, so videographers can go sight-seeing the corals and record their journey in the process.
At the time of writing this article, the project has 18 more days to acquire funds. If you want one, then you can still get it, so head over to the official Kickstarter page and donate.