You know those super-intense, first-person GoPro videos that put you in the middle of a surfing or skydiving session? You might soon be watching them in virtual reality. At Re/code's 2015 Code Conference, the mountable action-cam maker announced a prototype for a special rig due later this year that can capture VR using six different GoPro cameras.
Dubbed the Six-Camer Spherical Array, GoPro's upcoming rig will support up to six of the company's Hero4 cameras at once, which will work together to capture immersive photos and videos. According to Re/code, pictures and videos captured using the rig can be blended together into a single 6K resolution spherical image using Kolor, the 360-degree image-stitching app that GoPro now owns.
GoPro's upcoming VR rig won't be for everybody -- even with no price set for the accessory, the cost of six Hero4 cameras can add up to as much as $3,000. At the Code Conference, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman admitted to Re/code that the first version of the rig will likely be adopted by professionals who are passionate about video editing and already own a host of GoPro cameras.
Woodman did, however, note that the company's elaborate invention could get consumers excited about the potential of VR. The first wave of consumer-targeted virtual reality headsets are on the horizon, with the HTC Vive due this November, and the Oculus Rift slated for an early 2016 release.
GoPro also announced that it is working on its own quadcopter drone, which is due in the first half of 2016. The company's cameras can already be mounted to a wealth of existing drones, such as the 3D Robotics Iris+ and the DJI Phantom Aerial UAV. For those already capturing video from their existing drones, GoPro plans to continue supporting third-party products, even after its own quadcopter takes flight.