VR Still a Novelty, but Google Light-Field Technology Could Make It Serious Art
To make the device, Debevec and his team modified an existing rig, made up of a circle of 16 connected GoPro cameras, that Google introduced for professional VR content creators in 2015. But instead of building a spherical camera as some others (Facebook among them) have done, they connected the cameras in a vertical arc and placed the whole thing on a tripod with a motor and a battery. This let the contraption spin slowly in a circle and capture a sphere’s worth of images.
To produce an even fuller picture, a low-tech accessory—a bearing and a piece of twine—can help it slowly drop as it rotates.