GoPro’s Insane ‘Odyssey’ 16-Camera Virtual Reality Rig To Sell For $15,000

Google's making a push for 360-degree videos on its YouTube service with GoPro as a key partner. You might recall that GoPro was present at Google I/O where it unveiled a contraption of GoPro Hero cameras arranged in a circle. That contraption is now called Odyssey and it's being made available in limited quantity.

Odyssey is an array of 16 Hero4 black cameras, each fully loaded with custom firmware. It offers features such as genlock camera synchronization and multi-camera control, and has "extended battery life," GoPro says. It's designed to work with Google's 3D, 360-degree virtual reality program called Jump.

Odyssey Package

"Virtual reality is a promising new innovation with incredible potential for commercial and artistic applications. With Odyssey and Jump, GoPro is encouraging content creators to pioneer the new technology - to capture, edit and share immersive content," said Tony Bates, president of GoPro. "We already know that GoPro users are some of the most talented content creators in the world, so we can't wait to see how the professional community will use Odyssey to capture life's most memorable moments in a whole new way."

GoPro Odyssey

Google's Jump assembler taps into the cloud to compile video shot with GoPro's Odyssey, which is then presented in stereoscopic VR for VR headsets. You can catch a glimpse of what's possible by manipulating the YouTube video below.

Odyssey is being made available through GoPro's Odyssey Limited Access Program (LAP), though getting in is only half the challenge. The other half is coming up with the $15,000 asking price. That includes the Odyssey panoramic capture rig, 16 Hero4 black cameras, 16 array BacPacs, 16 microSD cards, cables and accessories, and a Pelican carrying case.