All-rounded live streaming
Ricoh’s 360-degree live streaming R Developer Kit begins shipping.
Early this year, the Ricoh R Developer Kit was revealed at CES 2017. The camera was developed and aimed specifically at live streaming 360-degree video. Moreover, the Developer Kit would also give developers the ability to come up with apps that would work with the device.
During CES, Ricoh said that the new camera kit would see sale and delivery around Spring 2017, and true to its word, the company is delivering on the promise. The Ricoh R Developer Kit is now available to order for US$499 (approx. RM2,137). The camera is capable of live streaming fully-spherical, 360-degree video in 2K resolution, and at 30 fps.
The kit will consist of the camera itself, a camera stand, a software development kit (SDK), as well as image control tools and source code. Ricoh said that they hope the SDK and source code will encourage third-party developers to build apps for the camera. Besides the camera hardware, the kit will also include a Ricoh R Console image control tool, the Ricoh R Console source code, a guide on how to do 360-degree live streaming on YouTube, information on user’s forum for developers, and other tools and technical information.