Go­Pro an­nounces plan to buy vir­tual re­al­ity firm Kolor

The China Post - - BUSINESS INDEX & -

The com­pany that makes the popular Go­Pro cam­eras an­nounced plans Tues­day to buy Kolor, a French-based firm spe­cial­iz­ing in vir­tual re­al­ity and other video tech­nolo­gies.

Kolor is known for “spher­i­cal me­dia” tech­nol­ogy which en­ables video and tele­vi­sion images to be dis­played on a glo­belike de­vice.

Terms of the deal were not dis­closed.

Kolor em­ploy­ees will join Go­Pro and will main­tain op­er­a­tions at their head­quar­ters in Savoie, France, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from Cal­i­for­nia-based Go­Pro.

Kolor has been part of an al­liance aimed at de­vel­op­ing fu­ture tele­vi­sion tech­nolo­gies that give view­ers a panoramic or vir­tual re­al­ity per­spec­tive. Some of those images were dis­played at this year’s Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show in Las Ve­gas.

It uses “im­age- stitch­ing” tech­nol­ogy to com­bine mul­ti­ple pho­to­graphs or videos to pro­duce high-res­o­lu­tion panoramic or spher­i­cal con­tent that can be shown on a va­ri­ety of de­vices or screens.

The com­pa­nies said in a state­ment that spher­i­cal me­dia “en­ables a range of im­mer­sive view­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and is an es­sen­tial build­ing block of vir­tual re­al­ity, a tech­nol­ogy poised to trans­form en­ter­tain­ment, ed­u­ca­tion and other in­dus­tries.”

“We are ex­cited to wel­come Kolor to Go­Pro,” said Ni­cholas Wood­man, Go­Pro’s founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive.

“Go­Pro’s cap­ture de­vices and Kolor’s soft­ware will com­bine to de­liver ex­cit­ing and highly ac­ces­si­ble so­lu­tions for cap­tur­ing, cre­at­ing and shar­ing spher­i­cal con­tent.”

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