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An Interview with Sphericam Founder Jeffrey Martin About VR Imaging

July 29, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Michael Archambault / PetaPixel

We spoke with the founder of Sphericam, Jeffrey Martin, on the future of the company's 360-degree spherical camera lineup and where virtual reality imaging may be headed in the next decade. The Sphericam 2 has already surpassed its Kickstarter funding goal of $150,000, collecting over $400,000, with two days of the campaign remaining. Dive into this interview to learn what challenges the team faced and what they have around the corner.

Where did the original inspiration for the first Sphericam device come from - what set you out on the journey?

I started a company called 360 Cities, which is a publishing and licensing platform for 360-degree photographers. I've always been fascinated with panoramic photos and spherical imaging, so turning those photos into a video isn't very difficult when you are thinking about it all the time.

I soldered together some cheap analog CCTV cameras with little tiny fisheye lenses and stuck the device through the sunroof of my friend's car; it was connected to an 8-channel DVR card which cost a couple hundred bucks and recorded crappy analog VGA video.

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