Established in 2016, startup Weeview aims to to design technology that’s ‘ahead of the curve,’ and its first product, the Eye-Plug plug-in 3D camera accessory that turns your smartphone into a virtual reality device, certainly delivered. Hardware and software engineers, experienced in the areas of optical design, application development, computer vision, and 3D spatial visualization, make up the Weeview team, and they’ve been hard at work since the Eye-Plug was introduced last year.
Weeview, a leading 3D technology video recording company, recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for its latest product: SID, the first 3D camera in the world that features augmented reality special effects. The product, a Kickstarter staff pick, reached its funding goal in less than 48 hours! There are still 26 days left in the campaign, but as of today, it has already surpassed 200% of its original funding goal; in addition, the campaign’s first Stretch Goal was reached a few days ago, so SID camera backers will also receive a free 32G Micro SD memory card with the SID unit.
The lightweight 3D camera, which Weeview touts as the “next revolution in 3D storytelling,” weighs just a little more than two ounces, and was designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand, with dimensions of 3.2″ x 1.6″ x 0.8″. It comes in white and black, and offers easy, affordable, and shake-free 3D content creation with the exclusive SID Camera Kit. Just attach the SID to your smartphone with Weeview’s custom Gimbal to see what’s recording on your phone while you record it; the SID is also compatible with existing GoPro Gimbals.
Viewers can really relive an experience, thanks to SID’s stereoscopic effect 3D recording; in order to get different stereoscopic effects, users can just adjust the parallax video setting in the SID app. SID users can also add engaging, augmented reality effects to their 3D videos – just don’t forget to put on virtual reality goggles, like the Oculus Rift headset, to enjoy the augmented reality effects of the video.
The live stream option actually lets you live stream your video in full 3D: simply attach the SID to your laptop or smartphone to start live streaming for all of your social media friends to enjoy. The Smart Highlight and Auto Follow features work in tandem to make sure that your 3D video is perfect every time. Smart Highlight lets you zoom in to a close-up shot in certain parts of the video during streaming, and no matter what’s going on in the background, the Auto Follow technology never loses sight of the main star of the video: you.
The really interesting feature is the SID’s Selfie Wiggle Gram, which takes a still photo and makes it come alive: the photo is wiggled just slightly from left to right, and could just be the next big trend in today’s selfie picture culture. The exclusive Weeview app is available for both iOS and Android phones, and streamlines the experience through its interface to meet the needs of all VR creators, from the beginners to the most advanced.
George Hsieh, Weeview CEO, said, “Since our most memorable moments are unplanned, with the handy SID we can easily capture, share and relive these memories in 3D without sacrificing quality or convenience. And in the past, recording in 3D was almost unthinkable because of how expensive and complicated the equipment was, but now with SID anyone can start recording videos in 3D like a pro without costing a fortune.”
Reward fulfillment for the SID Kickstarter campaign will begin this August. The SID 3D Camera will retail for $299, and while all of the $159 Super Early Bird Camera Pack rewards have been snapped up already, the $179 Early Bird Camera Pack is still available, which comes with the SID 3D camera, user manual, compatible USB cable, and a camera protection bag. The Early Bird Cinematic Kit, which will cost $269, also includes a hands-free phone extension holder and a custom 3-axis Gimbal. Discuss in the Weeview forum at 3DPB.com.