You don’t need a high-tech crystal ball to see virtual reality (VR) looming on the horizon. The stage was already set last year for this 2017 blockbuster. Innovative 360-degree cameras record anything and everything that is stationary or moving in a three-dimensional space and is of any interest to people. The subjects can then be replicated in a virtual world and made accessible to far-away audiences or those who are tied to their current location. Besides using VR for pure entertainment or education, the technology can undoubtedly also be put to use in critical and practical applications. However, making sure images are as true-to-life as possible requires not just the right kind of camera, but also a suitable means of getting the camera into the heart of the action. While drones are increasingly taking care of aerial views, what can be used on a more down-to-earth level?
Kid’s Plates Inc. from this year’s partner country Japan is unveiling the answer with its Dolly360. The remote-controlled Dolly360 is the perfect custom-built vehicle for shooting 360-degree footage in cramped conditions at ground level – where drones, you might say, fear to tread. It is superbly maneuverable and moves extremely smoothly even at very low speeds. This makes it perfect for covering large expanses of terrain – such as zoos, leisure parks, tourist attractions and museums – to take three-dimensional footage for creating virtual reality worlds.