Flying EYE Virtual Reality Drone Launches for Live Broadcasting

360 Designs has released the Flying EYE, a virtual reality (VR), live-streaming drone based on the DJI Matrice 600 series of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Using 360 Designs’ custom wireless transmission system, Breeze, the drone can broadcast VR streams to YouTube, Facebook or VR headsets.

Suited for 360-degree video, the UAV has applications for traditional TV broadcasting; the company says it recently demonstrated how to extract a 2D, high-definition feed from live, 360-degree footage.

The company adds that the system offers near-uncompressed, low-latency (less than 1 second) 6K video and has a streaming video range of more than 5 miles.

In addition, the proprietary Breeze 6K wireless transmission system pairs with an integrated live stitching system – in turn, removing the need to stitch 360-degree video footage later.

The Flying EYE system includes a Matrice 600 hexacopter; a choice of VR camera (360 Designs’ Mini EYE 3 or other SDI/HDMI cameras); a camera stabilization system; the Breeze wireless transmission and stitching system (includes ground station); and a waterproof Pelican case. Existing owners of Matrice 600 drones can purchase the Breeze system separately, the company notes.

“We wanted to create a broadcast-quality, live, 360-[degree] drone platform for professionals so they can create stunning, live, VR productions with or without the drone in shot,” explains Alx Klive, CEO of 360 Designs. “The sky is no longer the limit.”

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