Based on how things are moving along, it would certainly seem like virtual reality is the next big thing in tech. In fact some have even billed it as the last medium we can expect, but whether or not you agree with that statement is a debate for another day. However if you’re looking to hop on board the virtual reality bandwagon but can’t afford the gear, you’re in luck.
There is a Kickstarter project for an iPhone camera lens called SHOT. What SHOT does is it takes your iPhone and turns it into a virtual reality camera. How does it work, you ask? It works by cleverly combining two specially chosen fisheye lenses. The end result is a lens that can capture 360-degree photos, and 235-degree videos.
Now ideally you would want 360-degree videos but we suppose due to limitations, 235-degree is the best it can do. However based on what we’ve seen, it still ends up offering a pretty decent virtual reality experience with just enough panning to make things interesting. It will work nicely with Google Cardboard and there’s even a plan for its own social network where users can upload their virtual reality photos and videos.
We have to admit it is a pretty clever idea, although 360-degree video would have been ideal. However if you already have an iPhone and want to shake things up a bit, SHOT will only set you back 80 which is definitely cheaper than buying new camera equipment. To learn more check out the video above, or head on over to its Kickstarter page to pledge your support.