IFA 2017 | Acer showcases 360-degree cameras with LTE connectivity
Acer had a lot to reveal during its [email protected] press conference and one of the announcements to come out of it was about the LTE connected Holo360 and Vision360 cameras. Both seem to serve different use cases so lets have a more closer look at each of them.
The Holo360 camera integrates LTE connectivity with the help of Qualcomm's Connected Camera Platform and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC that allows the camera to record 360-degree 4K videos.The Holo360 can record and stitch videos in real-time and comes with a 3-inch touchscreen. It can livestream the recorded videos as well. The optics are panamorphic and certified by ImmerVision for consistent high-resolution image capture without distortions. Apart from recording 4K videos, it can take still photos at 6.9K resolution. The Holo360 runs on Android 7.1, which enables the user to perform most of functions without needing a smartphone or a PC. Acer says the camera will be available in North America bundled with a water-resistant case, from November for US$429 and in EMEA from Q4 2017 with prices starting from €349.
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Acer bills the Vision360 camera as a cloud-connected driving experience. The Vision360 comprises of two ultra-high quality cameras that together provide a 360-degree coverage in full 4K. The camera has a built-in GPS that is triggered when a car meets with a collision. The GPS coordinate data is stored securely in the camera and also uploaded to the cloud. The Vision360 is mounted on the car windshield and aligned with the driver's line of sight. The camera also displays the current speed of the vehicle. It can also record videos when the car is parked and send a notification to the user's smartphone in the event of a parking collision. The placing of the camera also affords recording of driving experiences in action-cam quality that can can be played back on a VR headset. Pricing and availability of the Vision360 are yet to be disclosed.
Acer Press Release