If there was a product that could construct you dig out your dust-collecting GoPro from the misc drawer and turn it into a 3D-filming camera, would you buy it? Of course you would; 737 people said yes, please in theVitrima Indiegogocampaign, backing itto breathe some life into their GoPros. Shipping today, the product are provided to order for $145 from the companys website.
With the Vitrima 3D video lens, GoPro HERO3 and HERO4 users are offered the option to add a layer of immersionto their action-camera antics. The product essentially adds a pair of periscopes to your GoPro. On the left side of the camera it films the left eye, and Ill leave it to an exercise for the reader to figure out what happens on the other side of the general assembly. The video can be viewed back without any additional processing; play it on your phone using a Google Cardboard-type setup and youre good to go with beautiful 3D video. Cheap, cheerful and easy as can be.
With the Vitrima lens, GoPro users are not only recording a video but a full experience that is likely to be relived, Colin Marshall, vice president of Vitrima told me. We set out to create a 3D GoPro camera that not only allowed GoPro fans to share their experiences with anyone and everyone, but also is simple to use and affordable.
The Vitrima product is fairly similar to Klas 3D beam splitter lens for SLR cameras. Incidentally, Kla recently announced Bebe, a version aimed at smartphone users. Alongside Vitrimas GoPro version, it looks like this marketplace is now filling up with options for fans of lens-splitting 3D photographs and video footage.
For such a simple solution, youd be forgiven for thinking that the final result doesnt is so great, but youd be wrong. Check out the video below, for example, showing beautifully how the technology runs. The Vitrima has an edge over Klas products, reflecting its action athletics credentials: By sealing the unit, it means its far easier to clean the lenses when they invariably get contained within snow, dirt, water or whatever else the byproducts of your no doubt tech-unfriendly extreme athletics life might be.