Google to Test New NCTech 360-Degree Street View Camera
Camera can produce 60-megapixel spherical images
NCTech, a developer of reality imaging systems, has revealed a new 360-degree camera designed to be mounted on any vehicle to capture and generate virtual street-level imagery. Google is set to trial the new camera for Street View capture in three countries.
“We are keen to explore technologies that can help increase the volume and frequency of data uploaded to Street View,” says Charles Armstrong, Street View product manager at Google. “NCTech is a truly pioneering company — they continue to set the bar in spatial reconstruction by blending futuristic tech with accessible design and price points, and we look forward to seeing the results of our pilot with their new camera.”
With a 360-by-300-degree field of view, the new camera captures data at five frames per second to produce 60-megapixel spherical images. The Street View auto ready camera is designed to collect data from any moving vehicle for Google’s Street View platform and other platforms. The new camera will be available in the fourth quarter of 2017.
“We’re delighted that Google will pilot our new camera in support of its Street View offering,” says Cameron Ure, CEO of NCTech. “With this new camera, we aim to enable a further wave of expansion in digitizing the planet with the goal of increasing the 10 million miles per year currently available online, to one billion miles per year.”
The new camera utilizes Intel technology and will be the first to adopt NCTech’s Intelligent Capture System, a cloud-based system that talks to each camera, ensuring that the data collected is unique and manages disk space on the camera.
NCTech also announced a second new Street View compatible product, the VRC (Virtual Reality Camera). The new low-cost consumer camera will provide 3D virtualization of interior places, capturing 360-degree images and depth, allowing viewers to explore in full immersive virtual reality.
NCTech designs and manufactures 360-degree reality imaging systems that automate and streamline the workflow of image documentation and can be used repeatedly, accurately and consistently by anyone anywhere. NCTech is headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is funded by Archangel Investors Ltd and the Scottish Co-Investment Fund.