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Physical Camera To Capture Virtual Worlds? Yes. It Exists.

HTC's VIVE VR headset now has an add-on accessory allowing you to capture virtual worlds physically.

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Dotdotdash VR camera

Ever wished you could capture images while playing a video game, and actually feel like you're holding a camera in the process? Now you can, as HTC have announced an add-on to their VIVE headset called the VIVE tracker that allows you to bring real world objects into virtual reality games. Dotdotdash have created the VR camera device, called the D3-U.

The D3-U is actually the world's first camera for virtual worlds. The device has been described by dotdotdash, the company that created it, as "an advanced image capture device that features a holographic viewfinder, physical controls at the user’s fingertips, and a lightweight, balanced body."


dotdotdash in use

To showcase the capabilities of the device, dotdotdash created a virtual reality experience where the aim is to capture images of a strange alien lifeform. The virtual camera even features different filters for photographers to take advantage of, including X-Ray, subatomic and thermal. 

Virtual images captured in the game can actually be printed out, too, giving a physical keepsake of a virtual experience. It's pretty cool, and could hail a new photography trend.

Source: PetaPixel

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