Users will be able to stream live 360° video on Facebook using the GIROPTIC IO camera, after an agreement between the two companies. The partnership was announced on Facebook’s second day of its F8 conference and attendees were given the camera free of charge, instead of the usual $249 (£195 approx.) retail price. The IO is a 360°device that lets you stream directly to YouTube, Periscope and Facebook. It aims to offer viewers a life-like immersive experience, as part of a compact form factor. It is compatible with the iPhone and also now Android via a USB type C or microUSB connection.
Richard Ollier, co-founder and CEO of GIROPTIC, said in a press release: “We worked closely with Facebook to ensure that the GIROPTIC iO would deliver a smooth 360° live streaming experience.” Pascal Brochier, president and COO of the company, said: “We believe putting the GIROPTIC iO in the hands of F8 attendees and the developer community will unlock even more exciting uses for 360.
“The freedom of field of view offered by 360 coupled with live streaming technology enables people to experience moments in an unprecedented way. We are grateful for our partnership with Facebook and excited to see the new ways people will capture and share key moments of their lives in 360.”