NTT-DoCoMo

NTT Docomo the well-known Telecom provider in Japan has now developed the World’s First 360-degree 8K VR Live Video Streaming and Viewing System. The new 8K VR is made to telecast live events in 360 degrees 8K VR Video. The new 8K VR headset will make the user feel that they are actually present at the event.

NTT Docomo face a lot of difficulties to process the 4 x 4K video for real-time stitching and compression into 360° 8K video but was made possible with the help of field programmable gate array (FPGA) for extra-fast processing and an algorithm for high-density mounting (maximizes FPGA processing) at 30 frames per second (fps).

8K VR headset

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The new 8K VR headset will display the only video corresponding to the user’s viewing direction needs to be displayed and also comes with Panorama Cho Engine encoder is used which enable real-time operation, thereby reducing the processing demands for live transmission.

The new 8K VR comes with equipment that joins together nearly five 4K fisheye videos from five outward-facing cameras in real time at 30fps, an 8K H.264 encoder for real-time compression, the real-time Panorama Cho Engine encoder to divide the 360° 8K video into multi-direction tiles, and a server to transmit tiles according to the user’s viewing direction.

The new 8K VR headset is showcased at DOCOMO 5G Open Lab Yotsuya.

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