Google looks for content makers to test its Jump VR video camera

Google may have a strong interest in applicants who have creative backgrounds, like film making and directing


The GoPro Jump Rig at Google I/O 2015.

Credit: IDG News Service

If you're an aspiring virtual reality content producer, Google wants to give you a chance to test the Jump camera system it developed for recording video to be used in VR environments.

People interested in trying their hand at capturing 360-degree video with Jump can fill out a form Google posted on Monday that asks basic biographical questions as well as details on how they would use the system.

Google didn't say how many "select creators" it would chose, but those who are picked will be able to start using the 16-camera rig this summer.

Google seems especially interested in people with creative backgrounds. The jobs that people can select in the form's occupation section include filmmaker, director, artist and production staff -- but there is an "other" section that allows write-ins if none of the above apply.

There's also a section where applicants can explain why they want to test Jump -- and "awesome answers might put you at the top of the list," Google said.

Google worked with GoPro to build Jump, which has 16 of the company's Hero4 cameras attached to a circular frame. Jump's price and availability weren't provided when the rig was shown at Google's I/O developer's conference in May. However, given that a Hero4 camera retails for approximately US$500, initial Jump buyers will likely have deep pockets.

The first videos created with Jump will appear on YouTube this summer, Google said at I/O. People will be able to experience them via the Google Cardboard viewer.

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