PanaCast is a revolutionary new HD video camera system that delivers immersive, real-time 200° panoramic video experience with up to 60 FPS (Frames Per Second) and HD audio to anyone, anywhere, with an Internet connection.
The system consists of three parts: an innovative camera, the PanaCast Cloud, and PanaCast Clients.
The PanaCast camera is an “ultra-low latency panoramic-HD multi-imager video camera and integrated streaming server.” It’s new, patented technology that captures and distributes video in a sweeping perspective that matches the field of vision of a person in the room.
The PanaCast Cloud distributes, high quality, ultra widescreen, and encrypted video to people with authorization to view it on computers, smartphones and tablets running the Panacast App.
Now here is where it really gets cool. Everyone viewing the live event has the power to pan and zoom independently of everyone else with a swipe of a finger to turn and a pinch to zoom. That means you could zoom in on whoever is speaking, while I zoom in on the whiteboard, and someone else can look at everyone around the table.
For three years, a company called Altia Systems in Cupertino, California has been working on the PanaCast experience under the radar of competitors like Cisco. Cisco charges thousands of dollars for its teleconferencing systems. In contrast, PanaCast is available immediately for an introductory price of $600 plus a subscription fee of $19/month per user to take advantage of the full immersive experience.
The camera also works with Skype and Google Hangouts.
“Panoramic video available at consumer price points will revolutionize how we use video conferencing, webcams and phones,” Amer Haider, Vice President of Corporate and Business Development at Cavium. “Altia’s panoramic video consume camera design and multisensor video stitching technology married with Cavium’s low latency HD encoder will fuel next generation video enabled applications with a panoramic view.”
PanaCast was launched on Kickstarter and raised $49,107 with a goal of $15,000.
This video shows the PanaCast system in action: