Ricoh THETA R Development Kit announced!!!

Ricoh announces industry’s first camera to deliver up to 24 hours of fully spherical, 360-degree live streaming video

Spherical live video streams expected to have wide range of potential applications in entertainment, telepresence, computer vision, and more; available spring 2017

“Ricoh has announced a new camera aimed specifically at 360-degree live streaming and app development. The Ricoh R Developer Kit includes a camera capable of live streaming 360 video with 2K resolution at 30 fps. The camera can live stream for up to 24 hours running via and AC adapter, and can output live video over HDMI or USB. The kit will go on sale in spring 2017 and includes a camera stand, an SDK and source code to encourage third parties to build apps for it.”



Ricoh today announced the industry’s first camera capable of delivering up to 24 continuous hours of fully spherical, 360-degree live video streams. Being unveiled and demonstrated in Las Vegas at CES 2017, the camera and related technology will be sold as the Ricoh R Development Kit and be available in spring 2017.

Live streaming of fully spherical video is an emerging technology, with content creation, distribution and viewing still largely in their infancy. Following a series of beta tests with a diverse group of customers – ranging from a live concert produced by a leading entertainment company to an internet high school enrollment ceremony where students “participated” via live streaming video on virtual reality (VR) headsets – Ricoh has determined there is significant business potential for this new technology.

Applications for a compact camera capable of continuous, high-quality and fully spherical video streaming are wide ranging, and Ricoh anticipates the new technology will be embraced by industries including entertainment, gaming, education, scientific research, and many others. For this reason, it is initially offering the camera as part of a development kit to allow third parties to create applications that will enable its use in a variety of environments and industries.

Using Ricoh’s original fully spherical imaging technology, the RICOH R Development Kit can live stream fully spherical 360-degree image in 2K resolution at 30 frames per second. A unique and first-of-its-kind feature of the RICOH R technology is that the video is stitched within the camera in real time to the Equirectangular Projection Format, which is the standard format for fully spherical images. Video is then output via HDMI® or USB, and—by using an AC power adapter – continuous, live streaming up to 24 hours is possible. To keep the camera thin and lightweight, it records onto a micro SD card.

The RICOH R Development Kit consists of the camera, camera stand, downloadable software development kit (SDK), plus image-control tools and source code. The prototype is being showcased at CES 2017 at South Hall 2F, #26717.

A spherical camera that can live stream for 24 hours
*Uses an AC adapter

  • Outputs spherical full HD videos at 30 fps
  • Real-time stitching in the camera of the two fisheye lens videos
  • Spherical video can be output to HDMI or USB
  • Spherical video can be recorded on a microSD card
  • Built-in monaural microphone
  • Can be controlled with video settings via USB
  • Prepare an image control tool for PC/Mac
  • The source code for the video control tool will be publicly released
  • Compact body size



 Video Quality: 1920 x 960, Equirectangular Projection, 30fps
*1080 stretching of vertical resolution to output in full HD
HDMI Video Out: Full HD, 59.94i
USB Video Out: Full HD, 29.97fps
Video Out Connector: Micro HDMI Type-D, Micro USB
Audio Out: Built-in monaural microphone
Video Recording Media: MicroSD card *Up to 32 GB
Video File Format: MP4
External Power Input: MicroUSB, 5 V/2.1 A
Usage Temperature Range: 0℃ – 40℃
External Dimensions: 46mm(W) x 118mm(H) x 16.6mm(D)


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