The RICOH R Development Kit that was first shown to the public at Mobile World Congress this spring is now shipping and available to order for $499. The camera is capable of live-streaming fully spherical, 360-degree video in 2K resolution at 30 frames per second. The footage is stitched on the device in real time to fit the standard Equirectangular Projection Format. Streaming video can be output via HDMI or USB, and, when using a power adapter, continuously up to 24 hours. The camera can also record onto a micro SD card.

The kit consists of the camera, camera stand, a software development kit (SDK) as well as image-control tools and source code. Thanks to an open API the camera is controllable via USB. Potential applications include live streaming of events, telepresence, computer vision and surveillance.

The kit includes a camera stand and an SDK and source code to encourage third parties to build apps for it. Along with the camera hardware the following items have been made available:

  • "RICOH R Console” image-control tool (for PC/Mac)
  • "RICOH R Console” source code *through GitHub
  • Guide on how to do 360-degree live stream on YouTube
  • Users’ forum for developers
  • Other technical information, tools

Full technical specifications and more information can be found on the Ricoh website.