A Virtual Reality Reporter Needs a Hat

Visiting places and events using a phone and a headset seemed wildly fictional even just a 18 months ago. Not anymore. Immersive 360 videos, viewed on a virtual reality headset are quickly changing the way we communicate, experience, and learn. With this shift will come a new group of content professionals, VR reporters, that document and sell 360 experiences so that we could be anywhere we ever wanted to. Paid per hour for shooting and editing, a VR reporter will record, stream and annotate a 360 documentation of an event or a place that you could not go to, may that be Art Basel, MET Ball, Machu Picchu, or a family event in another side of the world.

The same way that Google Street View cameras capture the cities and suburbs we live in, VR reporters will capture panoramic views of public and private events, interiors, and places that are not accessible with a car. Most likely, a pro VR reporter will not walk around with holding a camera or a tripod in her hands. Nor will she use duck tape to attach the camera in a bicycle or motorcycle helmet. Just think about it, a VR reporter is such a cool job, that it deserves a decent looking, recording head piece.

But what could it look like?

Fascinated by the possible answers to the question, I spent a wonderfully relaxing creative day crafting a couple of prototypes. First, I drove to Jo-Ann’s Fabric in Mountain View to get the essential materials: styrofoam shapes, felt, a staple gun, glue, decorative nails, and stretchy fabric. Three hours later, I had two prototypes in my hands.

VR reporter hat 1: Dome

Model 1 is a mixture of an Asian conical hat and a combat helmet. It carries small HD cameras embedded in the rim, allowing high precision panoramic documentation of the surrounding. Covers eyes from the sun, ideal for 360 mapping and virtual tour creation in any weather conditions. Materials: Styrofoam, decorative nails, fabric.

VR reporter hat 2: Pillbox

Model 2 is a variation of the classic pillbox hat carrying a death star looking Sphericam V2 on top of a flat felt disk. A bold design solution for events with a formal dress code. Light structure lets the reporter keep hands free and move in a smaller or larger crowds capturing a first row view at fashion shows, galas, weddings and other hi-profile events!

Which one do you like better, the Dome or the Pillbox? What kind of hat would you wear yourself?

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