Virtual-reality headsets to provide immersive video

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As the availability of virtual-reality headsets draws near, their application is expected to go beyond video games to 360-degree immersion in prerecorded and live video. As of press time, two brands of virtual-reality headsets are in production: Project Morpheus from Sony and Oculus Rift from Oculus VR, which Facebook bought in April 2014.

A technology startup, Jaunt, designed a camera array that captures audio and video on all sides at once. The company created short movies to exhibit the 360-degree technology, depicting a biker riding around the camera in a skate park and Shaolin monks training in a field. Jens Christensen, who is the CEO and co-founder of Jaunt, envisions users creating short videos that people can watch again and again, like YouTube videos.