Camera Offers 360 Degree View Of Refugee Crisis

As two boats land on the Greek island of Lesbos, the refugees packed into them shout out and throw their life jackets into the water. They can't get off quickly enough.

A mother sits on the sand, catching her breath, bare-footed, cuddling her children. There's a sudden bang as a man slashes the inflatable boats with a knife. Two friends hug each other.

The migrants, likes hundreds of thousands before them, have arrived safely on European soil after a dangerous crossing from neighbouring Turkey.

We watched their relief from the road alongside the beach, hidden in our car, trying to stay out of sight.

Because, in the middle of this commotion, silently recording it all, was our 360 degree camera recording every sound and movement on the beach.


Capturing the atmosphere in a way that traditional television has never done before. This technology will bring a totally new perspective to the way we bring you the news.

:: Watch the Sky 360 Video here 

Television cameras capture only what the cameraman chooses to film. The 360 camera, made by Jaunt, leaves nothing out.

You cannot be in front of the camera or behind it - the 'Jaunt One', as it is called, is all-seeing.

Twenty-four small lenses miss nothing and an omni-directional microphone picks up the sounds around it.

Members of Samos Divers Association which helps rescue migrants in Greek waters

"You get all the perspective. It's the best you can do outside of travelling here. All the cameras are synced together and record simultaneously," explains Kenny Voelker, a producer for Jaunt.

"It's unflinching. You will create a much more immersive experience. You'll essentially be transported here as best you can."

As well as the beaches, we took it to the overwhelmed refugee camp on the island and filmed among the tents and families huddled under canvas.

And to the port, as hundreds waited to board a ferry for Athens and mainland Europe.

The finished product tells the migrant story on Lesbos, from the moment they arrive to the point they leave. It is raw and uncensored. It is real life.

Mohammed - A Syrian Refugee

But wearing cheap cardboard goggles, it can be seen in 3D. As you move your head to look around, so the scene unfolds around you.

The sound, too, responds to the direction in which you're looking.

In 2D, the images can be watched on a mobile phone - just turn it on its side into landscape and move around the scene.

You can also watch on a desktop computer; using a mouse the viewer can move around the picture and look in whichever direction they choose.

To get the video you need only to download the free Jaunt app from the App Store, or for a 360° view look at the Sky News Facebook page on iOS and Android apps, or the YouTube app on Android.

We believe this is the most immersive experience of the migrant crisis ever seen on television.

Short of actually being there, it transports you to the refugee camp and puts you in the middle of the crisis that has shaken Europe.

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