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03-10-2020, 04:19 AM - 4 Likes   #1
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Vecnos - A new Ricoh spin-off brand for 360 cameras

Ricoh has taken the unusual step of creating a new spin-off company for 360 cameras. It was the idea of one of the original Theta developers. It seems to be strongly targeted at the consumer end of the market.

The product itself is a small pen-shaped 360 camera with three lenses around the sides and one more on the top.

The website for the company is here.
Vecnos Inc.

And thereís a link on that page to an article in Wired.
Exclusive: Ricoh's 360 Camera Division Spins Out to Form Vecnos | WIRED

Itís quite an interesting development. They will continue to develop Theta, but also expand with this brand.

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QuoteOriginally posted by JPT Quote
Ricoh has taken the unusual step of creating a new spin-off company for 360 cameras
No only a brand name but a separate entity, with job openings , CEO etc.

Very interesting. What will be the name of the Pentax spinoff? Pentax Inc.?
03-10-2020, 05:12 AM - 3 Likes   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by biz-engineer Quote
No only a brand name but a separate entity, with job openings , CEO etc.

Very interesting. What will be the name of the Pentax spinoff? Pentax Inc.?
"Ricoh Imaging"
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A few hours ago Kimio Tanaka dedicated two tweets to Vecnos:

QuoteOriginally posted by Kimio Tanaka:
THETAを開発していた元メンバーがリコーの援助で会社(ベクノス)を立ち上げ、細いペンスタイルの360度全天球型カメラの開発し、今年中には発売予定とのニュースがありました。おもしろそうなカメラ。
'People who had formerly developed THETA launched a company (Vecnos) with the assistance of Ricoh. They developed a thin pen-style 360-degree spherical camera, to be released later this year. A camera that looks interesting.'

Source: Twitter

QuoteOriginally posted by Kimio Tanaka:
そのカメラには側面に3つの、天面に1つの光学系を組み込んで(THETAは表面と裏面に光学系を配置)開発中のアプリを使って全天球画像が愉しめるとのことです。ベクノスはリコーの関連会社でいわゆるベンチャー企業ではなくスタートアップ企業として活動するそうです。
'The camera includes three optical systems on the sides and one on top (THETA has optical systems on the front and back). You can enjoy spherical images by using the application under development. Vechnos is an affiliate of Ricoh and works as a startup rather than a traditional company.'

Source: Twitter

See also the press release : https://vecnos.com/en/newsroom/20200310_Vecnos_EN.pdf



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QuoteOriginally posted by biz-engineer Quote
No only a brand name but a separate entity, with job openings , CEO etc.

Very interesting. What will be the name of the Pentax spinoff? Pentax Inc.?
Pentax is hardly a startup company positioned on a fast-growing market...

Under the current circumstances the Pentax business couldn't subsist if it were a stand-alone company. Incorporating it would only be the prelude to selling it off. Don't look forward to it.
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Sounds like 'vaccine'.. shaped like a syringe.. or thermometer.
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Looks like something that can wipe out your memory.



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QuoteOriginally posted by Mistral75 Quote
Interesting that it says "Ricoh will be the lead investor."

Makes you wonder what other sources, if any, will be buying in.
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QuoteOriginally posted by chaxdaman Quote
Looks like something that can wipe out your memory.
Exactly what I was thinking...
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It could be succesful if services like Instagram and Tiktok embrace it
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QuoteOriginally posted by chaxdaman Quote
Looks like something that can wipe out your memory.
Ummmm...I forgot what you just said.
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Am I the only one who finds this spin-off odd? Why spin-off something that looked to be successful for Ricoh?
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QuoteOriginally posted by chaxdaman Quote
Looks like something that can wipe out your memory.
Why am I on this forum ... ?!
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I know the Thetas certainly qualify for coverage by the forum...but what do you guys think about listing Vecnos cameras in the database?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
I know the Thetas certainly qualify for coverage by the forum...but what do you guys think about listing Vecnos cameras in the database?

According the Wired interview with Shu Ubukata:
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"The majority of Ricoh's business is office equipment," Ubukata told WIRED (with Vecnos senior vice president Kiyoshi Hashimoto serving as a translator). "To make a new product, a new culture, they decided we should make a new company. We are part of Ricoh, but Ricoh decided we should be very independent like a startup company."
Given that, I think Vecnos cameras should be included in the database, and treated as part of the Ricoh product family we support in these forums
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