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Google and Imax’s VR Camera Project Canceled

August 20, 2018 / VINNY MARINO

Google and Imax won’t be building a virtual reality (VR) camera together after all: A joint camera project that the two companies embarked on in 2016 has quietly been canceled, Variety has learned.A Google spokesperson declined to comment on the partnership, but an Imax spokesperson acknowledged that work on the project has stopped, sending Variety the following statement via email.“We’ve currently paused the development of the Imax VR camera while we continue to review the viability of our pilot program,” they said.Imax launched a pilot program for location-based VR in early 2017, opening seven VR centers in big cities around the world. The company recently closed two of those centers, and plans to decide the future of the remaining five locations in the next few months, as Variety reported last week.