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Amazing panoramic camera

It’s nearly Christmas, and at the top of Amazing Stuff’s list, is this amazing camera.

If you, like us, are fed up with not being able to see what’s behind, below and above when you take your pictures, perhaps it’s time you upgraded to the magnificent ball-camera. Equipped with 36 mobile phone cameras, this clever gadget takes a picture when the ball reaches the the highest point of flight. The camera’s pictures combine to make a continuous spherical landscape; the results can be accessed using a standard home computer. Jonas Pfeil, the camera’s designer, developed the camera after writing a diploma thesis about spherical panoramas.

Here’s the science taken from Jonas’ website:

Our camera uses 36 fixed-focus 2 megapixel mobile phone camera modules. The camera modules are mounted in a robust, 3D-printed, ball-shaped enclosure that is padded with foam and handles just like a ball. Our camera contains an accelerometer which we use to measure launch acceleration. Integration lets us predict rise time to the highest point, where we trigger the exposure. After catching the ball camera, pictures are downloaded in seconds using USB and automatically shown in our spherical panoramic viewer. This lets users interactively explore a full representation of the captured environment.

Although not yet in mass production, Pfeil assures us it will not be long before the ball camera is on our shelves. Have a look at the video below:

Pics via Jonas Pfeil

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