Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera captures a full spherical panorama when thrown into the air. At the peak of its flight, which is determined using an accelerometer, a full panoramic image is captured by 36 mobile phone camera modules.

Hat tip boingboing

Patent pending. More info: http://jonaspfeil.de/ballcamera
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A project of the Computer Graphics Group, TU Berlin.

To be presented as an Emerging Technologies demonstration at the SIGGRAPH Asia 2011: Jonas Pfeil, Kristian Hildebrand, Carsten Gremzow, Bernd Bickel, Marc Alexa

Diploma thesis ‘Throwable Camera Array for Capturing Spherical Panoramas’:
Jonas Pfeil. Advisors: Marc Alexa, Carsten Gremzow

Video: Jonas Pfeil, Junny Chen, Qian Qin, Björn Bollensdorff

Voice: Hugh Jeremy

Music: ADO and Wonderland by IZCY

Video licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0

We would like to thank Axel Kretzschmann for helpful tips on high speed electronics, Analog Devices, Inc., for providing parts and STMicroelectronics for helpful information regarding the camera module.

Thanks to Hugh Jeremy for providing the voice-over. Check out his awesome channel on Natural Selection 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rkgztfuij2w

Patent pending, http://jonaspfeil.de/ballcamera

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3 Responses to “Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera”

  1. Greg0658 says:

    that sounds/looks cool – rentable ? or priced for the masses ? we’ll see .. but think about a balloon (pop) / altimeter setup to snap / parachute to save it

  2. Greg0658 says:

    ps – cheaper if built for launch by tennis racket

  3. ottnott says:

    Hmmm. Streaming video cameras. Soccer ball. One of those motion simulator rides.

    Teens could compete to see how much of a game they could watch before hurling.