October 16, 2011

The Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera

Interesting concept:

The 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.

[Via Jeff Tranberry]

Posted by John Nack at 8:26 AM on October 16, 2011


  • Sam Potts — 11:42 AM on October 16, 2011

    Also highly recommended cameras-in-the-air wonderfulness:

    [Oh yes–blogged those guys earlier this year; brilliant, right? “These are the days of miracles and wonder…” –J.]

  • William Chinn — 1:42 PM on October 16, 2011

    Their web site doesn’t mention what happens if:
    1. The ball is spinning at a high rate
    2. You don’t catch the ball

  • fr — 1:27 AM on October 17, 2011

    That’s quite awesome, then they need to talk to your engineers to stitch that more clean in photoshop :)

  • Nat Brown — 5:51 AM on October 17, 2011

    I would get only one photo from this ball, for the same reason that I failed my junior high school basketball class. :-)

  • nitrogen generators — 6:27 AM on October 17, 2011

    wow! but probably not good in bad light situations ;);)

  • Justin — 7:04 PM on October 17, 2011

    It’s very important to recognize that this is the first of it’s kind. I love to see things in their infancy. This type of camera will be awesome in 5 years.

  • Chuck Uebele — 1:39 PM on October 18, 2011

    Very interesting. Reminds me a bit of the demo you did with the “bug” eye lens for shifting focus and getting 3d. With software becoming more developed, we will see more and more of the capability of stitching together images to create amazing products. A hybrid of this ball and the bug eye lens comes to mind. Perhaps other applications like multiple lenses on borescopes and being able to create 3D virtual images inside of the body or other confined spaces.

  • Dana Joop — 5:00 AM on January 12, 2012

    Great concept, nice to see how Adobe is improving year after year. Will be fun to thest this Camera out.

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