Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera

December 30th, 2011 | Robot


Concerts, Landmarks, Sporting Events… and much much more.  This prototype camera developed by the Computer Graphics Group at Technische University in Berlin is unlike any camera I’ve ever seen.

Upon tossing the ball into the air, the microcontroller inside the device processes data that comes from an accelerometer, which senses the highest point the ball reaches so the ball can take a bunch of photos with its 36 2.o megapixel cameras before falling back down to Earth.  The chassis is built using solid freeform fabrication technology, and the ball appears to have some decent foam padding just in case you happen to drop it on the decent.

I think it would be great if they could mount these cameras in a basketball and get great panoramic shots from the ball during the NBA finals.

Find more detailed information on the specs here.


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