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Throwable Ball Camera Creates 360º Panoramas

This strange looking device is a 360º panormaic ball camera, developed by the Computer Graphics Group. Inside the green, plastic-armored ball are 36 cameras of the variety used in cellphones. Using integrated sensors, the ball detects when it has reached the apex of its flight and snaps a photos simultaneously from each camera. Once uploaded onto a computer, the ball’s custom software stitches the images together into a movable, explorable panorama giving a view that’s certainly like no other.

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Admittedly,  the actual utility of the device is probable pretty low as it experiences some of the same distortion seen in Google street view images. However, it provides a unique perspective, and certainly packs a lot of potential in this humble sphere. See a video of the ballcam in action, after the break.


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