Panoramic Ball Camera Captures 360-degree Panoramic Photographs 0

There are times when you may come across a photograph that you took earlier that leaves you wanting more. Perhaps it would’ve looked better when taken from another angle, or you might have wanted a certain portion of the scene included in the shot. You could be using a camera like the one discussed in the Digimo Camera Concept and still walk away dissatisfied with your shots.

But be irked by such photos no more by using the Panoramic Ball Camera to take your shots next time.

There are 36 2-megapixel mobile phone cameras that are built into this tiny green ball. Just throw it into the air and catch it once gravity does its thing. There are no shutter buttons on the Panoramic Ball Camera (and even if there were, who would be up there to press it?)

Instead, the camera automatically takes a shot (or rather, 36 shots) once it reaches its highest point.

The Panoramic Ball Cam was created by Jonas Pfeil, Kristian Hildebrand, Carsten Gremzow, Bernd Bickel and Marc Alexa and was programmed using C, C++, QT, and OpenCV. The creators of the ball camera are planning to present it at SIGGRAPH Asia 2011.

[Panoramic Ball Camera via TechnaBob]