360 Degree Photo Throwable Ball Camera

A German engineering grad, Jonas Pfeil, and his team have built the world’s first “throwable panoramic ball camera” that takes a full 360 degree photo.  The prototype is designed to be tossed in the mid-air. Then, as it reaches the highest point of its flight, the camera takes a panoramic picture.

The camera ball has 36 mobile phone cameras mounted inside a spherical enclosure. It also has an accelerometer that triggers the cameras as the ball stays still for a split second at the highest point of flight. Pfeil says there’s a lot of interest in the camera ball, but adds that it still needs to be refined. He is now working on making it smaller, and also improving the image quality.

I think Pfiel’s throwable ball camera is an interesting way to capture 360 degree photo.  I can’t wait to see his camera innovation made available to consumers and try it out.

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About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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One Response to 360 Degree Photo Throwable Ball Camera

  1. wendywang says:

    這個創新在電視上也有作介紹,真的是非常不錯的好發明,但我想它有高度限制,透過人手持著球往上拋,高度可能受到限制,同時如果在室內場景就無法讓這項產品發揮功能;只是看到這位年輕人團隊能夠發揮想像力,讓攝影鏡頭在移動中仍然能夠不受震動的影響,完整和穩定的輸出影像;在技術上應該有許多必須克服的盲點,我相信這項產品可以應用在許多需要建立空照圖的機會是很好發揮的產品,也期待他早點量產上市,讓更多的美麗景色可以透過這項產品的記錄,讓數位記錄的境界提昇到3d立體空間。

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