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.