If you’re like me you love 360° panoramic pictures, but trying to get a good one is hampered by having to be very precise with overlapping, lighting and other factors. Using 36 fixed focus 2 megapixel Camera modules and an accelerometer used to measure launch acceleration, the Panoramic Ball captures a full spherical panoramic view at the highest point of flight when it’s hardly moving. The ball is padded with foam ( just in case you don’t catch it ) and once the photo is taken can easily be downloaded via USB into a special spherical panoramic viewer.
Starting as a Diploma Thesis, this concept will be shown at SIGGRAPH Asia 2011 as the Emerging Technologies demonstration.
Let’s hope someone picks this up and starts funding a commercial version.
Check out the video below and for more info see Jonas Pfeil’s Website ( You really do have to see it to fully understand and appreciate )