Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera – A Whole Ball of Fun

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 )

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7 comments… add one

  • Terri Roeber October 15, 2011, 5:54 pm

    I WANT ONE! This is the most AMAZING camera I’ve ever seen! We live in Amazing Times! You have blown me away! Someone will definitely pick this one up and commercialize–sooner than later I hope!

  • NewsBlaze October 16, 2011, 2:45 am

    I saw it on YouTube yesterday, a truly amazing thing. Brilliant idea and an indication that we’re in for more amazing ideas and innovation in future. We think we are advanced now, but there is much more to come.

  • BallCam October 16, 2011, 1:44 pm

    I Invented The BallCam in 2008. It Has Been In Development Since.

    The First Design Documents Were Produced In 2009.

    The Domain Has Been Registered Since 2009.

    In July of 2011 The Production Prototype Was Published on:
    http://BallCam.com

    The Trade Mark Was Registered In May 2011.

    A Patent Application Was Filed In August 2011.

    I Have Been Actively Soliciting Investors Since
    July of 2011.

    The Design Is Being Presented To The NFL as of
    17 October 2011.

    Please See My YouTube Channel:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBallCam

  • Keith October 16, 2011, 3:31 pm

    Want!.

    Now think of the applications –
    Make it small enough to shoot out of a slingshot, add an Eye-fi card. Lob/shoot them over a wall for a snapshot glance of the tactical situation. Add a GPS unit, shoot multiples from different angles, generate a 3-D model of local area… The implications are staggering. Add flash units and change the software to shoot serial images, throw it down a tunnel, into a cave, roll it into gaps in the rubble of a collapsed building…

    Wow.

  • ScottG October 17, 2011, 11:03 am

    Just put this on the KICKSTARTER website, and it will get funded in minutes flat. I just paid 2K for the new Grirocam and it’s just OK, but leaves a triangle black hole at the bottom of the 360 it takes in one click. The Ball Camera is a KILLER idea, and I want one too! I also will call the developer to see if they want a sales tech person here in the USA. This is a billion dollar untapped market.

  • Ian Lim October 17, 2011, 9:25 pm

    @Ballcam – Have you thought about using Kickstarter to raise funds ?
    @Keith – I was thinking about a “power launcher” for it. Some plumbing tube, an aerosol can and a piezo igniter. Only issue would be if you’d ever see your camera ever again :)
    @ScottG – I’m sure they’d raise the funds on Kickstarter…I’d even kick in :)

  • BaldSpot October 17, 2011, 9:55 pm

    Yes – this has many applications. I am definitely getting one.

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