Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera
If you’re not taking a photograph for artistic reasons, chances are you’re trying to capture a place and time as close to reality as you can. Panoramic cameras are pretty useful towards this aim, and there’s always a fun novelty in seeing a closer representation to what we actually see with our eyes. Still, nothing is perfect.
But what if we could do better than perfect? I mean, you don’t have eyes in the back of your head, or on the sides, or below your feet. Even with peripherals, humans have some tunnel vision.
Well, behold! The Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera captures a place and time completely, from all angles and none of that “ghosting” shit cause people and things were moving during exposure(s).
Thanks to computer engineer Jonas Pfeil, we’ve got a relatively simple machine, composed of 36 mobile phone camera modules set in a foam ball, that takes an absolute picture of a given environment and uploads the image to your computer for viewing pleasure. All you have to do is toss it up, and the pictures are snapped automatically as the ball reaches it’s apex (when it’s almost motionless).
It’ll probably be a little while before this puppy is released for purchase, but we already want one. Perhaps someday we can get it to take pictures while in motion, so we can get pictures of people’s faces before it smacks them in the head. That sounds like fun. ‘Till then, enjoy this video of the Ball Camera in action, and dream big.