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Panoramic Ball Camera offers 360 degree panoramas via throwing

Panoramic Ball Camera
Panoramic Ball Camera

While some photographers can spend hours setting up their rig for the perfect shot, others might be interested in a new camera that takes pictures by being thrown into the air. The Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera by developer Jonas Pfeil fits 36 2-megapixel cellphone camera modules all around the surface of a foam ball. Once the ball reaches the height of its flight (measured through an integrated accelerometer), all 36 cameras snap a picture simultaneously. When the photos are uploaded to a computer, a custom spherical panoramic viewer shows the images stitched together to make one large 360 degree panorama. This isn't the first camera featuring 360 degree panoramas nor the first to be thrown like a ball, but it does offer some innovation in combining the two for a fun way to get an all-encompassing view.