Panoramic Photography using Ball-Camera

Conventional design of a camera captures images which technically translate into either still photographs or motion pictures. This device is nothing new, even to adorable children who love taking portrait photography.

Photograph of a Child Looking Up

Camera with small lens are integrated into most of our mobile phones these days.  It has become indispensable in our daily life in many ways; making it much simpler and conveniently to capture moments in a few clicks.

How camera works? How it record pictures? These simple questions should leave it to those encyclopedia writers.

To write down in detail of each individual design modular and components, and then explain the mechanism how camera works would, I think, occupy another long series of blog posts. Theoretically, it is still doable.

Such a lengthy explanation shall not be included in the context of this advanced technology I am about to introduce next.

Have you heard of ball-camera capable to capture panoramic photographs?

Imagine a spherical ball, evenly spaced and integrated with multiples of such miniature lens onto it’s round surface. User throws the ball up into the air, cameras automatically capture a panorama of surroundings. As the ball-camera descends, user catches it.

Till this point, everyone agrees it is absolutely easy to use. My great grandma living in the old folk’s home wouldn’t have any problem on this usage, either.

What comes next will require a bit of techies knowledge. One would only able to view all the recorded images in the computer by using a specialized software application.

Just last month, expertise from Computer Graphics Groups, TU Berlin, has engineered a new photographic technology dubbed as the Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera. An Emerging Technologies demonstration at SIGGRAPH Asia 2011.

The technology as described, “it captures a full spherical panorama when thrown into the air. At the peak of its flight, which is determined using an accelerometer, a full panoramic image is captured by 36 mobile phone camera modules.”

Obviously, its not a mobile camera phone. Never will the mobile phone going to design in spherical shape. Likewise, how cumbersome it can be if a traveler would to bring such a ball-camera.

While watching the video below, instead of expecting any advance technology, my first impression was user throwing the round object that look more like a volley ball player ready serve behind the line.

Whatever is your thought, this interesting technology could possibly given new experiences on how one can view the world in a panoramic perspective.

Thinking of it, how ingenious and awesome to capture portrait photographs of children in a party with a throw of the ball-camera into the air?