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Throwable 36-Camera Ball Nearly Ready To Toss 68

Posted by timothy
from the make-your-own-google-car dept.
An anonymous reader writes "About 2 years ago, Jonas Pfeil, created a Throwable Panorama Ball: A rugged, grapefruit-sized ball with 36 fixed-focus, 2-megapixel digital camera sensors that capture simultaneously when thrown in the air, creating a full spherical panorama of the surrounding scene. Now, an Indiegogo campaign aims to produce the the camera (Now known as Panono) available for about $500. The quality of the sample images is impressive: the resolution is quite good and most importantly, the stitching artifacts are hardly visible."
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Throwable 36-Camera Ball Nearly Ready To Toss

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  • Good Luck (Score:-1, Interesting)

    by The Cat (19816) on Sunday December 22, 2013 @10:40AM (#45759647)

    Better hope Indiegogo likes your project or it will get buried and rendered invisible by about day three.

    Crowdfunding sites do absolutely nothing to help indie projects get off the ground. They collect their cut while they make rude gestures, and that's it.

    Frankly, I can't understand why anyone uses those sites. They're going to do all the work themselves. Why not keep all the money?

    And I also don't believe for one fucking second that a bunch of clowns can put up a web page and raise $250,000 for a board game in four weeks. The fragrance coming off that shit makes my scam alarm strip naked and run into traffic.

  • What good is it? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by BUL2294 (1081735) on Sunday December 22, 2013 @11:00AM (#45759757)
    While a novel concept, I don't care to see what's happening "from the bouncy ball's point of view". Plus, unless you're in the Stellarcartography room from "Star Trek: Generations", you're only going to see a sliver of what's around you (given the limited nature of human vision), which will look like an even more dizzying version of the movie "Gravity"...
  • by oneiron (716313) on Sunday December 22, 2013 @11:14AM (#45759825)
    I wonder how long before we'll have software to interpolate a series of images from the same area into a rendered scene.

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