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A digital camera that takes a 360 degree image
This is a sphere made of a resilient and
transparent material. Suspended in the
center of the sphere are two super-wide
(maybe 10.5 or the Nikkor 6mm) lenses
back, and two shutter/CCD mechanisms
sandwitched between them.
The Sphere would carry a memory card
that you could access
by twisting and
seperating the two hemispheres.
The idea is that you could either place
Sphere on a surface (or special
stand) or toss it in the air if it can be
strong enough. You then fire the shutters
simultaneously using a remote control or
timer. The camera's software tags the
recorded images which are then stiched
together using the bundled software.
Consumer: It would just be fun to use
Real Estate/Architecture: quickly and
simply create a Quicktime VR file for
customers to explore a space
Sports: Imagine a transparent Volly Ball
that also took pictures of the match?
Military: A Morter fires the camera into a
combat zone or dangerous area. The
Sphere is programmed to fire just before
hitting the ground, and transmits the
image back to central command
I've got a Kiwi (a very old one) [Ian Tindale, Jul 12 2005]
The Nikkor 6mm
That's an eight inch front element. [coprocephalous, Jul 12 2005]
My QTVR stuff from 99
Ages old, now. All of these were with a Nikkor 20mm sideways, 12 shots, cylindrical, using Apple's QTVRAS. [Ian Tindale, Jul 12 2005]
Columbia University's approach to 360° at-once capture.
PDF file - Clever. [bristolz, Jul 12 2005]
Rectangular to polar panoramas
This is how I'm shooting my panoramas these days (in addition to them being fully digital now). [Ian Tindale, Jan 07 2006]
||Given that software exists to convert a series of regular pictures into a 360 degree view, you're not likely to find many takers in the commercial world.
||But it would probably be useful for surveillance purposes.
||I think [Photofreak] is looking at capturing light from every direction, not just 360 degrees on the horizontal. This also sounds quicker and easier (although harder to build) than the usual photo-stitching method.
||Simpler to fit an old Alpa Roto with a linear CCD and an encoder on the film advance roller - those Nikkor 6mms are HUGE.
sp. "sandwiched" "separating" "stitched" "mortar" "volley"
Welcome to the HB [PF].
||//either place the Sphere on a surface (or special transparent stand) or toss it in the air//
||Either way, is this a real advantage over the 360-degree panoramic mirror lenses? They cover an impressive area in one shot, with a single "standard" camera, and don't require toting a sphere.
But work on it a while -- panoramic shots are just plain cool!
||[Amos] - I repeat, I think [Photofreak] wants a single shot of *everything*. Panoramic mirror lenses only capture the horizontal axis, they photograph neither what is above them, nor what is below. This would be a real advance, although possibly more cool than useful.
||Granted, It would be more fun then useful.
At least until the technology is
streamlined, but someone once said: "to
hell with practicality". I couldn't agree
But those Columbia students seem to have
me beat (by 7 years!).
Thanks for the welcome, I'm looking
forward to much silliness and many
strokes of genuine brilliance (by the bunch
of ya) in my time here.