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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
The Nikkor 6mm
That's an eight inch front element. [coprocephalous, Jul 12 2005]
Columbia University's approach to 360° at-once capture.
PDF file - Clever. [bristolz, Jul 12 2005]
||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.