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a digital camera inside a large rubber eyeball
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This is a hollow ball with a remote control camera shock-mounted inside it. The ball has a small pliable window, possibly inset slightly to reduce scratches and dirt. If it were colored to look like a big “eye”, you'd always know which way the camera’s pointing. And it could come in various sizes, even as large as a beach ball.

Much of the time, a game ball is being dribbled, or it’s spinning. By design, it would be constantly taking pictures (at least between bounces), although sensors could let it intelligently decide which to save (face identification would be useful). Blurred shots could be automatically rejected. I’d add a couple of indicators, for advance notice that the camera has stored some good pics. It should have a remote, too, so you can manually get a snapshot.

Have this in volleyball size to take action shots during a game. Just before each serve, wipe the lens window, and play.

Amos Kito, Apr 09 2008

In-ball cricket camera In-ball_20cricket_20camera
This ball is covered with "eyes", to assemble video. It's pretty cool, go check it out! [Amos Kito, Apr 09 2008]

Why do you need a ball? http://flickr.com/groups/cameratoss/
[DrCurry, Apr 09 2008]

Oh, and... http://www.satugo.com/
Apparently not actually on the market yet, but has construction details that might be useful. [DrCurry, Apr 09 2008]

Text file for the above Satugo ball camera http://www.satugo.com/02/description.doc
They've put a lot more thought into this than I did. [Amos Kito, Apr 09 2008]

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       You may want to reconsider it scrapping blurred pictures, it would be best to store every picture taken - it's not as if something this size couldn't store them.
fridge duck, Apr 09 2008
  

       Why discard the blurred shots? (See link.)
DrCurry, Apr 09 2008
  

       There could be several lenses in it, facing all directions. The ones sensing non-sky could activate.
phundug, Apr 09 2008
  
      
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