Be the ball.

We’ll definitely be ordering one of these as soon as they are available to the public!

The descriptively named ‘Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera‘ prototype was created by Jonas Pfeil for his graduate thesis at TU Berlin. When you throw it into the air, it takes a single wide angle aerial panorama image.

“Armed with 36 2-megapixel mobile phone camera modules, the camera contains an accelerometer that lets the exposure be trigged at the calculated climax of flight, when it is hardly moving. The taking of a single photograph at the same moment by multiple cameras prevents the ghosting effects that occur when creating a panorama by taking and stitching sequential images, as well as the difficulties of recording a complete 360-degree view when using a tripod mount”.

The prototype of the camera itself was printed on a 3D printer, and its functions are controlled via tiny AVR microcontrollers, with the governing software written in C, C++, QT, and openCV. Images are downloadable from the device via USB.

Pfeil and his team (Kristian Hildebrand, Carsten Gremzow, Bernd Bickel, and Marc Alexa) are currently seeking partners to produce the camera.