[Developed by] Jonas Pfeil
Jonas Pfeil, a graduate from Technical University of Berlin has developed a throwable panoramic ball camera that captures a full spherical panorama when thrown into the air. At the peak of its flight, which is determined using an accelerometer, a full panoramic image is captured by 36 fixed-focus 2 megapixel mobile phone camera modules.
The camera modules are mounted in a robust, 3D-printed, ball-shaped enclosure that is padded with foam and handles just like a ball. After catching the ball camera, pictures are downloaded in seconds using USB and automatically shown in our spherical panoramic viewer. This lets users interactively explore a full representation of the captured environment.