Berlin-based computer engineer Jonas Pfeil and his team created the “Throwable Panoramin Ball Camera”, a very playful and enjoyable device that takes spherical panoramic pictures in a couple of seconds.
Here is a new concept: while visiting great places, one can just throw the ball and explore a full representation of the captured environment. The robust 3D-printed and padded with foam ball encloses 36 fixed-focus 2-megapixel mobile phone camera modules and an accelerometer used to measure launch acceleration. Integration predicts the rise time to the highest point, where the cameras are triggered.
The ‘spinner 360°‘ camera by Lomography takes panoramic pictures on 35mm film, spinning its lens with the pull of a drawstring .The device captures complete 360 degree images in between 1/125 and 1/250 of a second, but one can choose to release the string slowly by hand for a longer exposure footage. Vertical panoramas are achieved by simply rotating the camera.