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(Wired)   This is not your old style throwaway camera, this is your throwable camera ball that snaps 360-degree aerial photos   (wired.com) divider line 36
    More: Cool, aerial photographies, cameras, camera ball, Jonas Pfeil  
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3349 clicks; posted to Geek » on 15 Jan 2014 at 12:07 AM (13 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-01-14 05:15:15 PM
Holy crap. That's awesome
 
2014-01-14 05:21:40 PM
Make it a video camera and drop it from a couple miles in the sky.
 
2014-01-14 05:27:24 PM
Very cool idea. Well except for the giant black square in the example photo.
 
2014-01-14 05:36:10 PM
I want one shaped like a MKII grenade.
 
2014-01-14 06:19:24 PM
Awesome!  But I can't help wonder just how fragile it is.
 
2014-01-14 06:30:17 PM
Saw an article about this last year, but still neat.
 
2014-01-14 06:47:21 PM

scottydoesntknow: Very cool idea. Well except for the giant black square in the example photo.


That's no way to talk about my African-American nerd friend Jerome!
 
2014-01-14 06:52:18 PM

Shostie: scottydoesntknow: Very cool idea. Well except for the giant black square in the example photo.

That's no way to talk about my African-American nerd friend Jerome!


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Awesome
 
2014-01-14 07:17:01 PM

nekom: Awesome!  But I can't help wonder just how fragile it is.


Agreed. Can you play soccer or volleyball with it?
 
2014-01-14 07:25:30 PM

fusillade762: nekom: Awesome!  But I can't help wonder just how fragile it is.

Agreed. Can you play soccer or volleyball with it?


Wasn't there a cell phone prank a while back where you download an app, throw your phone in the air, and it'll take a pic at the highest point? Could've sworn a lot of people broke their phones doing that.

I'm sure it's going to be pretty tough for the inevitable "Who can get the highest panorama picture!" contests.
 
2014-01-14 07:26:35 PM

scottydoesntknow: fusillade762: nekom: Awesome!  But I can't help wonder just how fragile it is.

Agreed. Can you play soccer or volleyball with it?

Wasn't there a cell phone prank a while back where you download an app, throw your phone in the air, and it'll take a pic at the highest point? Could've sworn a lot of people broke their phones doing that.

I'm sure it's going to be pretty tough for the inevitable "Who can get the highest panorama picture!" contests.


Yea, found one story: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57597623-71/apple-bans-app-that-wan t s-you-to-throw-your-phone-in-the-air/
 
2014-01-14 09:25:33 PM

scottydoesntknow: Very cool idea. Well except for the giant black square in the example photo.


add panano.com to your noscript exceptions. It's interactive, so it requires a script.
 
2014-01-14 11:19:44 PM
So Matrix 4 then?
 
2014-01-15 12:11:48 AM
This is a cool idea, but I don't know if you can do this cheaper than simply raising a panoramic camera into the air.

Seriously, just rip the gyroscopes out of it and extend it out like an umbrella.
 
2014-01-15 12:23:45 AM
It is extremely hard to get a decent pano shot using a stick to hold a regular camera in the air. Also, why would you rip the gyro's out when it already comes with built-in capability to be used at the end of a stick?
 
2014-01-15 12:33:31 AM
Cool, now do it with better optics.
 
2014-01-15 12:34:46 AM

Saiga410: Cool, now do it with better optics.


And I should be able to see the souls of every living being.
 
2014-01-15 12:35:17 AM

arentol: It is extremely hard to get a decent pano shot using a stick to hold a regular camera in the air. Also, why would you rip the gyro's out when it already comes with built-in capability to be used at the end of a stick?


You can mimic a steadicam with $10 worth of weights and some tape.
 
2014-01-15 12:50:39 AM

Voiceofreason01: Holy crap. That's awesome


It's also about the 3rd time I've seen it here. The only new bit of news is that they raised enough dough to get the project offbthe ground. Good for them, but even the price is pretty much the same old news.
 
2014-01-15 01:02:25 AM
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Ridley Scott did it.
 
2014-01-15 01:15:01 AM

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: arentol: It is extremely hard to get a decent pano shot using a stick to hold a regular camera in the air. Also, why would you rip the gyro's out when it already comes with built-in capability to be used at the end of a stick?

You can mimic a steadicam with $10 worth of weights and some tape.


Yes you can.... At eye or shoulder height. Good luck getting it to work well on the end of a stick 10 feet above your head while trying to rotate the camera around the appropriate point (which is never the center of the cameras mass) to ensure minimal parallax issues. It is essentially impossible.
You will need probably at least a $300 P&S to get one that does a full 360 pano and that has remote shutter release capabilities.
You will need to buy a remote for the camera.
You also have to deal with carrying around the stick/monopod, the camera, the cheap-ass steadicam setup including heavy weights, and the remote at the same time. That will be TONS of fun I am sure. You will never get off a quick shot to capture a special moment with that setup.
Controlling the rotation speed at the end of a long stick is very hard, so getting a full 360 pano 10 feet above your head will be hit and miss. If you are very good 1 in 5 will be steady enough, and 1 in 5 will be a full 360. So it will take most people 20-30 attempts to finally get a good one. Most people will just give up with a 3/4 pano almost every time.
Catching instantaneous non-static moments is impossible with a standard Pano. People move, animals move, cars move, Pano's are ruined. Not an issue with this thing.

Also, when looking at the sample pictures keep in mind they were all taken with the prototype camera. I would be very surprised to find out they don't greatly improve the optics to reduce lens flare and decrease chromatic aberrations.
 
2014-01-15 01:25:58 AM
Good thing the cameras are easily replaceable.

I might have worried the thing would be a brick after the first bad toss.
 
2014-01-15 01:32:40 AM
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2014-01-15 01:34:11 AM
Ah, but is it water proof?

And at $5-600, what is the durability of the product? How many throws can it sustain before fatigue or failure of parts? How far can it fall and onto what surfaces before it sustains damage?

I predict we will hear countless stories of these things being lost at places like the grand canyon, hoover dam, or niagra falls because people either suck at throwing/catching the things, or a good gust of wind catches one. I also imagine at least one owner trying to rescue one before it gets lost and either doing serious harm to themselves, or dying.
 
2014-01-15 01:44:02 AM

msupf: Ah, but is it water proof?

And at $5-600, what is the durability of the product? How many throws can it sustain before fatigue or failure of parts? How far can it fall and onto what surfaces before it sustains damage?

I predict we will hear countless stories of these things being lost at places like the grand canyon, hoover dam, or niagra falls because people either suck at throwing/catching the things, or a good gust of wind catches one. I also imagine at least one owner trying to rescue one before it gets lost and either doing serious harm to themselves, or dying.


Mentioned in the article that it will have strength like a GoPro dive housing. From my experience and some of their viral marketing that shiat is nigh indestructible. You raise a good point though. You can't account for stupid. Someone is going to chase one off a cliff.

I want it. But I'm fighting a gadget addiction. Hello. My name is crotchgrabber and I have too many shiny objects.
 
2014-01-15 03:30:24 AM
Looks super useful for military recon.
 
2014-01-15 03:46:22 AM
The bottom picture had me humming the tune to Katamari Damacy.

/na na
//na na na na na na na
///na Katamari Photoball
 
2014-01-15 04:39:05 AM

jaylectricity: Saiga410: Cool, now do it with better optics.

And I should be able to see the souls of every living being.


And the ghosts of the dead ones
 
2014-01-15 05:26:23 AM
$60
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2014-01-15 07:29:25 AM
Quick! We need to take up a collection and send one to Jörg Sprave, stat!
 
2014-01-15 08:05:38 AM

DarkSoulNoHope: [computerstories.net image 300x150]

Ridley Scott did it.


I was thinking more of George Lucas.

www.wired.com

static2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-01-15 08:06:28 AM
Why is this useful? It's bulky and only does one job...

Just buy a GoPro.
 
2014-01-15 08:22:05 AM

Parthenogenetic: DarkSoulNoHope: [computerstories.net image 300x150]

Ridley Scott did it.

I was thinking more of George Lucas.

[www.wired.com image 660x495]

[static2.wikia.nocookie.net image 750x600]


Or better yet, Don Cascarelli:

fubegra.net
 
2014-01-15 09:05:16 AM

Fubegra: Parthenogenetic: DarkSoulNoHope: [computerstories.net image 300x150]

Ridley Scott did it.

I was thinking more of George Lucas.

[www.wired.com image 660x495]

[static2.wikia.nocookie.net image 750x600]

Or better yet, Don Cascarelli:

[fubegra.net image 640x480]


i.walmart.com

Or better yet, George Lucas.... again.

/Leia threw first!
 
2014-01-15 10:14:17 AM
Be more useful if it could be launched higher via some kind of mortar launch tube.

Imagine the military or something like that using them to do quick recon of an area.

The issue I see with it is when gravity brings it back to the surface...
 
2014-01-15 11:19:08 PM

relaxitsjustme: jaylectricity: Saiga410: Cool, now do it with better optics.

And I should be able to see the souls of every living being.

And the ghosts of the dead ones


Haha, awesome! So how are souls born?
 
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