Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera
Jonas Pfeil’s thesis became a reality with the Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera. In total, the ball uses thirty-six two megapixel cellphone camera modules that are evenly distributed around a padded rubber ball giving you an unbelievable 360 degree panoramic snapshot of whatever. The way the camera works is that upon throwing the ball in the air, an accelerometer inside measures the launch acceleration, which is used to calculate when the ball will reach its top height then a photo is automatically taken.
It really amazes me how far this research project has gone.