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Mirage – The Full ExperienceBeautiful and stunning video, shot with an impressive array of 30 GoPro HD cameras! Mirage – The Full Experience From the video description: You can view more clips on the below links: Rip Curl Mirage Site : Rip Curl Mirage Behind the Scenes Clip : Rip Curl Mirage Mick Fanning Clip : [...]

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Computer engineer Jonas Pfeil was on the island of Tonga when he created several panoramas by taking multiple photos and painstakingly stitching them together on a PC. While hiking, Pfeil thought there must be a better way to capture panoramas. The idea of a ball thrown into the air came to mind, and he began making plans to realize it. Since then, Pfeil and his group have developed a working model of a spherical camera you can toss, juggle or hurl. Pfeil writes:

“The camera is thrown into the air and captures an image at the highest point of flight – when it is hardly moving. The camera takes full spherical panoramas, requires no preparation and images are taken instantaneously.
The ball camera uses 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. Our camera contains an accelerometer which we use to measure launch acceleration. Integration lets us predict rise time to the highest point, where we trigger the exposure. After catching the ball camera, pictures are downloaded in seconds using USB and automatically shown in our spherical panoramic viewer.

We used the camera to capture full spherical panoramas at scenic spots, in a crowded city square and in the middle of a group of people taking turns in throwing the camera. For me the most interesting and unexpected result was that group pictures came out so cool. I think it’s because people are facing each other and are therefore more engaged. Normally people all stare into a camera and don’t see each other.”

The panorama shown here was taken in Elbe Sandstone Mountains, Germany. Pfeil and friends wanted to illustrate the fact that the image is taken simultaneously in all directions. This makes it possible to photograph moving objects. For example, you can see the banana and water bottle aloft in the panorama. The Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera is not yet available for sale, and the patent is pending. Other members of the project are Kristian Hildebrand, Carsten Gremzow, Bernd Bickel, Marc Alexa, and you can follow them on Twitter.

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Natalie Portman!

I’m in reblog mode right now. Too busy, freaking work.

Alright Natalie, take the picture and go do a movie!

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