Panono: the throwable ball camera that snaps 360-degree panoramas

By on November 12, 2013, 12:15 PM
android, ios, camera, photography, panono, panorama, throwable camera

Even with all of the new applications, photo-stitching programs, and stabilizers that we have available in the modern day, it can still be a headache to capture that perfect panorama view. Whether you're at the top of a mountain, enveloped in the middle of a sprawling city, or gazing at an endless landscape of stars, capturing these moments in their complete glory always ends up becoming a daunting task. Most amateur panoramas (especially mine) end up distorted, awkward looking, and just less-than-amazing. 

Enter Panono, a throwable panoramic camera (yes, it's expensive and you're encouraged to toss it around) that promises to capture 360-degree views automatically, in high-definition. I use the word "automatically" lightly here. This isn't a robotic ball that flies around and snaps photos like some sort of photography android on a mission. You'll still have to "activate" the camera, but not in the traditional point-and-click manner. 

When you toss the Panono into the air, its sophisticated internal intelligence takes over. Thanks to a complex accelerometer, Panono will take a photo via its 36 separate cameras at the maximum height of its movement -- i.e. when gravity is going to take over and send it plummeting back down to Earth. In this split second, where it is essentially hovering, it snaps a 360-degree by 360-degree, full-spherical, 72 megapixel image. These photos come out clean and completely capture movement around you without ghosting or blurring. 

Panono works in conjunction with a custom application (available for both Android and iOS), allowing you to instantly see your photo after it is taken. Once you have previewed the photo on your smart device, and are satisfied with it, it is then sent to the cloud where it is pieced together completely by high performance stitching. Your photo can then be shared to social media, placed on a website, or sent practically anywhere. 

The Panono is currently in a crowdfunding phase, via Indiegogo, where pitching in $550 will secure you the ball-shaped camera (if it receives complete funding). There is also an early bird special for all of you out there who want to lock in a Panono at $500. Act quick though, as the early bird deal is only available to a limited 600 backers. 

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gooderguy gooderguy said:

Doesn't Google use similar cameras for their street views?

JC713 JC713 said:

This is pretty cool. Cant wait to see what potential it holds.

1 person liked this | ikesmasher said:

This is pretty awesome. Im surprised it only costs $500 with that many cameras xD


Pretty cool from a tech standpoint, but I see limited practical use for this. Now maybe if this thing can be held 0.5 meter above your head on a stick while you do crazy stunts, then that would be awesome. Or record 360* x 360* video from above your vehicle while driving would be quite useful for insurance claims.

Guest said:

Could use it in a concert when you cant get a good shot, just be sure to catch it lol. its fall/winter here where I live, id like to toss it over the trees as high as I can, get a good shot of the top view. maybe strapping it to a remote control heli. or a nice sling shot strait up, gotta bring a baseballmit for that

Phillip Seni said:

Throwable camera: you throw it away and someone catches/steals it and it's no longer yours.

1 person liked this | NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

Been a long while since I heard about this on techspot. Glad to see that it's still around

@philip, when I think of throwing away, I think of disposable cameras instead of throwable lol

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