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Squito: A Throwable Panoramic Camera Ball that Captures 360° Aerial Shots

Squito Throwable Ball

Boston-based artist and inventor Steve Hollinger has just been granted a second patent here in the United States for his Squito invention, a ball sporting embedded cameras and position sensors that allow for panoramic imagery in reconnaissance and recreational situations.

Squito Throwable Ball 3

The idea is simple. You throw the ball and the orientation sensors capture and process images of Squito’s flight trajectory. The patent outlines that the unit’s orientation sensors snap photos and then re-orient them so as to create a normal images — panoramic images, in fact. These multiple images can be stabilized to allow the camera to capture frames in sequence. What you get, basically, is a pano-video (totally just made that up, but it works) of the ball’s flight. If that’s not cool, we don’t know what is.

Hollinger’s put together a prototype of ball, and it looks pretty neat, if we may say. Coming in at the size of a tennis ball, Squito uses three cameras, an inertial measurement unit, microcontroller, and image processor. Captured media can be wirelessly transmitted to a user’s computer, tablet, or phone.

Squito Throwable Ball 2

“Throwable camera innovations are accelerating with advancements in sensor and imaging microelectronics,” says Hollinger. “With the advent of low-cost, high-speed cameras for outdoor recreation, an affordable throwable camera is finally within reach.”

(via Serveball via Engadget)


 
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  • Oliver

    if you make it weather rugged and in one way or another could drop it into a storm that would be beyond awesome

  • Felipe_Paredes

    really cool, but seems like the camera died judging by the video ending :..(

  • detopguy

    cool !

  • Norshan Nusi

    Make it wireless, then it can be use for military purposes.

  • Kate Hannon

    Very cool.

  • Yvonne Tucker

    Simply amazing invention. I see this being used in so many ways.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=702251093 Reza Ravari

    add laser, self propulsion and you can have that device from prometheus!