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Camera ball takes 360-degree panoramas

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With a playful flick of the wrist, this ball containing 36 cameras can take amazing, immersive panorama images.

A group of researchers has created this foam camera ball, which takes panoramic photos when thrown into the air. Made up of 36 fixed-focus 2-megapixel camera modules from mobile phones embedded into the sphere, the ball captures images when it reaches the highest point — the point where there is the least movement.

According to the researchers, the camera ball can take images of multiple moving objects without ghosting artefacts. When the ball returns from its flight, images can be downloaded via USB. A very cool demonstration of the technology can be seen in the video below.