The 360-degree camera for spherical panoramas

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Ricoh has developed a prototype for a camera that takes spherical panoramic images and immediately beams them to a smartphone.

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Unveiled at the annual CP+ photography show in Japan, Ricoh's concept camera certainly looks like it belongs in the future. Unfortunately, there are no technical details available that explains how it actually works beyond its two 180-degree fish-eye lenses. The camera module stitches its images together and the panorama is sent wirelessly to a smartphone.

The results look impressive, especially when seeing a spherical panorama come together while pinching outwards from the image. The effect is somewhat similar to Google's Photo Sphere functionality, which first appeared in Android Jelly Bean.

At the moment, the concept only works for photos, but the developers hope to make it work with video as well. Find out more about this mysterious contraption below, from DigInfo.

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RayJ1 posted a comment   

Hi guys,

I am a developer from Australia and I just wanted to share my idea that compliment the use of these 360 degrees cameras.

Imagine that if you could capture/watch a live concert or special events or even making 360 based movies of your own, and let the viewers get the experience of watching it like they are there.

Me and my friends are developing a website where people could share their panorama videos and viewers can use their Avegant Glyph/Oculus Rift/ other HMD to watch these videos like you are really there!!

People these days have such a tight schedule that they could easily miss an important event like live concerts of their favourite bands, sports, and even family events, you name it!

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The idea itself could potentially attract many other media community to use this website as a platform to reach other people easily giving them a near real-life experience of watching live events and so on.

Feeling hype about the chance to watch live events without having to be there? Want to watch acoustic/pop concert at time suitable for you, on the best spot of the stadium and can potentially be a lot cheaper (even free)?

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Im Batman posted a comment   

While not as swish looking, some guys in NZ make the same 360º system... and more than just a concept, they have a number of them up around NZ

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