Camera ball.[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
Usually, throwing your camera isn't a good idea. But toss this soccer-ball-size camera skyward sky·ward
adv. & adj.
At or toward the sky.
skywards adv. , and it'll take a 360-degree panoramic photo.
An accelerometer accelerometer
Instrument that measures acceleration. Because it is difficult to measure acceleration directly, the device measures the force exerted by restraints placed on a reference mass to hold its position fixed in an accelerating body. inside the camera measures changes in speed as you throw it (see image, left). A small internal computer then calculates when the camera reaches the highest point in its flight.
When it gets there the ball's 36 mini cameras fire simultaneously. The images they take are put together to create a single photo. "You capture the whole panorama in one go," says computer engineer Jonas Pfeil, who developed the camera as a graduate student at the Technical University of Berlin in Germany.
The device is still a prototype, but Pfeil hopes one day it'll be available for purchase.
TOSS UP toss up
to spin (a coin) in the air in order to decide between alternatives by guessing which side will land uppermost
1. an instance of tossing up a coin
This boy threw the camera ball.
Green foam blocks protect the camera's high-tech parts.
MINI CAMERAS: Thirty-six tiny cameras are set into a strong, flexible nylon material.
A small computer uses data from an accelerometer to determine when to trigger the ball's mini cameras, then stores the resulting college of images.
POWER SOURCE: A battery is secured in a central cage. This helps keep the camera's center of gravity in the middle of the ball so it doesn't wobble wobble /wob·ble/ (wob´'l) to move unsteadily or unsurely back and forth or from side to side. See under hypothesis.
1. when thrown.