Kickstarting a 6-lens spherical 60fps VR camera

Jeffrey Martin writes, "I have been working for the last couple of years on this camera, and we have launched today on Kickstarter. It is a beautiful, small device (the size of a tennis ball) with six cameras that make a 4K-resolution, 60fps, spherical video." Read the rest

Lunar panorama stitched from Chinese Chang'e lander images

Jeffrey sez, "Our esteemed interplanetary panorama enthusiast, Andrew Bodrov, has done it again (previously, this time being the first to stitch a 360 from the new Chinese moon lander!

Lunar panorama: Chang'e 3 lander (Thanks, Jeffrey!) Read the rest

HOWTO build a nixie clock from near-scratch

Jeffrey sez, "The renowned 360 photographer Andrea Biffi has posted complete instructions for building your own Nixie Tube clock, even including how to etch your own circuit board. While the process seems to be slightly more difficult that 'total noob' difficulty (also, with nixie tubes, hazardous voltages are involved, so be careful!), it looks like loads of fun, with an absolutely beautiful end product."

Simple user-adjustable DIY Nixie Clock by andrea biffi (Thanks, Jeffrey!) Read the rest

Panoramic image of Curiosity Rover under Mars's night sky

Jeffrey sez, "360Cities' intrepid member Andrew Bodrov, stitching master of interplanetary awesomeness, has constructed this composite image (i.e. 'fake view') of the Curiosity Rover at night under the Milky Way. You can even see Phobos, Mars' own moon in the night sky."

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Review of tiny Theta 360 panoramic camera

Jeffrey from 360 Cities sez, "I am one of the world's most obsessive and fanatical 360 photographers. So when this weird looking dual-fisheye Theta 360 Camera came out, I hunted high and low for how to get a sample in my hands as quickly as humanly possible. Five days later, the fedex guy showed up with my camera...." Read the rest

World's largest panorama: London

Jeffrey sez, "I spent the last 4 months stitching 48 THOUSAND images together into a single panorama which lets you see things up to about 15 miles away. This image is about 4 times larger than the previous world record image, a 114-gigapixel image of Shanghai (at the time incorrectly labeled as 271 gigapixels) The panorama was shot from the top of BT Tower, using 4 cameras, lenses, and robots for moving the cameras. Three photographers using about $100,000 of gear spent 5 days up there. Ultimately we used 1 set of images which was shot over 90 minutes. Stitching was done on two workstations with 192GB and 256GB of RAM, using Kolor Autopano Giga stitching software. Sadly, the software choked on the gigantic dataset, and the stitching work ended up taking about 3 months longer than planned. This took a serious toll on my mental health. I am extremely happy to be finally putting this image out to the public and letting it see the light of day. Of course there are errors in the image. In the end we had to deliver it to the client with a deadline which had already slipped by months. At any rate, there are FAR fewer errors in the image that I expected. I hope you enjoy it. Can anyone find the pig?"

BT Tower 360 Panorama of London (Thanks, Jeffrey!) Read the rest

Kickstarting a 360' streaming camera

Jeffrey Martin of the 360 Cities panorama site sez, "Sphericam is my new invention. It is a dedicated 360º video with GPS and live streaming capabilities. Inspired by cameras that are an order of magnitude more expensive, I wanted to build something that any enthusiast could afford. It has four cameras with fisheye lenses, connected to a device which records synchronized video from all four cameras onto a single memory card or USB stick. I want 360º video to become mainstream. Did you ever wish you could just stick your camera in the middle of the action, and capture everything at the same time? Now you can. I'm teaming up with Shaddack one of the Czech Republic's most talented electrical engineers. We're ready for you!"

The cameras start at $600 for the first 20, then 99 at $900, and up from there (assuming, always, that they make it to production -- caveat emptor!). Jeffrey and co have built an impressive team and have a good-looking roadmap on the Kickstarter page, too.

Sphericam — The Easy 360º Video Camera (Thanks, Jeffrey!) Read the rest

Counterfeiters counterfeit anti-counterfeiting notice

From MakerBot co-founder Zach Hoeken Smith's photos from Shenzhen, China, a counterfeit Mickey Mouse hat with a prominent anti-counterfeiting notice.

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Panorama inside a washing-machine

Jeffrey sez, "Perhaps not quite surpassing his panorama inside a mouth at the dentist, 360Cities member and Impossible Panorama master Nico Roig created this panorama inside a washing machine."

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Panorama of a despoiled library

Jeffrey sez, "Because there aren't enough things to be sad about in the world. Behold, a once-glorious attic full of books falling victim to entropy and vandalism. I don't know the real story behind this, but I know a sad sight when I see it."

Weberei Eibau Walddorf Dachbodenbibliothek (Thanks, Jeffrey!) Read the rest

Interactive version of Curiosity's Mars panorama

Jeffrey from 360 Cities sez, "Fresh from the Rover! Our member Andrew Bodrov stitched this interactive version of the 360º photo from Mars together. Be sure to go FULLSCREEN for the maximum awesomeness."

Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 2 (Thanks, Jeffrey!) Read the rest

Panoramic images of Hiroshima after the nuclear bomb

360 Cities has a collection of 360 degree panoramas of historic photos taken in August, 1945, after the US detonated a nuclear bomb in Hiroshima, Japan. The photos are from the Hiroshima Peace Museum's collection, now loaded into 360 Cities' panorama explorer.

Hiroshima after the Atomic Bomb (Thanks, Jeffrey!) Read the rest

Panorama of quake damage in Rikuzen-Takada, Iwate, Japan

The 360Cities panorama site has a hair-raising pano of the earthquake damage to Rikuzen-Takada in Japan's Iwate Prefecture -- a whole town reduced to flinders and rubble.

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Enormous hi-rez panorama of a spectacular 18th century library

The 360Cities people shot a 40 gigapixel panorama of the interior of the gorgeous Strahov library, an 18th century biblioparadise in the Czech Republic. You can spend a lot of time getting lost in this image, which 360Cities claims is the largest indoor image ever shot.

Strahov Library 40 Gigapixels  Gallery: Digitizing the past and present at the Library of ... Photos: luscious library porn. - Boing Boing Neil Gaiman's library - Boing Boing Read the rest

Old cockpits in 360° panorama

The 360 Cities project has gathered up high-rez panoramae of 14 old airplane cockpits that fire the imagination and bring detail to your secret pilot fantasies.

I Believe I Can Fly (14 Airplane Cockpits) (Thanks, Jeffrey!)  High-res cockpit view of space shuttle - Boing Boing Airbus A380 Cockpit Pictures - Boing Boing Vintage-cockpit-looking alarm clock -- Boing Boing Gadgets - Boing ... Read the rest

80 gigapixel London panorama

Jeffrey from 360Cities sez, "I spent 3 days shooting, and 6 weeks stitching and editing this 80 gigapixel, fully spherical panoramic photo. Now it's up. Ok, another big boring photo? NO. This one is cool, provocative, and fun. We've prepared the main page in 12 languages (4 today, 8 more to come) You can open the map and click to go to different landmarks. You can click 'take a tour' and sit back to watch yourself fly over the roofs to various random unknown places in the city.

Most exciting of all, we're having 3 competitions - no lotteries or sweepstakes, but feats of skill and cunning! The first two are treasure hunts - find the clues, and be the first to send in the answers. The third competition is something new - I don't think anyone has done this before and I'm really excited about it: it's a storytelling competition. Using this image itself as the canvas, you'll be able to make a kind of panning, zooming cinematic tour of the city, with your own words overlaid on the image. We have holiday prizes (room nights and tours in various awesome places in the world) for the best stories."

London World Record Panoramic Photo: See Big Ben, London Eye, Tower Bridge, and more than you can imagine. (Thanks, Jeffrey!) Read the rest

MC Escher panorama

Here's Nico Roig's interactive panorama, made by stitching together the edges of MC Escher's "Relativity" so that they flow psychedelically into one another in a kind of sphere.

Tribute to Escher (Thanks, Jeffrey!) HOWTO make Escher-like Droste photos Escher's Hands Drawing Hands for the robot set Escher lizard paving-stones MC Escher remix contest M.C. Escher meets Lance Armstrong for the Bio-Cycle ... MC Escher remix contest Hong Kong camera phones have Escher-esque zoom out ... Read the rest

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