The Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera is an invention of Jonas Pfeil, and was done for his diploma thesis as an engineer.
It consists of a camera that takes truly spherical panoramic pictures solving two key problems of traditional panoramic images. The first is that there is no underlying tripod blocking the downward scene, because you actually have to throw the camera up in the air. The second is that, thanks to the Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera, all angles are captured simultaneously so there is no need to digitally stitch multiple panoramic images together.
The Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera has 36 fixed-focus 2 megapixel mobile phone camera modules attached to a ball-shaped enclosure. It has a built-in accelerometer, so the camera is able to automatically capture the spherical image at the highest point of its trajectory (which happens to be the most stable moment to photograph). After the image is taken, it is easy to download the spherical image to any computer.
The Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera allows you to relive your favorite moments and discover particulars that you never noticed before.