Panoramic photography creates wide angle images, closer to the human field of view than conventional pictures. Panoramic image stitching can create panoramas from pictures taken one after another, but this can be time-consuming and moving objects may cause ghosting. It is also difficult to obtain a full spherical panorama, because the downward picture cannot be captured while the camera is mounted on the tripod.
A team from Technical University Berlin have developed a foam-covered throwable panoramic camera that solves these problems. The camera is thrown into the air and captures an image at the highest point of flight - when it is hardly moving. The camera takes full spherical panoramas. It can capture scenes with many moving objects without producing ghosting artifacts and creates unique images.
The camera uses 36 fixed-focus 2 megapixel mobile phone camera modules. The camera modules are mounted in a robust, 3D-printed, ball-shaped enclosure that is padded with foam and handles just like a ball.
More information about the project can be found here: http://jonaspfeil.de/ballcamera