The 360-degree camera for spherical panoramas

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

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

(Screenshot by CBSi)

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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Lexy spent her formative years taking a lot of photos and dreaming in technicolor. Nothing much has changed now she's covering all things photography related for CNET from the Sydney office.

 

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