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  • Prototype Lens Creates 360-Degree Videos on iPhone 4



    If you haven't heard about this interesting project yet, you may want to continue reading and check out the video shared above. Meet the "Go Pano Micro," the brainchild of eyesee360. What we have here is a lens that can be affixed to Apple's fourth-generation iPhone to create full-fledged 360-degree panoramic videos.

    As profiled in great detail on DesignBoom, the micro lens that makes the unique iPhone feature possible uses similar technology as the company's 'Go Pano Plus' panoramic optic for digital cameras. In short, the lens takes advantage of an "equiangular mirror" that is made of aluminum substrate instead of glass to "capture a complete panoramic image." Once attached, the lens records all angles at the same time. Consequently, during playback, users can pan through the video and watch from any conceivable angle.

    For now, the product exists only in prototype (the lens and software for iPhone 4). We understand that efforts are being made to secure funding through a kickstarter campaign, the end result of which, hopefully, will be the widespread availability of this nifty device on a variety of mobile devices - phones, cameras, etc.

    For more information about "Go Pano Micro" - and to keep tabs on its potential commercial availability - be sure to check out eyesee360's online homestead by clicking here.

    Source: eyesee360
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Prototype Lens Creates 360-Degree Videos on iPhone 4 started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      This is awesome. I want one. Even though it's a little bit large. The grin on his face seems as though it's a joke at first.
    1. Prolix's Avatar
      Prolix -
      Just by looking at this, I can tell that it'll be costly.
    1. mesojdm's Avatar
      mesojdm -
      So a panoramic cam app + turning it with your hand= same effect minus big bulky Wang hanging off? Am I missing something?
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      Looks epic and nice... but it'll be more than $100 that's for sure... Also with the iPhone 5 around the corner I think they should wait it off and make one for it...
    1. stevelucky's Avatar
      stevelucky -
      Quote Originally Posted by Prolix View Post
      Just by looking at this, I can tell that it'll be costly.
      It's only $50 on the KickStarter page (I already ordered). That includes the lens and case. That's pretty great considering the full GoPano for SLRs is $699.

      Quote Originally Posted by mesojdm View Post
      So a panoramic cam app + turning it with your hand= same effect minus big bulky Wang hanging off? Am I missing something?
      Yes, you are. You can stand in one place (no need to turn anything) and capture 360 degrees of video (or pics). Then later, during playback, you can rotate the video at will to see what's happening anywhere in the field of vision. That's pretty cool. You can see examples on their site: EyeSee360 Examples. Though I hope the final quality would be better than what's shown in the example. It looks pretty pixelated.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Hm. Cool. Wouldn't buy it though unless it further develops into a smaller accessory. It's quite large and ugly right now. Maybe in the future if an integrated one isn't incorporated in the near future.
    1. bignighttrain's Avatar
      bignighttrain -
      This is awesome in any aspect amazing.
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bignighttrain View Post
      This is awesome in any aspect amazing.
      indeed
    1. therockk's Avatar
      therockk -
      I would order one right now. But here is my problem. It does not say anywhere on their website or on the Kick-starter page that what format or quality the Pano video gets recorded in. Now if it is in full 720P HD like how the iPhone 4 can record normal video than i will definitely order a unit right now. But if it is in regular VGA quality than thats something that is just not worth it.

      He says in the page that imagine looking at the brides fathers face while the priest says ...... blah blah ..... Now would you like to see that moment in HD ... or in VGA? I would think someone who is in charge of recording video of the wedding would just have one cameraman shooting the man, wife, priest, while an extra cameraman shooting the people who are watching the ceremony ALL in HD quality so crisp that you can see the BX cable nose hairs of the bride / grooms father! I'm going on and on here. Anyone feel the same way??

      P.S No offence, But the guy in the video ... the way he is grinning, he looks like some sort of sex predator .... I don't know .... lol
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      looks badass. would come in handy too for security situations if they can make a wireless version that you could put somewhere and remotely access.

      Quote Originally Posted by therockk View Post

      P.S No offence, But the guy in the video ... the way he is grinning, he looks like some sort of sex predator .... I don't know .... lol
      well if he tries to pull a stunt, little does he know we have his face on video...haha zing!
    1. 14u2nv's Avatar
      14u2nv -
      Isn't it just basically mirrors making it work? That would mean that the quality of the vid/pic would still be the same because you are using the Iphones camera. If this is the case, it's like holding your phone in front of the mirror, and watching the reflection. The reflection would be the same quality as with no mirror since the camera didn't change.
    1. Dorkenstein909's Avatar
      Dorkenstein909 -
      its a great concept, but probly not practical for the avg user
    1. TheGrandFinale2001's Avatar
      TheGrandFinale2001 -
      Now that's an interesting add on lol. But probably not something I would buy.
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      Quote Originally Posted by stevelucky View Post
      It's only $50 on the KickStarter page (I already ordered). That includes the lens and case. That's pretty great considering the full GoPano for SLRs is $699.



      Yes, you are. You can stand in one place (no need to turn anything) and capture 360 degrees of video (or pics). Then later, during playback, you can rotate the video at will to see what's happening anywhere in the field of vision. That's pretty cool. You can see examples on their site: EyeSee360 Examples. Though I hope the final quality would be better than what's shown in the example. It looks pretty pixelated.
      Yeah the way this thing works is by splitting up ur CCD sensor to look all around. Doing this will greatly reduce the quality. One other thing is I'm curious if there is pc/mac software to go with this or only playable on an iphone.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Norb View Post
      Yeah the way this thing works is by splitting up ur CCD sensor to look all around. Doing this will greatly reduce the quality. One other thing is I'm curious if there is pc/mac software to go with this or only playable on an iphone.
      And an internal fiber optic to transfer the video from the top to the camera lens.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Too big right now and don't really have a use for 360-degree video shots. Good start though!
    1. obtrunco's Avatar
      obtrunco -
      I want one!


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    1. Home Skillet's Avatar
      Home Skillet -
      Cool concept!!

      Creepy dude..
    1. Atreidae's Avatar
      Atreidae -
      looks like there is a PC or mac application that can play the vids.
      You can clearly see him playing back video and moving a mouse across the screen to change the pan
    1. ewokcwalk's Avatar
      ewokcwalk -
      yay!.. now i dont have to turn the camera to my face... haha you know what i mean