Using 36 fixed-focus 2 megapixel mobile phone camera modules, the Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera is the brainchild of Jonas Pfeil, Kristian Hildebrand, Carsten Gremzow, Bernd Bickel, Marc Alexa at Computer Graphics Group, TU Berlin. The camera modules are mounted in a robust, 3D-printed, ball-shaped enclosure that is padded with foam and handles just like a ball.
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, and images are taken instantaneously. It can capture scenes with many moving objects without producing ghosting artifacts and creates unique images and lets you take pictures from an angle that otherwise would be very hard to achieve.