15 January 2009

A Commercial Pancam Spinoff?

Posted by Ryan Anderson


Ever wish you could make a stunning panorama like the rovers do? Apparently now you can! A friend of mine just sent me a link to GigaPan systems, who are selling a beta version of a robotic tripod and software for making panoramic images. I love NASA spinoffs!

From the site:

The GigaPan Imager uses the same panoramic photo technology as the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, used to collect amazing panoramic images of Mars. The original GigaPan Imager prototype and related software were devised by a team led by Randy Sargent, a senior systems scientist at Carnegie Mellon West and the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., and Illah Nourbakhsh, an associate professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh.

There is also a site that showcases panoramas that people have made using the system and I have to say, they are pretty darn impressive.