Gigapan

February 2, 2009 at 4:33 pm | Posted in Events, Hardware, Technology | Leave a comment

The Gigapan is a robotic hardware device that allows you to capture massive panoramic images with standard cameras. In other words, very high resolution images of large views. It takes many photos of a scene that can be seamlessly stiched together.

They demonstrate the technology here. As an example, Obamas Inaugeration speach:

I made this Gigapan image from the north press platform during President Obama’s inaugural address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on January 20, 2009. It’s made up of 220 images and the final image size is 59,783 X 24,658 pixels or 1,474 megapixels.

Here it is in full view mode. Note the zoom tools like Google Maps in the upper left. You can also click and drag and double-click to zoom – right into faces on the far right. Just give it a moment to load the higher resolution.  They don’t look warm. And look at all the unmanned cameras on the front and under the tower. Pretty fancy chairs a few people have behind him. And the look on Bush’s face…

Imagine if they used a high res camera….
David

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