Capture Your Own 'Google Street View' Video
Sure, the iPhone 5′s new panoramic photo option takes pretty cool pictures, but let’s face it, what you really want is one of those Google Street View cameras in the palm of your hand. Here’s a device that gives you just that, and you won’t have to carjack a Google van to get it.
The Sphericam is a camera that lets you capture your word how you really see it: in panoramic real time. Created by Prague-based designer Jeffry Martin, the device features four synchronized video cameras with fisheye lenses that let you capture 360-degree, high-def video from where ever you go. It shoots 25 frames per second and can record up to three hours of video, all viewable on its attachable monitor.
“On your computer at home, you can view your video instantly in a seamless, full 360 format,” writes Martin on his website. “You can even upload it to Youtube or publish it to the web in an interactive format.”
Additionally, Sphericam “contains a GPS device built in to the camera enclosure, allowing you to create georeferenced 360-degree movies,” writes Martin on his Kickstarter page. “Think Google Streetview in the palm of your hand.”
While watching the video may make you feel like you just downed some magic mushrooms, nonetheless, the project’s base Kickstarter pledge/package for $599 is already sold out. If and when Sphericam launches, the base device will be $975 and arrive later this spring.