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Throwable Camera Ball Can Help Search & Rescue Missions [Video]

Throwable Camera Ball Can Help Search & Rescue Missions [Video]
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Squito allows users to capture 360-degree air shots in dimly lit conditions.

Yi Chen
  • 10 july 2013

Squito is about the same size as a tennis ball and is able to capture panoramas in just a throw. The device was created by Steve Hollinger, an artist and inventor based in Boston, USA.  The ball is equipped with a sensor, microcontroller, image processor, and three cameras that can capture sequential frames when it’s thrown into the air.

The camera includes a powerful software that is able to stabilize and stitch the images together into a single video feed or 360-degree photo. Hollinger is also working on a prototype that can be used in search and rescue missions. This camera ball will be able to transmit near IR and thermal data to allow emergency teams to see through dark, smoke, and fog.

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Hollinger explains that:

Throwable camera innovations are accelerating with advancements in sensor and imaging microelectronics. With the advent of low-cost, high-speed cameras for outdoor recreation, an affordable throwable camera is finally within reach.

Watch the video below for a demonstration of Squito:

Squito

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