FullView Panoramic Camera: Google Tech Talk

Panoramic and spherical-view cameras today are by and large one of three types:

1. A single camera with wide-angle optics, such as a fisheye lens or curved mirror;
2. Multiple cameras looking out directly in different directions; or
3. Multiple cameras looking out off flat mirrors, which is FullViews patented approach.

Whereas multiple cameras offer much higher resolution than any single camera, multiple cameras looking out directly are in general incapable of producing seamless, artifact-free and blur-free composite images no matter what, because of parallax. FullView evades parallax through its patented approach in which multiple cameras look out off flat mirrors such that all the cameras are effectively looking out in different directions but from the same single viewpoint. As a result, FullViews composite images, whether a video or still view panorama, and irrespective of their resolution, are always seamless, artifact-free and blur-free, and they provide much higher resolution than outwardly pointing cameras.

The Google Tech talk below by Vic Nalwa, President of FullView, is a must see for anyone interested in panoramic imagery:


See http://www.fullview.com/ for more technical details – pdf link

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

2 Comments

  1. Anonymous - June 19, 2009

    .. And there is CircleVision, which is similar to Fullviews in sense of camera rig construction, but is always displayed with seams. Disney have invented it and they’ve been using it for years in their theme parks.

  2. Anonymous - June 23, 2009

    He inaccurately says the images are 360×360. They are 360 by 180. Strange he would make a mistake like this.

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