Sure, regular HD is nice — you really get a gander at an anchorman’s makeup, and the stars’ wrinkles are shocking — but does it go far enough? Olympus doesn’t think so. The camera company — long known to bring the goods on the picture-takin’ end — has just created the first 360-degree, 1080i camera and projection solution. Utilizing a proprietary system based around an “axisymmetric free-form-surface lens,” the camera can shoot video at horizontal and vertical viewing angles of 360-and-50-degrees, respectively; the images can then be projected in the same range by a separate unit. Obviously, you won’t see this in the consumer sector any time soon, but it does open some pretty interesting opportunities for installations and security alike.
Olympus creates 360-degree HD camera and projector24 11 2007