Ball Camera Captures Video Mid-Flight
Ready for a ball's-eye view of the game? A new patent, granted in August, envisions a baseball-shaped and -sized camera that captures video and photos after it's thrown. The ball camera could be used for reconnaissance and just for fun, according to Serveball, a Boston-based company that is developing the technology.
The ball will be equipped with location and orientation sensors, so it is able to track one subject on the ground as it flies through the air, according to a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. For video, the camera gathers and stitches together multiple images from its flight, a creating continuous stream. The camera is also able to snap still pictures and 360-degree panoramas.
The ball's inventor, sculptor Steve Hollinger, has created a prototype with position sensors, three cameras, a microcontroller and an image processor, SlashGear reported. He has named his creation Squito.