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Gigapan, a new way to capture digital images

Charmed Labs announces Gigapan, an ongoing partnership with Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute, NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group, and Google. In Gigapan, Giga stands for many, or billions of pixels, and pan as in panorama. One of the primary goals of Gigapan is to capture stunning panoramic images of our world using technology that is affordable to the ordinary consumer. It accomplishes this by precisely manipulating the camera's pan and tilt gaze with precision motors while taking many, possibly hundreds of pictures....

OVERVIEW

Visit the CharmedLabs Gigapan web pagesThe Gigapan imager (pictured) can capture incredibly high-resolution panoramic images with a standard consumer digital camera. It accomplishes this by precisely manipulating the camera's pan and tilt gaze with precision motors while taking many, possibly hundreds of pictures. The pictures are then digitally "stitched" together with special software to create a seamless panoramic image. The results can be amazing--images with incredible detail, clarity and billions of pixels.

Many Gigapan images contain several thousand more pixels than your computer monitor can display at once. For this reason, you don't simply look at a Gigapan, you explore it. The image below is an example of a Gigapan image. Explore it by using your mouse or the pan and zoom controls on the left-hand side of the image. Or go to our partner site Gigapan.org and explore a growing collection of Gigapan images. Or get the latest version of Google Earth where several points of interest feature Gigapans that you can click on and explore.  


Beta Program

We are offering a limited number of beta units to interested parties for an introductory price of $279. If you would like to give a Gigapan imager a try, and provide us with your valuable feedback in return, please fill out our beta registration form. Please submit your information on or before October 19, 2007. We will be informing our applicants on October 26.

Gigapan and the Gigapan imager are part of the Global Connection Project, which is a joint project of Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute, NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group, Google and National Geographic. For more information, visit their website.

Additional information: Visit the CharmedLabs Gigapan web pages
October 11, 2007
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