Communication / Entertainment


NASA, Carnegie Mellon University

You don’t have to be a world-class photographer (or Photoshop expert) to take a brilliant panoramic shot. The product of a two-year collaboration between Carnegie Mellon and NASA, GigaPan is a robotic tripod device that mounts to your digital camera and can capture thousands of images from all different angles, then weave them into a uniform high-resolution picture with more than a billion pixels. It’s compatible with almost any model and will be priced to own at about $200 (or less). According to project leader Illah Nourbakhsh, it can be used to bridge cultural divides by contributing to a global network of community images — or just to produce a breathtaking memento of your next trip to the ballpark.