Ricoh Shows Off Panoramic Camera at CP+

One of the more bizarre devices to pop up at CP+ is a 360° camera from Ricoh

In addition to big announcements from major companies, CP+ in Japan also saw a number of slightly more oddball devices appear for the first time. Perhaps the most curious of the lot is a prototype camera from Ricoh capable of taking full 360° photographs with a single click.

The camera is still in its design phase, and not all of the features have been finalized. It appears to have two fish-eye 180° lenses, and when you take a photo, the camera stitches two images together into a single full panorama. It then beams the data over Wi-Fi to your smartphone or tablet. From there you can interactively pan around, or even zoom out and view the entire image as a sphere. Talking to DigInfoNews, Ricoh talked about plans to shrink the device, as well as the possibility of adding video support.

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Hopefully Ricoh can get enough interest that they do attempt to commercialize the camera. Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for the Throwable Panoramic Ball camera to one day come out.

[via PhotoRumors, image by GizMag]