Attendees of a recent TED conference in California got a sneak peak at a new imaging technology called Bubbli. The brainchild of Ben Newhouse and Terrence McArdle, it’s a new way to capture and view 360 degree images.
It functions a little bit like Google Streetview. A window onscreen acts like a sort of portal through which a larger image is viewed. The image changes depending on how you move and tilt the device, replicating the real-life experience of standing on a street corner and taking a look around you. Capturing these images, or “bubbles,” is possible thanks to the accelerometer and positioning capabilities of a smartphone.
iPhone users may already be familiar with this kind of application in Yelp’s monocle app, developed by Mr. Newhouse. Users can point their iPhone’s camera at a city street and the app overlays information about the businesses on that street, changing as the user moves the phone around to bring different locations into view.
This technology is still under development. Read more about the project at the creators’ own website.
Apple announced the iPad 2 this week. The second-generation tablet will offer front and rear-facing cameras. The VGA front-facing camera will be useful for video chatting, and the camera on the device’s back panel will be capable of recording 720p HD video content at 30 fps with audio. It will also offer a 5x digital zoom. For more on that announcement, visit our sister site, Tablet PC Review.