The entrance of consumer grade and professional 360 spherical cameras to the market will change the way people capture and interact with digital images and video. While cameras like the Ricoh Theta, Samsung Gear 360 and Facebook Surround 360 cameras will meet consumer and professional needs, no platform is available to the maker, hacker, or educator.
This goal of this project is to develop a hardware kit that is open, hackable, adaptable, and extensible to open this incredible technology to everyone.
The key principles of this project are as follows:
-Use as much off the shelf components as possible
-Use simple mechanical mounting that can be assembled without any specialized tools or equipment
-Compatible with mobile computing platforms such as Raspberry Pi or similar
-Cost to be similar to a consumer level 360 cameras such as Ricoh Theta ($250-$350)
-At least still capture capable