Carnegie Mellon University and NASA’s Ames Intelligent Robot Group have developed a $200 robot that can take panoramic shots on its own, using an ordinary digital camera. They call it the Gigapan.
It escapes me at the moment why you would need a freakinâ€™ robot to do that when itâ€™s actually quite easy to shoot panoramas with what is available now: a steady hand (or a tripod) and a stitch software.
But coming from Carnegie and NASA, thereâ€™s got to be something there. Maybe itâ€™s the automation feature. Maybe itâ€™s their software.
Or maybe they just want to boast that the Gigapan idea came from the Mars rovers.
My monkey can shoot panoramas.