Build your own 360º camera with a Raspberry Pi

360º camera

Many are the occasions that we talk about the immense amount of possibilities that a Raspberry Pi can have, unfortunately it is communicated and above all users are determined to demonstrate how good it can be to use it as an emulator for an old console, multimedia center ... basically it seems be that all projects revolve around these themes. Today I want to show you something very different, how create your own inexpensive 360º camera using this interesting controller.

If you are a video creator or simply a consumer, surely on more than one platform, for example YouTube, you will have come across a 360º video, without a doubt a format that offers freedom of images to be viewed since any user can focus the image at the point that he considers most interesting at a specific moment. Unfortunately, getting a camera to record this type of content is something that seems to be available only for the wealthiest pockets.

Create your own 360º camera thanks to this project published on the Tinkernut platform.

For this project, a user of the well-known portal Tinkernut has used only a panoramic lens for the iPhone, which means that the project has a total cost that does not exceed the U.S. dollar 75, a very reasonable price with which anyone can have their own 360º camera without having to spend a large amount of money, remember that for this type of camera there are many companies that offer solutions whose price is around the U.S. dollar 15.000 how can the GoPro Odyssey platform.

As you can see both in the images and in the videos in this post, the user responsible for the project has decided to use a Raspberry Pi 3 equipped with SimpleCV, a panoramic lens compatible with the iPhone 4 named Kogeto Dot that must be modified to be able to be attached to the platform and even a series of files to create, by means of 3D printing, the case for the whole set.

As you can see, the results obtained are quite discreet although the truth is that for $ 75 you can't ask for more from such a humble project. Of course, there are much better solutions such as adding a much higher quality sensor, a better camera, more powerful software ... with which to improve your videos, although the cost of the project will surely grow considerably.

Further information: tinkernut

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