This patent covers the hardware design of a multi-camera array of video cameras making up a spherical or 360º panoramic video system.
The whole idea is fairly obvious and already exists in a number of commercial systems, so I'd like to know if anyone would be able to help to post concrete examples of prior art here which can show as many of the claims as possible as not novel or obvious in this patent application.
There are a few 360º panoramic video cameras already on the market, including the Ladybug http://www.ptgrey.com/products/ladybug3/Ladybug3_360_video_camera.asp Geonaute http://www.geonaute.com/camera360/ Sphericam http://www.sphericam.com and others.
- A camera device for creating spherical video and corresponding audio, said camera device comprising:
a camera device housing;
a computer processor for operating the camera device, said computer processor being located inside the housing; a plurality of cameras, each of said cameras having a lens attached thereto located outside the housing and oriented in different directions for acquiring image data; at least one microphone for acquiring audio data corresponding to the acquired image data;
a system memory having stored thereon computer-processor executable instructions for operating the camera device, said computer-processor executable instructions comprising instructions for:
initiating image acquisition; acquiring at least first and second image data synchronously from the plurality of cameras;
acquiring audio data from the at least one microphone synchronously with the image data acquisition;
processing the acquired first image data and the acquired second image data to create a single image including at least a portion of the acquired first image data and at least a portion of the acquired second image; encoding the single image and the acquired audio data into a spherical video file; and
saving the spherical video file to a system memory.