Last week Japanese manufacturer Ricoh announced a new innovative device called Theta. This tiny hand held camera lets you capture 360-degree images with a single press of a button.
The Theta is basically two cameras in one – each with its own fisheye lens and a built in software capable of integrating the two images into one 360 degree panoramic image. The Theta has no screen – just a built in 4GB memory and WIFI capable of transferring the images to a mobile device (currently only iOS devices are supported via an app but Android should be ready soon as well).
The Theta is a cool gimic which might be useful for some types of art projects as well. The only downside might be its price – at $400 – it might be a bit too much for some people.
Here is a another official video by Ricoh which explains a bit about the Theta