You’re thinking a helpless prisoner tied down to a chair has this globular nightmare device stuck to his head, then someone presses a button and the screaming begins.
Hey, relax! What’s pictured above is a totally benign multi-lens camera that takes 360 degree images. Built by a team of Swiss nerds at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, this gizmo that has no viable purpose at the moment is supposed to render an immersive 3-dimensional “image.” What for? We have no idea.
But hey, it’s a 100-lens 3D camera. What its creators wanted to, uh, re-create is the eyeball of a fly, which is notorious for its breadth of vision and slow motion capture. Of course, while the finished product appears a practical approach to an impractical problem, we ourselves find it hard to imagine what a 360-degree image will look like. Or more specifically, how are we supposed to immerse ourselves in it?
Just thinking such thoughts makes our head hurt. Argh!
According to the EPFL nerds responsible for the build, scratch our heads we may, but they’ve got dozens of scenarios in mind for applying their wonder contraption.
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