This gadget has been developed in Japan by Olympus Corporation that is one of
the leaders in producing cameras. At first we had just usual cameras to take simple
pictures, and then we got ability to make panoramic pictures by taking a few shots.
Now we can make a surround panoramic shot with this lens.

The lens gives you a 360 degrees view and besides that it gives you a 45 degree
vertical visibility. This effect was made possible by a special free-curved design that
is axially symmetrical.
Olympus旗下的未來創造研究所週五(7/6)宣布成功研發可360度攝影與投影的「軸對稱
自由曲面」鏡片。

這是將該公司2004年研發的自由曲面稜鏡技術加以改造,將鏡片光學特性與鏡片表面定
義曲線之間的關係大幅改變,且不歸類於現今一般球面或非球面鏡片設計方式,未來也
有可能藉此技術設計出自由度更高的鏡片。

新鏡片製作樣品就像一個球型直徑約6公分的圓弧物體,光線進入鏡片後會在球體內部
反射並投影至所有方向,目前已在攝影機、投影機等產品上實際安裝成功。

Olympus預期此項新技術可用於置放在圓形娛樂中心內部的投影機以播放環場圖片,或
是吊掛於天花板上一次監控所有死角的保全攝影機等。現在該公司正在進行將鏡片加裝
CCD技術拍攝360度影片的實驗,但並未透露實際產品推出時間。  
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360 Degree Lens Makes Surround Photography and Projection Possible   Olympus研發可360度攝影與投影的鏡片
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Olympus研發可360度攝影與投影的鏡片
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360 Degree Lens Makes Surround Photography
and Projection Possible
Olympus研發可360度攝影與投影的鏡片  
文/張志裕 (編譯) 2007-07-09

新的鏡片不屬於現今一般球面或非球面鏡片設
計方式,可360度攝影擷取影像或投影全方位的
內容。
In such a lens the incoming light is being reflected and refracted in such a way that it creates a perfect panorama view of the surrounding area. You will be able to see all
around on such a picture. And here is how a beam of light goes inside this lens:

A very good property of that lens is that the process can go in reverse direction, which means that you can project pictures and 3D movies right in your room on the walls,
ceiling and floor.

These features make the lens extremely useful in photography and projection. It can be mounted as a normal lens to projectors and cameras. This gadget will allow making
both usual and 360 degree panoramic pictures at amazing quality. In fact here is a picture of a camera with 360 degree lens built in.

In future this will make possible downloading a surround picture of a museum room, or some landscape and project it to your room. It will make you feel like you are right
there. Besides, this way you will be able to change the style of your room every day.

It is an extremely practical gadget and can be used in security cameras, 3D cinemas etc. We will all be waiting for 360 degree lens to come out.

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