Panoramic cameras have been around for years and years–but have mostly performed best in the analog days. But over at the Queen’s University Media Lab, the tinkerers there have been experimenting and prototyping a flexible camera that aims to shoot panoramas in one image. To do it, the researchers incorporated multiple camera sensors and lenses onto a flexible surface. The information that the sensors see is displayed onto a flexible OLED screen on the back so that the panorama can be accurately shown.
The OLED screen is so far very responsive to the bends that someone might do to get a wider field of vision.
The only problem that we see so far is just how specialized this might be. Surely landscape photographers would totally eat this up but they also want RAW files to work with and something like this can’t be very portable. It currently seems like you’d be toting around a computer keyboard. Getting consumers to step away from their panoramic features might be tough unless they make it smaller with small sensors.
Video demo is after the jump.