When it comes to the types of video camera used for sports coverage, it’s easy to think that we already have all our bases covered (pun intended, har!). We already have the field cam, the helmet cam, and even the goal cam. But a new type of camera could give us a new way of covering the action: The Ball Camera.
Created by Jonas Pfeil, Kristian Hildebrand, Carsten Gremzow, Bernd Bickel and Marc Alexa and dubbed as a “Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera”, the new device consists of 36 mobile phone cameras and a layer of advanced protective foam. Simply throwing the ball in the air allows one to get remarkable footage of the ball’s flight.
The biggest potential for the throwable panoramic ball camera is in the sporting arena. It would be a nice addition to the usual set of action shots if we can get the camera mounted inside the balls being used in professional sports.
“It would certainly be intriguing to try that,” Pfeil told ThePostGame.com by email Thursday. “We only have a single prototype which we would rather not take into a basketball game. We did, however, take great care to build the prototype as durable as possible.”