Press release - Jan 8/2013 CES Las Vegas international Convention Center, USA
Good news for Panogear owners directly from the 2013 CES edition , the international Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, USA.
CES is the source for big announcements and demos from large manufacturers in the consumer electronic industry, and the Panoramic photography is filling a page this year at CES with a new product called PANOSHOOT
. A fully functional Panoshoot/Panogear demo is being exhibited at the Murata electronics booth #35818, South Hall.
The HTML5 user interface works with ALL modern mobile devices
, including Android Smartphones/tablets, iPhones, iPads,WIndows 8 mobile, the new Blackberry 10 and the standard PC/laptop with modern browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, IE 10, safari and Opera.
The Wi-Fi can operate in two modes: Soft AP (a private Wi-Fi network, that doesnâ€™t require a Wi-Fi router) and the infrastructure mode, like all Wi-Fi networks that we have in our homes. The Panogear can be controlled from a remote location
if the Wi-Fi network has internet access.
The Panoshoot module includes an advanced voice interpreter
, so the panogear can be operateD by just talking to your Smartphone (this was a fun test that we did at the show). We only have the opportunity to test this feature with a Samsung Galaxy Smartphone (android), so we donâ€™t know if the voice functionality will work on iPhones. The voice interpreter requires internet connectivity to operate properly (it use Google voice services)
The mosaic setup includes Google earth imaging for easy Field of View estimation on panoramic outdoor photography (Google earth basic support requires internet access).
The Panoshoot module can be configured with the GPS location and full earth orientation automatically from the Smartphone/Tablet, so the XML export file
will include a complete description about the panoramic session position. (Yaw angles are directly related with earth magnet North Pole and pitch angles are related directly with the horizontally earth axis).
Additionally, the Panoshoot include a joystick
to move the Panogear in both axis and is capable to trigger a user pre-defined routine (usually a mosaic). This functionality runs autonomously (no Smartphone/PC/tablet required to activate)
According with the Panoshoot developers, the Panoshoot module provide up to 80.000 standard definition Picpoints
(they call a yaw/pitch angular position as "Pictpoints") that can be configured easily with a single spreadsheet file (Comma delimited format) or by introducing them manually. The developers announce that the Panoshoot store up to 16 different camera profiles, each one with up to 8 different time settings(pauses, shoot time, etc) and bracketing/performance definition for up to 128 possible combinations. Some features related with Panoshoot are covered by a patent pending application.
Panoshoot developers will release a complete API
Panoshoot has an ARM processor + Broadcom Wi-Fi chipset fully integrated by Murata electronics.
According with the Murata wireless marketing Manager Mr. Yong, â€... the Panoshoot is the first product released with the new Murata SN8200/Broadcom WICED technology in the worldâ€¦â€.
There are many other wonderful Panoshoot features that we will explore these days at the CES show to provide more details.
First picture at CES Murata booth.