Tamaggo 360 imager

Taking panorama images of your surroundings have always been a cumbersome task…until now. We’ve resorted to methods of stitching pictures manually using Photoshop or using automated means with apps such as Photosynth and AutoStitch Panorama.

Look no further because the Tamaggo 360-imager is here.

According to Tamaggo’s press release, Tamaggo 360-imager is the “first consumer device with integrated, built-in, panamorph technology that captures 360° high-resolution, navigable images with just one click.

Sounds too good to be true? Check out the Flash example below, courtesy of Tamaggo.

One of the unique features,” [Tamaggo Founder and President Jean-Claude Artonne] continued, “is that the Tamaggo can freeze the action taking place within the entire 360°-imaging environment, unlike a standard stitching solution that needs multiple snapshots taken over a few seconds, such as required by Microsoft Photosynth and other stitching applications.” 

The Tamaggo 360-imager isn’t like other lens extensions or stitching technology – it simply captures the surrounding environment in its entirety and the best part is: it doesn’t stop there.

  • Worried about what’s included in a ‘frame’ in your panorama? Worried if the surrounding objects, people start moving while you’re capturing the moment? No worries, Tamaggo 360-imager captures everything with a One-click “snapshot”.
  • Don’t want yourself covering a portion of the panorama? No worries! Thanks to the ergonomic shape of the Tamaggo 360-imager, you could either hold it in a certain position, use the integrated stand that triggers and auto-delay timer for remote capture, OR you could even hold it above your head for a full 360° capture.
  • Carrying around a USB cable sucks. Want to transfer your photos instantly to your laptop on the run? No worries! Tamaggo 360-imager has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity!
  • Focus and Quality? Tamaggo 360-imager works off from a 14 mega-pixel camera sensor with a wide dynamic range, integrated with the ImmerVision technology that enables panamorph 360° optics. It also has auto focus with a 2″ diagonal LCD touch screen.

I don’t know. I’m completely sold. If this were a Kickstarter project, for example, I’d be all over it! The good news is Tamaggo is expected to be ready by Q2 2012 at a price range of under $200.

As demonstrated above, the user will be able to pan, navigate and zoom into the 360° images. These images could also be edited and cropped into multiple pictures for a digital album, as well as be shared as navigable panorama images via email or social networking services.

While it doesn’t look like Tamaggo 360-imager would include a video capability, it certainly seems to me like the next step that Tamaggo could consider for future releases. There currently are a couple notable consumer-friendly 360-degree panorama devices that captures video – GoPano Micro and Kogeto Dot – however not without some disappointments as noted by the early adopters.

I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about the Tamaggo 360-imager. There already seems to be plenty of hype going around in CES with the new elegant solution for panoramic imaging! For more information, check out Tamaggo’s website as well as Twitter (@Tamaggo_360). Also, here’s the link to the official press release.

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Here are the Technical Specs for the Tamaggo 360-Imager
o 14MP sensor with wide dynamic range
o ImmerVision Enables panomorph 360º optics
o 2″ diagonal LCD touch screen
o Intuitive orientation sensor
o Solid state
o Mini USB and wireless (WiFi and Bluetooth)
o Weight: 7 oz (190g)
o Dimensions:
Length -3.62 inches (92mm)
Height -2.19 inches (55.8mm)
Width- 2.40 inches (61.1 mm)
o Battery: Li-Polymer rechargeable
o Integrated stand for remote image capture
o Compatible with multiple devices:
mobile phones, computers, netbooks & tablets
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