Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with scientists at NASA’s Ames Research Center, have built a low-cost robotic device that enables any digital camera to produce breathtaking gigapixel (billions of pixels) panoramas, called GigaPans. These huge image files can then be explored by zooming in on features of interest in a manner similar to Google Earth. “We have taken imagery and made it a new tool for exploration and for enhancing global understanding,” said Illah Nourbakhsh, associate professor in the School of Computer Science’s Robotics Institute. The GigaPan camera system is part of a larger effort known as the Global Connection Project, led by Nourbakhsh. Its purpose is to make people all over the world more aware of their neighbors. Global Connection’s earlier accomplishments include the publication of the National Geographic magazine photography and story layer in Google Earth.
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