A New Dimension for Photography
GigaPan gives experienced and novice photographers the technology to create high-resolution panorama images more easily than ever before, and the resulting GigaPan images offer viewers a new, unique perspective on the world.
GigaPan offers the first solution for shooting, viewing and exploring high-resolution panoramic images in a single system. EPIC series of robotic camera mounts capture photos using almost any digital camera. GigaPan Stitch Software automatically combines the thousands of images taken into a single image. And GigaPan.com enables the unique mega-high resolution viewing experience.
Bringing Mars Rover Technology to Earth
The GigaPan EPIC series of panoramic photography equipment is based on the same technology employed by the Mars Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, to capture the incredible images of the red planet. I took the opportunity to use technology developed for Mars to take these incredible images.
GigaPan was formed in 2008 as a commercial spin-off of a successful research collaboration between a team of researchers at NASA and Carnegie Mellon University. The company’s mission is to bring this powerful, high-resolution imaging capability to a broad audience.
The original GigaPan prototype and related software were devised by a team led by Randy Sargent, a senior systems scientist at Carnegie Mellon West and the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., and Illah Nourbakhsh, an associate professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh.
(some information gathered from GigaPan) The following image shows how GigaPan on Mars Rover was used.
The following group of small images shows where each shot was captured, 12 across and 12 down, a total of 144 shots, to achieve the final GigaPan shown at the bottom of this page. A Canon Mark ll with a 70mm lens was used with the GigaPan Epic Pro to achieve the final shot, a 2.21 Gigapixel Image.