The project is 3-fold; it consists of a robotic device for a consumer camera that takes a number of overlapping images, software that stitches the images into one large panorama, and a community website for sharing, exploration, and discussion. Users don't need to author panoramas in order to be an active part of the community; anyone can take snapshots and comment on parts of panoramas as part of the exploration and discovery process.
The original GigaPan goal was to enable people to create their own high resolution stories (and explore others) through immersive imagery. Today's GigaPan community is a thriving one including journalists, artists, scientists, educators, and historians. I could say more, but I think the gigapans themselves are the best teachers. Use the controls on the image to zoom and pan my gigapan of Sutro Baths in San Francisco as part of my appearance on PBS Design Squad.
For the GigaPan community and gigapixel panoramas: www.gigapan.org
For the robotic system: www.gigapansystems.com
My gigapans: www.gigapan.org/profiles/lbot
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