Oct 152011

We have the goal cam, the field cam, and the helmet cam.

But the best may be still to come: the ball cam.

An initial prototype of the Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera has been developed by Jonas Pfeil, Kristian Hildebrand, Carsten Gremzow, Bernd Bickel and Marc Alexa. Consisting of 36 mobile phone cameras and a layer of advanced protective foam, a simple toss in the air gives breathtaking perspective to a ball’s flight.

It’s not hard to see potential in the sporting arena. What if this sort of camera was mounted inside the balls we use on the field in professional sports?

Can you imagine seeing Santonio Holmes‘ Super Bowl-winning catch against the Cardinals captured from the perspective of the ball, surrounded by a packed stadium and flying past some of the best athletes in the world? Or perhaps the moment just after Lionel Messi fires at goal, but just before the keeper extends to stop the shot?

“It would certainly be intriguing to try that,” Pfeil told ThePostGame.com by email Thursday. “We only have a single prototype which we would rather not take into a basketball game. We did, however, take great care to build the prototype as durable as possible.”

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