GigaPan -- the ultra-zoomable imaging technology -- is enabling novel research in archaeology, zoology, and many other scientific fields, experts said this week. The system stitches thousands of closeup images together into panoramas of thousand-megapixel resolution, which are hosted at the Gigapan website and viewable from anywhere in the world.
Robotics professor Illah Nourbakhsh's CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University first created the technology, which uses a robotic camera mount, a software package, and a digital camera. The lab initially received support from NASA's Ames Intelligent Robotics Group and Google to develop the system for Mars rovers. But in recent years, the team has also crafted an affordable tool for scientists.
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