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BallCam gives ball's-eye view of football field

A Carnegie Mellon post-doc student and Japanese researchers have come up with a way to get smooth video from inside a spinning football.

You've heard of a bullseye. What about a ball's-eye? A Carnegie Mellon post-doc student and Japanese researchers have come up with a way to get smooth video from inside a spinning football.

Kris Kitani at CMU's Robotics Institute says regulation footballs may not be able to include the technology but the system might be cool for TV coverage of games or for training.

The trick:  Stabilizing the image on a football that can rotate at a nausea-enducing 600 rpm. Don't miss the side by side comparison of the stabilized and unstabilized video from a tossed ball below.

BallCam - Video Stabilization for Spinning Cameras (GoPro Hero 2)

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Whoa, even the stabilized version left me feeling nauseous. Leave it to the folks at CMU to figure out how to work this one out! Pete (www.buy-go-pro.com)

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