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Gigavision: Wireless billion-pixel timelapse

July 24, 2009

TimeScience has partnered with the Borevitz Lab at the University of Chicago to create Gigavision, a solar powered, ruggedized camera system that can record multi-billion pixel image timelapse panoramas.
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The Gigavision system will enable recording and analysis of decades-long time lapse images of the environment at a scale of billions of pixels. Gigapixel resolution time-lapse images make possible visual and numeric analysis of phenological and environmental change across a wide spatial range from the level of the individual to the ecosystem. Gigavision data can be embedded in geospatial visualization tools such as Google Earth and Google maps and used in interactive kiosk displays in National Parks and conservation areas. In addition to scientific applications, gigapixel time-lapse datasets can be used to create compelling video content to promote conservation and educate the public about climate change and other slow but significant environmental change. Giapixel image sets can also be integrated into online interactive educational products.

The Gigavision camera system uses a standard 12 megapixel SLR digital camera with a fixed 200mm lens, a computer controlled pan-tilt mechanism, a mini-computer or microcontroller, solid state data storage, a weatherproof housing and an off-grid power supply. Gigavision systems will be designed to work in rugged environments while streaming live data directly to the web via a cellular or standard 802.11 wireless connection. Optional components include a weather sensors and other abiotic sensor arrays.

Based on the Gigapan concept developed by Carnegie-Melon University the Gigavision recording system will work with our TimeSystem software. The TimeSystem software is an innovative data visualization system designed to facilitate easy analysis and management of time-lapse images and related data. With both a desktop and web-based interface, TimeSystem enables easy sharing of data, collaboration between researchers and promotes a wide range of uses for long-term data sets, from academic research to educational modules. The TimeSystem interface can be configured for use by multiple user groups from research scientists, to educators to conservation groups. Users of the TimeSystem software can easily generate high definition video of landscape change or any other interesting event for presentations, public outreach or conservation campaigns. The TimeSystem can also function in a kiosk installation to provide compelling interactive time-lapse content for National Parks and conservation areas.

See some of the Gigapan images we have shot using the Gigapan Epic system:

2 Comments leave one →
  1. pete permalink
    July 24, 2009 4:09 pm

    I don’t get what is new here? Your gigapan results look like any other gigapaner’s?

  2. timescience permalink*
    July 24, 2009 4:16 pm

    The gigapans linked above are regular gigapans shot with the commercial gigapan head. The system we are building now will be a ruggedized pan-tilt unit that can do time-lapse so you can stick it out in the field and leave it and it will shoot a couple of gigapans a day. Then the next step will be to embed them all in Google earth and, if possible, integrate them with Google’s “history” tool so people can actual slide back through time.

    If we get the funding we will also extend our TimeCam.TV website to all you to pan around in a gigapixel image and then watch time-lapse of any part of the image.

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