720 Degree Camera - IC Realtime

Author: John Honovich, Published on Mar 25, 2014

Now that essentially every IP camera manufacturer has 360 degree cameras, are you ready for a 720 degree one?

Well, that is what IC Realtime is introducing at ISC West 2014. Inside this note, based on discussions with the manufacturer, we review features, pricing and competitive positioning.

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Comments (17)

I can see this being useful only if you really need to see up. Otherwise, a 360 dome is just as useful.

I'll wait for the 1440 degree cameras, so I can see all the way around...

Your wait is over (almost): As Alex K. would say, Take a look! at the 108MP Panono....

Although it just does stills now, the history has shown that the inevitable security adaptations of this "revolutionary" technology should roll out around 48-60 months from now, give or take 10 years.

Who is Rukmini Wilson?

Will you be attending ISC?

I would love to shake your hand!

I am deleting Jim and Alex's comments above. This is getting off topic. You all can communicate over Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

I find it strange that the ICR PR materials about this unit don't seem to have any real-world examples of where you would expect to use this. Other than the race car example and even that doesn't seem like huge justification.

In all the various things I've come across for odd camera requests, I don't ever recall a scenario where I wished a camera like this existed.

Can anyone come up with a truly useful purpose for this unit? I'm genuinely curious.

I hear Dedicated Micros' CEO is really excited about this...

It could be useful but the price makes it really hard to consider, especially compared to what's out there.

either it works or it goes on the list of "stitch the images together and hork the output at the vms" problem children I'll hear about in 6-12 months. Or someone else (an Avigilon sales rep?) will pre-announce a 1000 degree camera just because.

Seriously, if it's that complicated we really want solid engineering. Solid does not mean "can survive a formual 1 crash into the retaining wall". "Solid" means "works after a Nessus scan, has decent SNMP, has syslog, things like that.

Might be awsome. Not interested in bleeding edge adoption. Look forward to the intense ipvm.com review.

How is this a world first? The Mobotix S14 has been out for what a year now? I hate marketing people sometimes.

From the Mobotix website

The two sensors allow the S14 to generate two distortion-corrected, high-resolution 180° panorama images, each with a resolution of 3.1 megapixels.

On the other hand even if the S14 or S15 was a 360 degree double hemispheric, the marketing guys at ICR would still claim primacy, since only they would dare insult any customers who had ever taken high school geometry, with their purile doubling of the first two spatial dimensions somehow into the extension of the third.

That as my title, as they are the only people claiming to have a '720 degree' form factor and as I explained in the post, and Scott's comment further demonstrates, there are lots of similar things out there.

Yes, you could put 2 of the Mobotix 'eyeballs' back to back for a similar solution, much like the referenced Vivotek cube panoramics mentioned in the post.

Here is one too, the specs say 752 degrees (max) somehow on this one, so there must be something crazy coming out of the other end!

Tedor,

Are you trying to be funny? :)

That's temperature. We're talking about angles above.

Are you trying to be funny? :)

Yes! Did I Happy April Fooled You?

And yes it was just past the witching hour here when I pulled my pranker over you, so its legal and tender because of origin time. I was to keep on the prank but fell to sleep. You gotta watch your timezones from now on! Was I the top dog or did a Fijian get you first?

Im glad you asked if I was joking, so it means you think I have learned something by now

Sleep now.

I was wondering what/who the "real technology" was that was/is behind this. http://www.360lab.com/

I don't see much value in that 360 view. It is so distorted compared to natural human view that it is too hard to process and enjoy.

Undisclosed 2, I had not seen 360Lab before. The 2 people listed there are both also listed as employees of IC Real Tech. I am not sure how they are structured or splitting equity.

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