Spherical Imaging System


Spherical Imaging System


      A project by Steve Hines in the fourth-year School of Design at North Carolina State University.  One, two, three-point perspective, and even cylindrical-perspective imaging systems were well known.  Steve set out to extend the capabilities of perspective systems by developing a camera and projection system to record and play back the entire surrounding space for the viewer.

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      A 16mm movie camera photographs reflections of the surround from a hemispherical reflector.         The reflected image captures the entire surrounding space.  The top half in the center.  The lower half, from the horizon down, in the outer rim.



      The image is projected onto the the same reflector, hanging just above the viewer’s head on a threaded rod, and is reflected into the 6-ft. diameter spherical screen where the surrounding space is reconstructed.



      Steve Hines, left, holds the brace used to support the dome projection screen.  Classmate Bob Buck holds spars used to form the screen’s shape.  Right: the completed spherical screen and movie projector mounted to the top of a classroom wall.


      This is not a product for sale.  This project is shown only as an example of innovation by Steve Hines who offers consulting as well as a variety of licensable technology.





email: Steve@HinesLab.com

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