Totally brilliant: That there is the Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera, developed by Jonas Pfeil, Kristian Hildebrand, Carsten Gremzow, Bernd Bickel, and Marc Alexa of the Computer Graphics Group at TU Berlin as a thesis project. The working device incorporates 36 2-megapixel cameras harvested from cell phones and contains an accelerometer in its center. Throw the ball up in the air, and when it reaches its highest point (and is thus moving the least), the shutters are triggered, capturing a completely panoramic and navigable shot. Check it out:
Learn more about the device, which is intended to be presented at SIGGRAPH Asia 2011 in two months' time, on Jonas Pfeil's website.