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Ladybug — Small Camera Captures the Big Picture


July 22, 2002 - “It is like ‘being there’ and being able to look in any direction you want,” says PGR’s Vladimir Tucakov. “With an interactive interface such as a computer or games console, a five minute video clip might take up to an hour to navigate through.”

The Ladybug uses six cameras—five configured in a horizontal ring and one pointing vertically—to collect video from more than 75 percent of the full sphere from the same point of view. The image sensing technology includes six 1/3” progressive scan colour CCD sensors with 1024 x 768 resolution and independent control of CCD gains for image intensity and balancing. The camera uses high-quality 2.5 mm focal length micro lenses and has automatic/manual gain and shutter control with adjustable frame rate.

The Ladybug can record up to 30 minutes of full frame, raw, uncompressed video. The storage unit consists of four 40GB Ultra ATA/66 notebook hard drives connected to the camera head by high-speed fibre optic link. Any standard PC with an IEEE-1394 capability can be used to preview or control the system, and to retrieve and process previously recorded video data.

“The Ladybug is the perfect technical tool for developers of film, video and new media to create innovative and exciting content,” says Tucakov.

Point Grey Research is a worldwide leader in the development of advanced digital camera technology products. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, PGR designs, manufactures and distributes IEEE-1394 cameras, stereo vision cameras and spherical digital video cameras to a broad spectrum of industries. Through a close working relationship with its customers, PGR continues to be at the forefront of innovation.

For further information on Point Grey Research and its products, contact Vladimir Tucakov at tucakov@ptgrey.com or by phone at 604-730-9937. For media enquiries contact Ana Dimapilis at ana@ptgrey.com.


Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA