For 16 years, EyeSee360 has made panoramic cameras for the military and other industries. Now the company has adapted its technology for the 360Fly, a consumer video camera that allows anyone to record a whole scene—360 degrees around and 240 vertically—without moving. Users mount the baseball-size camera on a tripod or GoPro-style on a helmet or surfboard. The lens captures the image, and the camera sends footage to a phone or computer over Wi-Fi. Viewers can watch the video as a single framed shot or click-and-drag to see the entire scene almost as if they were there.
Horizontal field: 360 degrees
Vertical field: 240 degrees
Approximate resolution: 1,500 x 1,500 pixels
Weight: 4.2 ounces
Price: $450 (est.)
This article originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of Popular Science.