Tamaggo says, “Say goodbye to lens attachments and stitched 360. Say hello to a new experience.” Weighing in at 7 oz, egg-shaped, and fitting snugly in the palm of your hand, this is a consumer camera that takes pictures with fully integrated panomorph technology.
Perhaps a moment of silence should be reserved in admiration for the engineer and industrial designer that made this new-age camera not only functional but simple and sleek too.
A Tamaggo picture is completely usable. You can tag it, crop it, Tweet it, Facebook it, and print it. With all the digital cameras racing to catch up to iPhone and Android cameras with their integrated social networking connections, the Tamaggo is competitive in the race and goes beyond the 360-stitiching apps.
In a nutshell, you hold the Tamaggo device in the air and hit the big silver button on the side to take a 360 photo of your current surroundings. It detects the way you are holding the device and will automatically adjust its orientation accordingly for horizontal or vertical panoramic images.
Images are recorded onto SD and you can export images either by removing the card or over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, which the Imager also supports. Charge it up through the mini USB slot and that’s pretty much the kit and caboodle.
Oh the uses of such a device! 360 degrees of a party, a wedding, a secret agent operation.
But designing all this technology into a round device for under $200 wasn’t easy. In this episode of the Product Design Show, Vince and Allison explore how Stephane Lepage and his team at Tamaggo used Creo to overcome some unique design challenges for their 360 degree camera.