Viooa has created two hemispherical 360 cameras for drones to make gimbals unnecessary.
Drones with cameras typically use gimbals for stabilization. Gimbals work well but controlling a gimbal while maneuvering the drone can be difficult and may require having to program a flight path, or assistance from a second operator.
Viooa has two hemispherical 360 cameras for drones that make gimbals unnecessary by using an inertial measurement unit (IMU) to stabilize the video. The cameras feature a low-profile aerodynamic design.
The Viooa (shown above) has one hemispherical 360 lens. The Viooa Sense is similar to the Viooa and has a hemispherical camera as well but adds four cameras and a processor to identify obstacles, similar to Intel’s Realsense camera.
Here is a video of the Viooa cameras in action.
The camera takes video at 4k resolution and takes 32mp still photos. There’s not a lot of info about the mounting options, but it appears that they are usable with many drones, not just the 3DR Solo featured in the video. I will try to visit their booth at CES 2017!
Thanks to Wiebe de Jager for bringing this to my attention!