GigaPan is a collaborative project between Carnegie Mellon University and NASA Ames Intelligent Systems Division‘s Robotics Group with support from Google. Its goal is to facilitate the taking of large (gigapixel) composite pictures, presenting the data as a single image and providing efficient web storage, browsing and zooming of such images.
The commercially available GigaPan robotic mounts turn most digital cameras into extremely high-resolution panoramic imagers. The robotic unit guides the user through setting up a panoramic scene, then automates the image acquisition process, precisely taking individual pictures across a grid. These images are downloaded to a personal computer where free software stitches, renders, and projects the images together into a single explorable super-image.