In our most recent Pittsburgh session, we brought out the GigaPan! A GigaPan robot mounts onto a regular camera tripod, where it then holds the actual camera into place for the photo taking. Because of this technology, we can create seamless 360 degree photos and large scale prints of beautiful views and large scenes. It started as a project out of Carnegie Mellon‘s CREATE Lab. Its success, just like Carnegie Mellon’s overall achievement in robotics, has turned it into a successful business and educational program. They created “School Dialogues“, which provides access to GigaPans across the world. Through this initiative, school children in South Africa can connect with school children in Pittsburgh.
and so, Somali-Dutch children in Nijmegen can connect with Somali refugees and American children in Pittsburgh. During my trip to the Netherlands, I was able to meet up with Het Interlokaal, who provides programming for African immigrants to help them acquaint to Dutch culture and jobs. I met with the lovely Keen who helps to run the Dutch-Language Project and brings University students in to tutor young Somali students in Dutch. One of the head tutors, Anne, who has volunteered with Het Interlokaal for many years helped to arranged this exchange project. I trained her in how to use the GigaPan camera and left the equipment with her and Het Interlokaal.
The Pittsburgh group decided to take photos outside of Arsenal Middle School, at the beautiful park behind it. We took two trial photos. Unfortunately, I was having trouble setting up the automatic button shooter, so I had to take each photo manually. This meant I could not join our students in jumping into multiple frames of the photo, but we had a guest help us that day. Mr. Tuffy, from MGR Foundation, came to help us take photos and direct the photoshoot. Hopefully I can get the automatic button shooter to work for next time, or contact the very helpful folks at GigaPan to assist me!
For the first one, Cheron helped me to position the boundaries of the photo, and then jumped into the frames, while I clicked:
This photo, as you can tell is somewhat inside out, but it has a cool effect. It is taken at Arsenal Park, showing our students playing in the Autumn park before Sunset!
We hope to bring additional GigaPans to you in the future. Thanks to GigaPan for your support!