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Sept. 21: Carnegie Mellon Researchers To Introduce Gigapan Camera System

Contact:

Anne Watzman                       
412-268-3830                     
aw16@andrew.cmu.edu            
   
Byron Spice
412-268-9068
bspice@cs.cmu.edu

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Researchers To Introduce Gigapan Camera System,
Enabling Any Digital Camera To Produce Interactive, Multibillion-Pixel Panoramas

EVENT: After a two-year collaboration with colleagues at NASA's Ames Research Center, Carnegie Mellon University scientists will introduce the Gigapan camera system, a robotic device that attaches to any digital camera, enabling the user to shoot interactive, multibillion-pixel panoramas that can be explored in great depth on the Internet. They'll announce plans for the Gigapan system's commercial availability, as well as revealing a special relationship with a major company's visualization tool to display Gigapan pictures to the world. Carnegie Mellon scientists will show examples of how the Pennsylvania Board of Tourism is using Gigapan technology to let people everywhere explore the Commonwealth's Civil War sites, and they'll discuss an exciting new initiative with UNESCO, in which children in different parts of the world - from Pittsburgh to South Africa and Trinidad - will use the Gigapan camera to learn about their neighborhoods and each other's cultures. For a taste of the Gigapan, see http://www.gigapan.org/.

WHEN: 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26.

WHERE: 3305 Newell-Simon Hall on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Newell-Simon is behind Hamburg Hall off Forbes Avenue. The best parking is under the Collaborative Innovation Center (CIC) beside Hamburg Hall and the Forbes Avenue Bridge. Turn onto Craig Street from Forbes and make the first right. Go down the hill to Neville Street and make a right. The CIC parking lot will be a few hundred yards ahead on the left. After parking, take the elevator to the lobby. Newell-Simon Hall will be a few hundred yards away on the right. For assistance that day, contact Anne Watzman at 412-780-1118.

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