Imagine being able to take a 360-degree panoramic photo as easily as you can throw a padded foam ball into the air. That’s the concept behind the aptly named Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera, developed as a diploma thesis by Jonas Pfeil, a student at the Technical University of Berlin, along with his colleagues Kristian Hildebrand, Carsten Gremzow, Bernd Bickel, Marc Alexa. Embedded within the ball are 36 2-megapixel cellphone cameras. Once the ball is tossed in the air, all 36 cameras fire simultaneously at the moment the ball reaches the apex of its flight, capturing images in a full 360-degree view. Later, the images can be downloaded to one’s PC via USB and viewed through custom software developed by the team. The device is currently patent pending. Click through for video of the ball camera in action.