Facebook Open Sources 17-Camera Surround360 Rig with Ubuntu Stitching Software

In April, Facebook announced it had built a “Surround360” 3D-360 video capture system, but that it did not plan to sell it. Instead, the social networking giant promised it would open source both the hardware and the Ubuntu Linux-based software used to stitch together images from the camera into stereoscopic 360 panoramas. This week, Facebook did just that, posting full specs and code for the device on GitHub.

The Surround360 incorporates 14 wide-angle cameras with 4-megapixel resolution and global shutters, arranged in a ring-like design