Robotic Camera Extension Takes Gigapixel Photos
Strangely, people seem to be focused on the "OMG it's something that people know how to do already" and missed out on the price point. Yeah, given $15,000, I could develop something that does this by putting together panotools and a commercially available robot arm; that's not the point. The point is, it costs under $300, and that's pretty cool.
Ironically, the people claiming these researchers haven't done their homework seem to have not bothered to look into what claims to novelty are being made, something which is pretty trivial to do. Yes, this builds on a large body of work in photo stitching and superresolution. This is a problem because...?
AFAICT, no single part of this system is radically new or different, but as a whole, it's a pretty neat new thing. It's an interesting, integrated technology that's being made available to the average Joe.
It seems to be the same people that developed the Qwerk, which is a low cost LInux PC with integrated stuff for controlling robots. Same MO: cheap, integrated stuff to push robotic technology to the larger community.
So, please, get off your high horses people, and stop accusing people of laziness or dishonesty without first giving some modicum of effort to understanding what it is you're talking about.