Creating the first panoramic video conferencing camera array

We believe in enhancing human connections. It fuels our passion to create innovative products which help people connect naturally and easily.

A single camera limits our field of view. Our eyes, on the other hand, give us a panoramic perspective. And in live discussions, we instinctively use this panoramic view to get context, become comfortable and then choose what to focus on, what to say and when and how to say it. With PanaCast, we give you that immersive experience with a live 180° view – at any time and anywhere in our connected world.

Three camera array

PanaCast is the world’s first Panoramic-4K Plug-and-Play USB video camera system which delivers a natural human perspective through an ultra-wide 180º wide, 54º tall field-of-view.

Key innovations

Several key innovations in Imaging Science, Computer Vision, Electronic System architecture and Semiconductor Design and Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled us to make three cameras work as one in the PanaCast 2 device.

A core innovation in PanaCast 2 is the dynamic stitching algorithm which creates a globally-optimized, pixel-accurate stitching of the video streams from adjacent cameras in real time with an ultra low latency of 5 ms for the stitching process achieved with the PanaCast Vision Processor (PVP) built into the PanaCast 2 device. The PVP also mathematically renders each pixel to a cylindrical surface to produce a natural looking visual perspective. There are eight additional processors for specific pipeline tasks in the PanaCast 2 device.

Altia Systems’ founding team develops the core idea of a synchronized camera array.
First, there were 2! The team masters the alignment and synchronization of 2 cameras - a big “a-ha” moment!
Altia Systems is founded with a singular goal: to bring the natural human visual perspective to video collaboration.
The PanaCast 1 prototype is done! Manufacturing and mass production begins.
Altia Systems’ Engineering team achieves < 1 frame delay for stitched video with PanaCast 1 (real-time performance).
PanaCast wins the DEMOgod award, a prestigious award show produced by Erick Schonfeld (former Editor in Chief of TechCrunch) in San Francisco.
After winning a DEMOgod award, we are invited to show PanaCast at “Dive into Mobile” (produced by Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal and “All Things Digital” from The Wall Street Journal) in New York. We then run a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Aurangzeb Khan, Co-Founder and CEO of Altia Systems, demonstrates PanaCast 1 with dynamic seam-stitching at Consumer Electronics Symposium (CES) 2014. We start shipping PanaCast 1.
Intel Capital leads Altia Systems’ Series B investment round. The key innovations for PanaCast 2 are developed and product design begins.
PanaCast 2 manufacturing and production begins. Shipments start in October 2015. PanaCast 2 receives prestigious industrial design recognition by winning the Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award.
GoDaddy, recognizing PanaCast as a tool for stronger global communication, becomes Altia Systems’ first enterprise customer.
700+ companies and 100+ universities deploy PanaCast 2 worldwide. PanaCast 2 receives the 2016 CES Innovation Award Honoree recognition.
Our first Intelligent Vision software product - Intelligent Zoom - starts shipping and receives several awards at Integrated Systems Europe in Amsterdam. We continue innovating our core technology, introducing dynamic seam stitching and VR mode algorithms. We demonstrate the first micro-camera array technology with Qualcomm at Embedded Systems World in Nuremberg. The PanaCast 3D VR kit and PanaCast 2s both receive recognition as 2017 CES Innovation Award Honorees.
Two more Intelligent Vision software products - PanaCast Vivid and PanaCast Whiteboard - start shipping and receive awards at InfoComm 2017. We innovate and introduce the VR mode for dynamic seam stitching. The PanaCast 3D VR kit and PanaCast 2s both receive recognition as 2017 CES Innovation Award Honorees.
By March 2018, 1,400+ companies and 200+ universities all around the world use PanaCast every day. We make the PanaCast platform open to developers with the release of API 1.0 and demonstrate people counting technologies (1.0) to simultaneously (and uniquely) deliver 100% video coverage with 100% intelligent sensing.
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