Since around July we have started to see this "camera ball" concept come up in a few places. Thankfully they appear to be replacing the self-timer "throw your SLR in the air" approach. The most recent potential contender is the Panono, and it looks like it may blow everything else out of the sky. Thirty-six individual cameras work together with onboard processing and storage to create and save 72 megapixel, 360 degree panoramics. On top of being able to store up to 400 panoramics the Panono will also wirelessly transmit images to your devices allowing you to explore your images in a truly unique way.
This is my favorite part...viewing them in their app. Since the device isn't actually available yet you can only view demo images but, they are pretty slick. Viewers are encouraged to explore their images by actually moving around with their mobile device rather than drag with a finger.
The project is still trying to get funding via Indiegogo but with the attention it's receiving I believe we'll see these on the shelves in no time.