The prestigious CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, the producer of CES 2016, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and have been recognising achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.
The Ricoh Theta S was displayed at CES 2016 in January this year, in Las Vegas. Entries to the event are evaluated on their engineering, aesthetic and design qualities, intended use/function and user value, how the design and innovation of the product directly compares to other products in the marketplace and unique/novel features present. Products entered in this prestigious programme are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honour outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics products across 27 product categories.
The Ricoh Theta S is the first truly 360 degree spherical camera that captures the entirety of a scene in a high-resolution photo or video, in a sleek, pocket-sized design. The Ricoh Theta S captures high-resolution spherical images of nearly 14 megapixels and records HD video at 30 fps, with a maximum recording time of 25 minutes. Its high quality images are enabled by an enlarged image sensor and fast F2.0 lenses that allow more light through Ricoh’s proprietary ultra-small twin-lens folded-optical system. The spherical images can be uploaded to theta360.com, shared via Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, and posted to Google Maps, Google+ and YouTube’s 360° Channel.
The Ricoh Theta S is the brainchild of Ricoh’s Visual Revolution or VR division, an organisation that is focused on developing innovative consumer imaging technologies. The camera’s combination of small size, high quality imagery and incredible functionality are a result of Ricoh’s many decades of experience in advanced imaging and optical technologies. The company has long been a leader in professional printers and copiers, and is known for its high-quality optics and optical components. A key achievement with the Theta series is an ultrasmall twin-lens folded-optical system capable of capturing two wide-angle images and then marrying them into a single spherical image.