Video: Seeing 360 Degrees, Like a Hammerhead Shark

Is this video what it is like to see 360 degrees? It’s a great effect. Would you see like this if you were a flying hammer head shark?

It’s only a matter of time before we have 360 glasses.

Technically speaking, the idea really isn’t all that complicated–no doubt, much of the hardware could be miniaturized to fit in something svelter such as Google Glass. Plus, according to researchers, most participants can adjust to the 360-degree experience within about 15 minutes. Which begs the question, just what could we do with such technology? Immediately, use cases in vehicles come to mind, where a driver would never face a blind spot again. In pro sports, the FlyVIZ could be a huge strategic advantage, allowing more shaken tackles and blind passes. And for police officers, FlyVIZ could enable a safer means of walking the streets. … There’s just one catch: Our species has evolved to visually process less information, and we can’t begin to focus on all the 180 degrees of view we have now. Can we make a full 360-degree comprehension adjustment, just because the 3-D space has been squeezed into a tighter field of view–to not just walk around and catch balls without stumbling, but perform all tasks with the split-second accuracy humans need for the simplest of operations?


We don’t have the brain wiring, by default, to process 360 degree vision, but some sharks do. Did you know hammerheads have amazing 360 stereo vision?

Stereo vision, which humans have, means each eye gets a slightly different view of an object, which improves depth perception. Many sharks have eyes on the sides of their heads that don’t allow for stereo vision.

The scalloped hammerhead shark had a “massive binocular overlap” of 32 degrees in front of their heads, three times that of pointy nosed sharks. The overlap is even greater when head and eye movements were factored in.

The T-shaped hammerhead configuration also allows the sharks to see 360 degrees, with “respectable stereo rear view, too,” the researchers conclude. “They have a full 360-degree view of the world.”


In general predators have forward facing eyes and prey have side facing eyes, but the hammerhead seems to be an exception.

Here’s another take on 360 degree vision from a promotional video for GLASSCANVAS.

Even this is probably not the true hammerhead experience.

What would you do with 360 degree vision?

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