PanoDuino Is The Most Awesomest 360 DIY Pano Head (Yes, Arduino Is Involved)
Texas based photographer Phil Warner was looking for the perfect robotic pano head. He did not find one so he made his own.
Phil runs 360photopro which kinda explains his need for a pano head. It does not, however, explain the beauty of the head he built.
Based on Arduino, Adafruit Proto Shield and matching software the pano head boasts wireless control and the ability to take stunning 360 interactive panoramas. (kinda like making your won Gigapan awesomeness)
Here are some of the panoramas taken (click to get to the interactive version)
There are more of those on Phil's 360 set.
Phil was kind to share the parts list over Flickr - click the image for a description and parts links.
Finally, here is a quick movie that shows the head in action
If you want one of those sweet babies, you may have luck with the Owl Panoramic Head, same concept done with CNC parts. Greg Nuspel built and sold some units. I donno, maybe if you begged him enough he will make one for you. Here is how his version runs:
[360 Panobot | Phil Warner]