March 22nd, 2011
Picture yourself with funding: GigaPan Systems lands $1 million Angel round
Like pictures? What about really, really, really big pictures? Well, if you do, Portland is a good place to be. Because one of the leaders in the panoramic photo space just happens to be here in Portland. It’s GigaPan Systems, a company focused on the technology that allows folks to capture high-res panoramic images—even with standard DSLR equipment.
And now, they’ve got a little more cash to make that magic happen. You see, GigaPan Systems just landed $1 million in outside funding.
So what exactly do they do?
GigaPan gives experienced and novice photographers the technology to create high-resolution panorama images more easily than ever before, and the resulting GigaPan images offer viewers a new, unique perspective on the world. GigaPan offers the first solution for shooting, viewing and exploring high-resolution panoramic images in a single system: EPIC series of robotic camera mounts capture photos using almost any digital camera; GigaPan Stitch Software automatically combines the thousands of images taken into a single image; and GigaPan.com enables the unique mega-high resolution viewing experience.
How high-res? Well, take a look at this shot of Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. Try zooming in. Zoom in some more. And again. Pretty cool right?
“This technology has the potential to change the public’s expectation for online image use and quality,” says Brian Hufft, CFO. “The possible applications are broad, and we are continually surprised by new ways our customers are using GigaPan products and services.”
So it’s no wonder that some folks are interested in seeing this technology succeed. And that’s why GigaPan Systems has landed $1 million in Angel funding. This is the first round of outside funding for the company.