We are beta-testing prototypes of the Gigapan robotic mount, which attaches to your small digital camera to create a fast and easy-to-use high-resolution panorama capture device. We are growing the beta process and are negotiating concerning general release and sales of the Gigapan camera. You will be able to purchase these low-cost robotic mounts and take several hundred or thousand images at a time to create panoramas with one billion pixels and more.
You don’t need specialized GigaPan hardware to take your own panoramas. If you have lots of patience, a high-quality digital camera, and a good tripod (or very steady hand!) you can take hundreds or thousands of overlapping, zoomed-in pictures for a gigapixel-scale panorama, then use off-the-shelf stitching software to combine the images into one very high-resolution panorama for upload.