GigaPan Systems was founded in 2008 as a collaborative project between Carnegie Mellon University and NASAӳ Ames Research Center with support from Google. The original GigaPan robotic hardware and related software were devised for NASAӳ Mars Spirit and Opportunity Rovers, to capture high-definition panoramas of Mars. The development team was led by Randy Sargent, a senior systems scientist at Carnegie Mellon West and the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., and Illah Nourbakhsh, associate professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh.
The project has since grown into an independent company offering solutions for capturing gigapixel images.
The EPIC series of robotic camera mounts can capture HD, gigapixel photos using almost any digital camera. By setting the upper left and lower right corners of the panorama desired, the EPIC works out how many photos the camera will need to take, and then automatically organizes them into rows or columns.