Little bublcam places life in spherical perspective

November 5, 2013 by Nancy Owano weblog

(Phys.org) —Canada-based startup called Bubl Technology, founded in 2011, wants you to imagine being able to capture life in its bublcam, making, as it says, 360 degrees of your world available any time. The company has come up with prototypes of a little baseball-like gadget that is really four cameras arranged in a tetrahedral design, allowing a user to take photos and video. Sean Ramsey, founder and CEO, said the idea for the product was seeded some years ago, while he was working with a company in turn working with Google on a Street View project. Why not create a camera, he thought, to be capable of spherical footage for uses other than mapping? Why not use it for other things, such as panoramic photos?

He and other team members started thinking in terms of technology that could support a device that was small, portable,and affordable. For the last two years, the 's focus has been on the end goal of a market ready spherical that captures 100 percent of the spherical range through panoramic photos and videos. The company's hardware CTO, Dan Mills, explained: "We designed the camera in a tetrahedral [patent pending] orientation…there are no blind spots because each camera overlaps the adjoining camera." The camera's form factor is distinctive, as a baseball size device that is light and easy to carry around. Applications potentially, are many, including the use of the bublcam in-real estate, gaming and sports, as well as security and surveillance. The bublcam is capable of recording video at 30fps at 720p or 15fps at 1080p and exports MP4 format.

For the casing, the team is using four solid aluminum die-cast structural rings. According to the company, however, the "true innovation of the bublcam is its software that allows a single, 4 quadrant multiplexed image to be stitched into a sphere. We utilize a heat mapped blending process in order to blend the final photos and videos. These are what we like to call digital bubls."

The team continues to work on the device to bring it to market and, at this stage, has fully functional working prototypes. The company has turned to Kickstarter to bring the device to market. "We have been working on bubl for the past two years and we've come a long way. But now we need your help," said the campaign message. "Your support will allow us to initiate tooling, manufacturing and software development so we can make bublcam and our software available to you and the millions of people who have never before had a 360º camera option."

At the time of this writing, they have garnered $83,391 out of their $100,000 goal with 38 days to go. The target shipping date for the , priced at over $400, is May next year.

Explore further: Ricoh shows off omnidirectional camera (w/ video)

More information: www.kickstarter.com/projects/bublcam/bublcam-360o-camera-technology-for-everyone
bublcam.com/

Related Stories

Ricoh shows off omnidirectional camera (w/ video)

February 6, 2013

(Phys.org)—A novel panoramic camera from Ricoh is under development and it is described as a step beyond compact and single-lens reflex (SLRs) cameras. Takaharu Asahina of the New Business Development Center, Ricoh, told ...

Crowd sourcing project to allow 3D scan-to-print web app

August 5, 2013

Technology to allow for printing three dimensional objects is evolving rapidly, making it difficult for some to keep up. It's also still relatively expensive. Currently, people who wish to print such an object have but two ...

Samsung launches new Internet-connected camera

November 29, 2012

Samsung Electronics on Thursday launched a new Internet-connected camera in South Korea, as the electronics giant intensifies efforts to expand its dominance in the mobile phone market to other sectors.

Motorola studying modular smartphone

October 30, 2013

When it comes to mobile applications, consumers can customize their phones with just a few taps. Motorola Mobility wants to make it that easy to personalize a gadget's hardware.

Recommended for you

Your (social media) votes matter

January 24, 2017

When Tim Weninger conducted two large-scale experiments on Reddit - otherwise known as "the front page of the internet" - back in 2014, the goal was to better understand the ripple effects of malicious voting behavior and ...

Protective wear inspired by fish scales

January 24, 2017

They started with striped bass. Over a two-year period the researchers went through about 50 bass, puncturing or fracturing hundreds of fish scales under the microscope, to try to understand their properties and mechanics ...

'Droneboarding' takes off in Latvia

January 22, 2017

Skirted on all sides by snow-clad pine forests, Latvia's remote Lake Ninieris would be the perfect picture of winter tranquility—were it not for the huge drone buzzing like a swarm of angry bees as it zooms above the solid ...

Singapore 2G switchoff highlights digital divide

January 22, 2017

When Singapore pulls the plug on its 2G mobile phone network this year, thousands of people could be stuck without a signal—digital have-nots left behind by the relentless march of technology.

Making AI systems that see the world as humans do

January 19, 2017

A Northwestern University team developed a new computational model that performs at human levels on a standard intelligence test. This work is an important step toward making artificial intelligence systems that see and understand ...

4 comments

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

baudrunner
1 / 5 (1) Nov 05, 2013
Brilliant! What bublcam wants is the fastest possible GP now. I love this thing.
teledyn
1 / 5 (2) Nov 06, 2013
no mention of open standards, none, but instead the ominous passing mention of "with OUR software". Sadly, the typical flawed lock-in thinking of so many Canadian technologists. I wish so that I wouldn't have to, but I predict another massive fail.
baudrunner
3 / 5 (2) Nov 08, 2013
Sadly, the typical flawed lock-in thinking of so many Canadian technologists.
You know what? I changed my mind. I am not going to dignify that comment with a response, except to say that that is the most narrow minded and stupid remark I have yet read on this site.
jaymondo
not rated yet Nov 12, 2013
"with OUR software". Sadly, the typical flawed lock-in thinking....


You do realize this makes you sound very lazy.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.