360º BublCam May Turn The Camera World Upside Down
Touting a full 360 degree viewing angle, the Bublcam allows users to not only take spherical panoramas, but gives them the ability to livestream in a full 360 degree viewing field as well. Set to release May 2014, how does the Bublcam stand up to other 360 degree cameras on the market?
Bubl, the company behind the Bublcam, is not the first group to try and secure their place in the 360 degree camera market. But they are the first company to really attempt to offer a true solution for the gap between hardware and software issues that come up when dealing with spherical panoramas. The Bublcam has the potential to be a solution for people of all walks of life. Whether you are the adventurous type looking to share your latest skydive with social media, or you simply want the ability to immerse your friends and family in your summer vacation, the Bublcam can do it. There is also value in the Bublcam for business professionals. Having the ability to livestream in a full 360 degree view allows remote workers to practically sit in on meetings without having to be there. So, there is obviously a place for the Bublcam in the market, but how does Bubl plan to accomplish all of these feats?
Boasting a 14 megapixel camera, the Bublcam captures crisp photos and records videos at 1080p at 15fps and 720p at 30fps. This is impressive in and of itself, but the Bublcam plans to set itself apart from similar products by completely eliminating dead spots in the spherical panorama. It does this by using a tetrahedral design. This design uses four 190 degree lenses that actually overlap, creating a seamless image, something that has not been seen before in similar products such as Ricoh's Theta.
While all of that hardware is certainly impressive, how does Bubl plan on allowing users to share their pictures and video? To go along with the feature packed camera, Bubl is also developing and releasing photo and video viewers for desktops, web browsers, and smart phones. This will hopefully bridge the gap that has been apparent in past 360 degree cameras. By making the photo and video viewers available to anyone, a greater number of people will be able to experience user captured moments.
With features for everyone from world travelers to CEOs, Bubl hopes to innovate the spherical camera market. The Bublcam is still in development stages, but their Kickstarter campaign is well on its way to reaching its goal of $100,000. If they reach their goal, the first Bublcams are set to ship off May 2014.
This piece was written by Josiah Motley