Funded! This project was successfully funded on July 9, 2013.

Update #3

Showing a bit of angle...

We've had a few queries on the wide-angle lens so here is a bit more info on our plans. Let us know what you think! On a separate note whilst writing this we have passed 600 pledgers which is just amazing! Thank you all so much.

Why would you want a wide-angle lens?

We wanted a bigger Vertical Field of View because we knew that in certain applications the standard VFOV of a smartphone camera (even when used in portrait) would not be quite enough. So the obvious solution was to pair the 'Pod with a wide-angle lens for a full on 360º x 125º image capture. There are a few good wide-angles on the market but frankly they are few and far between. A lot are rubbish and the good ones are recognised brands and carry the price tag. To get fantastic results we wanted to supply a good lens, specific to the BubblePod so that we could match our App to its specific characteristics. We did look at a number of 'off-the-shelf' lenses but all of the samples we put into the hands of our "Head of Glass and Shiny Bits" for testing got a heavy lip curl, a Northern look of disgust and some mumbling about chromatic aberration (something to do with different coloured light splitting up in the lens...) with appalling optical characteristics. Quite right too, that's what you get for working with perfectionist experts in their field! So we decided if we were going to do it, we would do it the way we always do. Properly. It's the same reason our BubbleScope has a glass mirror and optics rather than easy, cheap and poor quality plastic. That was tough to achieve at our price point I can tell you! So in short our wide-angle lens has our own custom optical design that has been specifically tailored to match the characteristics of smartphone lenses but allowing for the small variations you get between models. Critically there's no chromatic aberration (phew...) and distortion is minimal but because we know the speicifc characteristics of the lens optics, our App is also being tailored to work with it and reduce any optical distortion even further so you just get an image that looks right. Its the beauty of being able to control the whole package from end-to-end. Optics, App, Web viewer. 

How does it connect and for which phones?

Our lens will attach in two ways to offer flexibility. We are designing a universal clip to allow it to be quickly and easily attached with any smartphone and it will be supplied with that clip as standard. It will also have a connector that matches our BubbleScope connector, so if you have a BubbleScope case for your smartphone you can just connect it using that instead. We won't be able to do cases for every phone though, so the universal connector clip allows our lens to be used with a wide variety of smartphones and also without removing some cases too. 

How much?

A pro-pack (including our wide-angle lens and the BubblePod) would retail at around £50, but we would be looking for a pledge of around £15 on top of the BubblePod pledge of £20 to get it on the road.

End result.

The test Bubble on the link below was shot with our prototype lens which is has no anti-reflective coatings and is not as perfectly finished as a manufactured product would be. Still we're pretty happy with it and this was in pretty low light too!

https://bubblepix.com/kickstarter/bubble_ks01.html

Hope you like the idea as much as we do, we think it would be the icing on the cake!

Team Bubble

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      Creator BubblePix on June 13, 2013

      Hi Edmond,

      We'd love you to use our lens, but you could use your Olloclip.

      Our App will be optimised for our own lens and would give you the best results.

      Thanks,

      Pete F

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      Creator BubblePix on June 13, 2013

      Hi Guys,

      Looks like we've picked the right accessory for our first stretch goal!

      We wanted to show you our wide angle lens but we'd like to point out we'll only be able to reach this once we've hit our initial goal of £30,000. We have high hopes that we'll attain this, of course this is where you guys come in.

      Spread the love on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+ even. Help us reach our target and the lens becomes unlocked. We'll do new pledge levels to accommodate the lens, and for you early birds we'll let you know how to retain your early bird pricing as well as get hold of your lens.

      It's a stunning accessory, we're really happy with it so far. There's a bit of ongoing development to tweak for it but you guys are going to capture some stunning imagery with it at a sensible price!

      Thanks,

      Pete F

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      Creator Leonardo on June 13, 2013

      Very good idea! Please keep us up to date with the money details.

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      Creator Edmond Cheok on June 13, 2013

      Can we use the olloclip instate of buying another wide angle lens?

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      Creator Mark Gamble on June 13, 2013

      Yes ~ Great idea & thanks for the insight! Same question to we add to this pledge or will you be starting a new one?
      Bring it on!

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      Creator BTO on June 13, 2013

      15 sounds good enough to me. Should I just add the cash, or do you want to do a separate pledge level with both, and maybe a third with the other device as well?

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      Creator Graeme MacKenzie on June 13, 2013

      Same view (excuse the pun) as the rest, just let us know how to subscribe to the extra £15. Keep up the good work!

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      Creator jmonty on June 13, 2013

      WANT.

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      Creator Nigel Frost on June 13, 2013

      Yeah same question from me

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      Creator Chris Humphrey on June 13, 2013

      Where do I sign up?

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