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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 6 2013

About

How many people have missed videoing their friend doing something amazing or wiping out in spectacular style because they’re behind them on the slopes or race track? This will never be missed if you are recording in 360

What?

What is the actioncam360?
The actioncam 360 is very special housing for your GoPro camera that will enable you to capture 360 degree video with a single camera. Once you have filmed it then our software will process it and make it fully interactive when either viewing locally on your own PC or sharing them with friend online through our 360 hosting platform.

Initially we are focused on launching actioncam360 housings suitable for the GoPro HERO 2 and GoPro HERO 3 (and 3+) cameras which we expect to retail at £250 and £280 respectively. So by backing us you'll get the earliest availability and save approximately 20%, along with web hosting for your videos.

Note:GOPRO®, HERO®, & NAKED® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Woodham Labs, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

We will be introducing further projects to cater for the ever increasing availability of newly developed products from alternative manufacturers. 

actioncam360 makes the news

When Andy Blackmore from Metro reviewed the Gadget Show in London he wrote: “the actioncam 360 stands out head and shoulders above the rest.” 

Whilst Cosmin Anton at softpedia noted that the actioncam360 "gives you the freedom to capture 360° video with a single camera"  

Who?

In January 2006 Pano Pro Ltd was incorporated.

From that time Pano Pro Ltd has continued to work in the field of 360 degree imaging and has constantly been developing its products, software and methods to meet the advances in new technology. 

The company was originally formed because we were excited by the possibilities of capturing full 360° single shot stills and our Pano Pro MkII is a growing success story which is sold worldwide. Developments in computing and higher image quality video cameras now allow users to create affordable 360° video using their camcorders and DSLR cameras with the Pano Pro MkII.

Why?

Technology and people don't stand still so now it's time for a new challenge and we're focusing on the ever increasing capabilities of smaller 'action cams'. To do this we are developing the "actioncam360".

People keep thinking of new and exciting uses for 360° cameras and videos and we want to put the right tools in their hands (or on their heads!) to enable them to capture and share their exciting journeys.

How?

The designed unit is made up from 3 parts making it easy to replace any scratched/ damaged parts ( we see the tube as being the most commonly replaced part)

  • The Housing.
  • This housing will hold the camera and include: 
  • A secondary "correcting" lens along with a circular viewing restrictor/ anti reflection cowl,  
  • A threaded mount for attaching the tube.
  • The Clear Tube
  • This tube is of highest quality cast acrylic to give the best possible optical clarity, it is machined to  length and threaded at both ends to connect to the housing and the cap with mirror.
  • The Cap with Mirror.
    This is an aluminum cap with the glass mirror bonded centrally to the underside of it, the cap is threaded to fit the acrylic tube.

Next.

In order to move from a working prototype to a production model there are still further further actions required.

  • Professional underwater testing to a depth of 40 meters,
  • The manufacture of production tooling so that we can achieve economies of scale needed to make the units affordable.
  • The further development of software.
  • The development of units for the latest models of the GoPro cameras.
  • The investigation/testing  of secondary coating of the clear tube with a Hydrophobic nano coating

We are now at the stage where we are happy that  this new product will bring excitement in sharing experiences and also help to improve techniques in extreme sports.
To be able to study in detail how you have performed on a race track or rally course after the event is over will act as a great learning tool. This would apply to many sports and also allow you to share your excitement with friends and acquaintances.  It of course does not just apply to sport but can capture the very many important times in your life. Your wedding, Music festivals, Birthday parties, School sports days or in fact almost anything you can imagine.

Please join us on this journey by becoming part of the development. .

When?

Development.

The development of the actioncam360 has gone through many stages as shown below. 

The first working prototype was for the Cam1 infinity which had  interchangeable lens.  It made sense to start working with this model as it allowed the use of a small mirror which could be focused on by choosing a suitable lens to adapt the focal length. 

GoPro is the market leader in actioncams but as they have fixed lenses we needed to put in some extra development work to produce a unit which could be used with their cameras.

In order to focus on the mirror without making changes to the camera (no one wants to invalidate their warranty and it would also make the camera out of focus for regular use) 

This has been achieved by the use of additional focusing aids in the system for which forms part of the Patent applied for No. 1312542.2. 

Our first unit for proof of concept using the Cam1 infinity.

CAM ONE INFINITY UNIT
CAM ONE INFINITY UNIT

 Example 360 degree footage from the Cam1 unit

For fully interactive example please click "HERE" 

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FIRST PROTOTYPE FOR HERO 2
FIRST PROTOTYPE FOR HERO 2

Example 360 degree footage from the  prototype using a GoPro HERO 2 camera.

For fully interactive examples please click "HERE" 

In many applications this size is not a problem however when using actioncams for certain sports size is definitely important so the ideal would be to make the unit as small as possible whilst maintaining as much quality of image. So we now concentrated on reducing the size of the unit and improving picture quality for use with the full range of GoPro cameras. This has been achieved by the use of additional focusing aids in the system for which Patents have been applied for No. 1312542.2. The resulting unit is shown below.

PROTOTYPE WITH REDUCED SIZE FOR GoPro
PROTOTYPE WITH REDUCED SIZE FOR GoPro

Links to Images from the HERO 3 unit will be uploaded once the final prototype has been produced,

We have worked on a timing plan for all units and have the below table to show a concise version of this

This is the extent of this project, however we will be bringing forward new projects to deal with alternative actioncam video cameras from other manufacturers. 

Risks and challenges

As you can imagine we have learnt a lot from developing the Pano Pro. We have a wealth of experience in sourcing, the production of prototypes, drawings, suppliers for full production, packaging, and distribution.

Despite all this experience as the project progresses we expect to find that there are further design/ manufacture challenges we have to address so that that we ensure that the final product is of the highest standard and quality.

This, as with the Pano Pro, will be achieved by extensive in house testing and providing Beta models for user feedback.

The Software that is being developed for this project is under way with the hosting nearing completion and the GoPro firmware modification having been assigned to a developer,
The hosting should be going live during the run of the kickstarter project, a link will be provided as soon as it is available for viewing.
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In the event that we have problems with any of our chosen suppliers we have set up secondary supply chains to ensure we can get back on schedule as quickly as possible. All this has been achievable due to our experience in producing the Pano Pro lens.

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    SPECIAL THANKS: We would like to thank you for your support and for taking the time to follow our project. You will receive a mention on our website and a sincere thank you from the Pano Pro team.

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    EARLY BIRD LIMITED EDITION:
    Be one of the first to receive the actioncam360 compatible with the GoPro HERO 2 camera. This will be in a one time custom colour and include, the local 360 video viewer for PC and 6 month free basic hosting for your 360 videos.Unit will supplied in plain packaging.

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    EARLY BIRD LIMITED EDITION for GoPro HERO 3 camera. Be one of the first to receive the actioncam360 for the GoPro hero 3 camera. This will be from the first limited run and will be ready to use right out of the box.It will include the local 360 video viewer for PC, Plus 12 month free basic hosting for your 360 videos as a thank you for backing us. Unit will suplied in plain packaging

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    EARLY BIRD PACKAGE 1: Be one of the first to receive the Actioncam360 complete with GoPro HERO 2 camera. This will include the local 360 video viewer for PC and 12 month free basic hosting for your 360 videos. You will also be part of the Hosting development by providing valable feed back.

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    PROTOTYPER PACKAGE Hero3+ Black: Upon receipt of campaign funding immediate shipping of a complete prototype package including actioncam360 and GoPro3+ 4k Black camera, the local 360 video viewer for PC. The camera is yours and the actioncam360 will be switched out for one of the first production units when ready. You will be part of the final development and testing, providing valuable feedback . You’ll also get 12 months free hosting for your 360 videos made with the actioncam360.

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