About this project
We have crushed our goal and continue to climb to new heights, but we want to ensure we are always putting your pledges to the best possible benefit to everyone. Rest assured we will have the same timelines and dates for delivery of your Bublcam.
We wanted to introduce to you our final stretch goals. We've heard from all of you the things you desire most from Bubl and we really wanted to make the attempt to give you, what we all truly want.
$350,000 - Time Lapse & Time Delays
We believe the Bublcam would by ideal for capturing time lapsed experiences. City life as well as in the field experiences could greatly benefit from the ability to see all around you. We also believe being able to set the time delay for an particular photo would also help you get out of the way before you snap that perfect photo. If we reach this goal you will be able to set these types of time settings right from the desktop or mobile app.
$450,000 - Enhanced Camera Features
The Bublcam currently provides a high quality image, but with your help, we can make it better. By advancing improvements in FPGA, sensor and DSP we can deliver the Bublcam, to everyone who's backed us with 32 mega pixel photographs producing an estimated 4920x4920 multiplexed image, 1080p video at 30fps and 720p video at 60fps. Video will also then have improvements in pixel density creating a better overall image for your virtual tour, filmmaking, sports, security, family and any experience to choose to capture. Reaching this goal will allow Bubl to produce a camera that enhances what is already the most innovative 360-degree camera in the world.
Drone Quadcopter Video and Gallery Update
We don't know if you have been visiting the Bublcam Gallery lately, but we have posted some new photos and videos including a bubl from a quadcopter's perspective. We have also added some night footage to give you a better understanding of our low-light video quality.
Check out our Drone Video Here http://bublcam.com/portfolio/bubl-takes-flight/
The photos are 1920x1920 remapped into our player. You can switch to an equirectangular view by clicking the gear in the bottom right corner area of the image where you find your controls. This is below the image quality our backers will be able to create once they've received their Bublcams as we will soon have the improved prototypes that produce a 3840x3840 multiplexed image or a 4000x2000 equirectangular.
WE MADE IT! - Panoramic Photographs - $250,000
Export a panoramic JPG photo and share it anywhere! The desktop app included with every Bublcam allows you to view, experience and share your photos everywhere. With this feature you can simply save a panoramic JPG and share it like any other photo you've ever taken digitally.
REACHED! - HDR Photographs - $300,000
High Dynamic Range imaging for your photos will be available for everyone! We are very excited to be in a position to offer this as so many of you have already asked for it. Through your support Bubl can smash our original feature list timeline for HDR imaging integration and make it readily available to everyone.
In The Media
360º Technology for Everyone
The bublcam is the world’s most innovative 360º camera, inside and out. Our camera has been developed to be light and extremely portable (it's slightly larger than a baseball). It was also created to provide users with the ability to capture 14 mega pixel spherical photos and videos at 1080p at 15 fps and 720p at 30fps. Our software suite lets you experience content by looking up, down and all around in any direction. You can even share your moments across your favourite social networks. It utilizes Wi-fi to allow you to live stream directly to your computer, mobile devices and via the web. We’ve also made easy for you to save your content to a MicroSD card. Get ready because your content will soon be available for storage directly to your favourite cloud storage providers like Drop Box, Google Drive and Younity. We’re doing our best to help you capture life in a bubl.
When a Single View Just Won’t Do
There are some moments when the action happening behind the camera can often be just as fun or important as the content in front of the camera. That’s just one of the problems we at bubl are attempting to solve. A few years ago the founder’s then 3 year old daughter tried to swipe down during a video she was watching. It was a video where her grandma's face couldn't be seen and she was trying to see it. This is just one very small, but potentially profound example of the natural evolution in the way we choose to consume content.
The bubl team has developed the bublcam and the bubl software in order to help evolve all of the markets that really could take advantage of capturing and allowing us all to experience everything in a single moment.
For Your Personal Life:
Photo and Video Enthusiasts
Create new incredible photos and videos so that people don't just see your moments, they experience them.
Whether you're skiing, surfing, skateboarding or jumping out of a plane, the bublcam will capture everything in full 360º.
Snap hundreds of 360º photos and videos and do more than just relive your travels. Actually feel like you're there.
Weddings, birthdays, your child's first steps, all memorable moments that can be cherished in a whole new way.
Is your child really sleeping? Did you hear something unfamiliar? With a bublcam you can check in whenever you want and make sure your kids are safe and secure.
With 360º we can introduce new ways to play. Be prepared to experience a new level in mystery and detective gaming, full motion video gaming, symbiotic gaming and of course real world virtual reality gaming.
With 360º live video chatting, your webcam becomes a thing of the past. Bubl is revolutionizing the way we connect with each other so you feel like you're actually there.
For Your Business:
Political unrest, sports events, a torrential downpour or the hot dog eating championship... put your audience in the middle of all the action.
Monitor retail locations, stadiums, offices or even your home. Protect what matters most and visualize the data with zero blind spots.
Filmmaking & TV
You now have a new way to make story telling dramatically more immersive. Don't just show people, let them experience your creations like they were actually there. Whether it's a horror, action, drama or reality tv; 360º will make it all that much more entertaining.
Can't make it to the meeting? Now you can. Feel like you're actually sitting there in the room and control your view to make sure no detail is missed.
Always wondered what it really felt like to walk through a home before you bought it? Now you can do that from the comfort of your favourite chair. Experience interior design like never before.
Travel and Tourism
With the ability to capture Bubls from hotels, resorts, national parks, undersea caverns and mountain peaks; the Bublcam allows you to experience magnificent destinations and remote locations like never before.
We’ve come a long way
5 years ago when Sean realized that a camera could be built in such a way to make it available to everyone, he and his wife Amy set off with the goal of making that a reality. Meeting Dan Mills was a monumental occurrence as Dan provided a level of lens based technical knowledge that was extremely vast and instrumental in the development of the bublcam.
Sean and Dan first created the bublcam on the top of a pencil. The bublcam you see today was the culmination of that simple beginning and some serious iteration development. It also took some fantastic help and service from Cortex-Design, bubl’s industrial designer and Ienso, their manufacturer. You can see just how far real determination and a dream can take you.
A Look Inside the bublcam
The innovative patent-pending tetrahedral design allows the 4, 190º lens to overlap, capturing everything within a digital bubl.
The casing, 4 solid aluminum die-cast structural rings provide a high level of ruggedized support.
The tri-axial accelerometer will be able to assist in stabilizing images when movement affects your orientation.
The Bublcam also weighs just under 300 grams.
The bublcam is capable of recording video at 30fps at 720p or 15fps at 1080p and exports MP4 format. It records a multiplexed 4-image quad video that can be dynamically blended (our stitching process) or converted into an equirectangular.
Photos are captured at full resolution, which is 3840 X 3840 at 14 mega pixels multiplexed photo exported as JPEG. This can be blended dynamically or an equirectangular (panoramic) image can be outputted.
OPTICS & SENSOR
The bublcam utilizes 4, 190º, 1.6 mega pixels lenses. The OmniVision sensor captures 5 mega pixels and has high quality low-light vision. The sensor will also allow you to set gamma, contrast, gain, brightness and saturation.
You can save your media directly to the Micro SD Card, which can be a maximum of 32GB. The bublcam currently records 1MB per second. You can also record via USB 2.0 connection or record your LIVE stream using VLC.
The internal Wi-fi unit will allow you to LIVE Stream your video to a computer or mobile phone. You can use the bublApp, VLC or Quicktime to view your multiplex stream. LIVE stitching coming soon.
The bublcam records audio in MP3 format and it is encoded directly into the exported MP4 video. It uses a Omni PUI Mic to capture audio content during video recordings.
It’s All in the Software
The true innovation of the bublcam is it’s 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. Bubls can also be separated from the multiplex into individual photos or videos and stitched into standard equirectangular format. This allows for spherical development and playback from other stitching applications.
Use Case Demos
Dan Mills demonstrates precisely how simple it is to record and experience video content with the Bublcam and the Bubl software.
Bubl had the opportunity to sit down with Rafael Ludwig, Creative Director of Capricorn 8 to get his take on how the Bublcam will effect the VFX community. We've produced a first mirrored ball video (which can be found allowing this video under Use Case section) that speaks to the Bublcam's potential to simplify their processes in capturing spherical technology.
It is rather common to capture an area on set in order to allow the VFX team to match the lighting. Mirror balls on a tripod and multiple photos are the typical tools and processes used to capture this type of content. Our hope is that the Bublcam can help streamline this process. This video was a simple 3D render to establish that we may be onto something.
Our Suite of Players
The bubl players have been developed to allow users to look up, down and all around and create their own experiences. It also provides users with imaging controls in order to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation and zoom. Currently developed for desktop, desktop browser and in beta on iOS devices. Our development schedule also includes WebGL and Android devices, which will be released in the very near future.
We are developing an open software API and hardware SDK to allow developers the ability to create applications we could never envision. We have also successfully leveraged API’s for Oculus Rift and Leap Motion to both view and control bubl photos and videos. We will be offering our development applications to developers to help bring more experiences for these devices to life.
The Core Team
Where We're At!
- Fully functional working prototype bublcams
- Beta desktop and desktop browser player
- Beta iOS player
- Android app coming soon
We have met with a number of large international manufacturers who are all very interested in helping bubl bring bublcams to everyone. Our goal is to make our choice for manufacturer before the end of our Kickstarter campaign so we can share the news with everyone who has supported us and those who are truly interested in the advancement of bubl technology.
Our roadmap includes:
- Finalizing supply chain processes
- Prototype testing and refinements
- Compliance testing and certifications
- Package design
- Production tooling, tool trials and refinements
- First production
- Kickstarter backer product distribution
- User experience testing and refinements across multiple platforms
- Finalized UI design
- iOS development
- Cloud storage integration
- Software API development
- Firmware SDK development
We are expecting these processes to take roughly 6 months. We don't want to rush any of these stages, as we want the results of the production model to match or exceed the results we’ve had with our prototype models.
We have been working on bubl for the past 2 years and we've come a long way. But now we need your help. 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.
We live in a world where moments in time can affect us in an incredible way. With your pledges and kickstarter support, we can finally put this camera in the palm of your hand. We want to help you create, protect and share all the experiences life has to offer.
So why should you support us?
- Be the first to get one (and we mean it).
- You’ve never had a camera like this before and think it’s awesome to have a simple and beautiful way to share your life experiences.
- You love creating moments and want a new way to do just that.
Thank you for believing in bubl. Pledge $5 and we’ll provide you with exclusive updates on the progress of the bublcam and our software technology evolution.
Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
the "exploded bublcam" t-shirt
Grab a limited edition bubl t-shirt. Kickstarter backers get it first. You’ll also receive exclusive backer updates.
Estimated delivery: Feb 2014
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SOLD OUT - super early bird
Pledge $399 CDN / *$380 - Limited Reward (150)
Thanks for giving us a kickstart. Grab your own jet black bublcam. Each one comes with an 8GB Micro SD card, camera pouch and lens cloth You'll be saving at least $350 off of the retail price.
Add $30 CAD to ship to and outside of Canada
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missed the early bird
Pledge $449 CDN / *$429 USD - Limited Reward (250)
Thanks for the kickstart. Grab your own jet black bublcam. Each one comes with an 8GB Micro SD card,camera pouch and lens cloth. You’ll also receive exclusive backer updates.
Add $30 CDN to ship to and outside of Canada
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the black and white ball
Pledge $499 CDN / *$476 USD - Limited Reward (250)
THE BLACK & WHITE BALL. Because of the overwhelming demand you can now choose either a black or a white bublcam. This pledge includes all the perks including a mini tripod, camera pouch and lens cloth. Included also is the limited edition "exploded bublcam" t-shirt. This pledge level will also be able to apply for advanced access to the Bubl SDK and get the latest news exclusive backer updates.
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Pledge $549 CDN / *$524 USD - UNLIMITED
Get a Bublcam in your favorite color; silver, blue, red, yellow, white, or black. It also includes an 8GB Micro SD card, a mini tripod, camera pouch and lens cloth. Included is the limited edition "exploded bublcam" t-shirt. These colours will first be available to Kickstarter backers. This pledge level will now also be able to apply for advanced access to the Bubl SDK and you’ll also receive exclusive backer updates.
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bubl developer team kit
Join us as we begin to develop the bubl ecosystem. Multiple cameras capturing content at the same time. Help us produce experiences that redefine virtual reality. Even create environments where we can learn to travel from one bubl to another. Get 2 bublcams in your favourite colour; silver, blue, red, yellow, white or black. Get access to the bubl SDK. Included are 2 8GB Micro SD cards, 2 mini tripods, 2 camera pouches and 2 lens cloths. You'll also get a limited edition "exploded bublcam" t-shirt. Save more than $400 off of the retail price and get the latest news exclusive backer updates.
Estimated delivery: May 2014
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For an $8,000 pledge we'll fly you to the bubl headquarters in Toronto to meet the founders, hang out with team and see how bubl is planning to advance technology for everyone. You’ll be our special guest at our private bubl launch party. Then go home with your very own gold finished special edition bublcam with all the accessories and an "exploded bublcam" t-shirt signed by the bubl team.
Risks and challenges
For the past 2 years we have worked very hard in the prototyping process to ensure we have a working product that is ready for manufacture. We are in final talks to select a larger volume manufacturing partner and tooling needs to be setup. We are attempting to account for many of the manufacturing challenges but there may be some unforeseen roadblocks in the final setting up of the production line. If any issues arise, we are resolved to doing everything possible to get as close to our delivery date as possible and will keep a transparent dialogue with supporters so they can see the progress at each step.
Our desktop software, web browser and iOS apps are working and we are continuing to improve the user experience. As we develop the Android app as well as improve the existing software, we will be engaging supporters to help us make it as intuitive as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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