Bubl Is The First True 360-Degree Camera

If you’ve graduated from taking photos using the best photo box, check out something much more high-tech.

Panoramic cameras, even “spherical” cameras, aren’t really anything new. In fact, we’ve been building, testing, and playing with them for years now. But, they can always improve, and the Bubl might actually be an enormous step forward, for a fairly simple reason; it doesn’t have a blind spot.

Coming From All Directions

It’s a pretty straightforward design, actually. There are four wide-angle cameras on the Bubl, one pointing in each direction. That’s really the easy part; anybody who’s used a panoramic camera is very familiar with this design.

What’s unique, though, is the software. Bubl has imaging software that manages to stitch together all four images into a complete sphere. No blind spots, no weirdness (well, beyond the fisheye lens), nothing. As far as the viewer is concerned, it’s absolutely seamless.

Bubbly

Also welcome is the lack of proprietary gear. If you want to use the Bubl, it’ll tie to your desktop, your iPhone, or your Android equally well. It’s true that the software isn’t all there yet; the company is still working on cloud support and it wants to offer more native support for different ways of using the Bubl. For now, you’ll likely be making use of the microSD card you can slot in the unit for many applications.

But it’s a well-designed idea, and it actually manages to deliver on its promises of seamless, blind-spot free video. So, if you need a wider view, look through a Bubl.

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Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.

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