Bubl Technologies, the Toronto-based hardware startup that has created the first spherical, 360-degree consumer camera, is ready to ship its product next month.
The startup was formerly part of the Canadian Film Centre’s (CFC) ideaBOOST accelerator program, and recently launched pre-orders for the product. It’ll start shipping in early September, continuing into October.
Bubl’s current collaboration with Google allows anyone with a Bublcam to upload spherical photos directly to Google Maps, StreetView and Google+. Other features include real-time image stitching, self-calibration and image stabilization, a four-camera, tetrahedral design for zero blind spots and live video streaming.
The camera also features professional controls, including HDR, white balance, contrast and gamma, all in a device the size of a baseball. Meanwhile developers can utilize the Bubl API & SDK, and can create software applications that can fully control the Bublcam. Bubl Technologies see’s features potentially being developed like facial and image recognition, interactive touch points, motion tracking, cloud-based storage connectivity and integration to other virtual reality devices.
Bubl’s software applications will allow for iOS, Android, Oculus VR, Windows 8 (XboxOne), Chromecast, PS4 Amazon Fire and Avegant integration. The company’s goal is to allow for the consumption of spherical or 360-degree content across every major digital platform and device.