Towards the end of last year Bubl Technology ran an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign for its Bublcam, a 360 degree camera intended for personal use with the likes of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). The company is currently planning to ship out its first units to Kickstarter backers after some delay. Following this, CEO Sean Ramsay has confirmed to VRFocus that Bubl Technology plans to make a full consumer launch later in 2015.
“We plan to make 2015 the year for full consumer availability,” Ramsay revealed in an interview that will be published in full later this week. A more specific launch date was not given.
“This industry is advancing at a pace that is governed by the access of technology that enables capture possible,” Ramsay also said. “Our current camera is great, and we are building it to produce at broadcast quality, which is in the works for 2015.”
The Bublcam is a spherical, baseball-sized device that houses four camera capable of capturing 14 mega pixel 360 degree photos as well as 15fps videos at 1080p and 30fps videos at 720p. Wi-fi connections will also allow for live streaming directly to a computer or mobile device. The kit aims to make VR filming a consumer-viable concept long before other companies are set to offer their own consumer-focused 360 degree cameras.
Check back to VRFocus later in the week for the full interview with Ramsay.