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Jun
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This is a niche product, the kind that may appeal to only one in every fifty people, and even they may only use this thing a total of twice before forgetting they bought it. It's a good idea, no doubt about it - I'm just surprised it's getting made. It looks funny, it sounds funny, and, frankly, the itch it scratches is also kind of funny. But these things have not mattered. The BubblePod, a Kickstarter product for taking perfect 360-degree photos, has met its funding goal with a dozen days left to go.

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How do I describe the BubblePod? It looks like an angry Roomba that gnaws on smartphones. It has a circular base and a nook where users can place their handsets. The base then spins around, helping people to take 360-degree pictures without having to deal with the hassle of aligning pictures and the stress of shaky hands. The BubblePod can screw on top of tripods and sit comfortably on top of wine bottles.

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The BubblePod comes with a companion app available for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry 10. Users put their phone in the base, wind it up, and activate the BubblePix App. The app then does the work of taking several photos and stitching them together. The company calls the end results Bubbles and promises that users will be able to take and share them in under a minute.

This isn't BubblePix's first stab at helping photographers take 360-degree photos. The company previously released the BubbleScope, an accessory that attaches somewhat awkwardly to supported phones. Not only was that tool more unwieldy, it created panoramas from a single image. Since the new BubblePix app stitches multiple photos together, the end result is an image with a much higher resolution.

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The BubblePod has thus far received over £31,000 in funding from over 1,000 backers. There is still over a week to go if you want to hop over to Kickstarter and call dibs on a shipment from the first production run.

Source: Kickstarter - BubblePod: Professional 360º images in less than a minute

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • getsome

    cool egg timer bro

    • cabbiebot

      article won on first comment. bravo.

  • Morgan Maguire

    The only issue is that it's already obsolete with new camera imagery stabilizing technologies. It's encoded into software now... it's maybe great for pictures, but even that is auto blended and everything. Sorry, no dice.

  • Paul_Werner

    I'll stick with Photo Sphere and a regular camera mount. This looks to be for people that cannot use Photo Sphere but care about taking a 360 panorama

    • Brian

      Photospheres are great for outdoors, but if you try to take them indoors, it will fail miserably. I've even had problems using the photosphere app to take a 1 shot tall 360 degree panorama indoors. Outdoors, it's pretty good. Still messes up on the stitching pretty regularly, but it works enough.

      • Paul_Werner

        They have plenty of tips here to help you out with the indoor shots:

        http://goo.gl/BbTMJ

  • Evan

    It'll probably also be useful as a stand for timelapses, etc.

  • jeffmd

    This looks cool. And you know what, in the future we may actually want an easier way of taking 360 degree photos with a certain ocular accessory around the corner.

    Morgan, high performance cameras like the s4 do make a much easier job of it, but #1 you need a high performance phone/camera and #2 software does not fix the fact that your view won't be level wen done by hand. It simply crops the sphere so you don't see it.

  • Göran Sävström

    Very interesting indeed...
    I assume that the "source" images can be accessed somehow for use in other applications?
    - I rarely ever want a 360-degree panorama, but I'd really appreciate the possibility of getting a good series of easy-to-stitch photos...