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waterproof housing

Water proof housing so can go under water and/or rain, splashes etc... don't harm BUBL.

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Come on, we all know a housing is impossible. it would mean 2 spheres with joints etc...and would destroy the entire image. The only possibility is a new BUBLcam, bigger, more expensive and waterproof. If you want waterproof, there are other competitors doing it including GoPro+Kolor etc... but that's way too expensive.

Louis-Philippe Loncke 0 votes
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nope. The only way to see 360 UW videos:
* Google Trekker UW (proprietary of google), used by the
https://www.google.com/maps/views/u/0/profile/108517873237526057594?gl=us&po=1&pv=1&tab=1
sponsor: http://catlinseaviewsurvey.com/
==> not available to buy
* or an array of GOPRos: http://www.360heros.com/ but 6 gopros + the device would cost 5000 USD + 6*400 USD = +- 7400 USD
* 360cam from Giroptic (also was on Kickstarter) is supposed to be waterproof to a very small depth like 2-3 meters I think. Giroptic has 1 big advantage over BUBL and the other "cheap" 360 cameras : The 360 is calculated in the camera, not in an app or the could. The disavantage is there are only 3 cameras so It's not a full sphere and there is a logo at the bottom (which is nice for marketing but not so nice for the user if you want to give impression of immersion with VR or just a good feel of browsing the full spherephoto. BUBLcam is full 360*180.

Louis-Philippe Loncke 0 votes
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Instead of 2 half spheres, why not 4 quarter spheres with o-rings and screws so it does not leak? The seams would be where the lenses are not and they would be custom made from clear acrylic. I think I will contact a fabricator for a quote, if I get one I will post it here.

Timothy Lu 0 votes
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nope. the lenses are said to be 190 wide. So you'll have the casing joint in the way. I'm not an optical engineer but i think on BUBLCam 1, it's impossible.
It must be done by design OR like 5 to 6-Gopros does where actually 170° (or less) are just at a limit to make the waterproof casing of the cube.
http://freedom360.eu/shop/freedom360-explorer-2/

Louis-Philippe Loncke 0 votes
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Not if the joins are within the blind spot between lenses. Plus isn't the far side of the 190° angle cut off by the over lapping camera?

Travis Edrington 0 votes
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And what if you use two half spheres, the top one is smaller so the seam is basically right over where the button is, then you have a good place to put a waterproof button.

Travis Edrington 0 votes
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Measuring my bublcam and taking a few experimental shots, the blind spot between the lenses could accommodate a seam approximately 2.5-3.0 cm in height. This suggests that a watertight housing is theoretically possible.

Timothy Lu 0 votes
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where did you find the URL? google ? twitter ? there must be a way to find this person. And indeed it is a BUBLcam photo.

Louis-Philippe Loncke 0 votes
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@BUBLcam. Is the UnderWater (UW) photo yours ? Do you know the person who did it and how he did it ? We'd like to hear about this UW housing, even if a prototype.

Louis-Philippe Loncke 0 votes
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I'm guessing the underwater photo is by Ed Shen, Bubl engineer, who has others photo from Hawai'i, including Kauai, on bubl.io.

Timothy Lu 0 votes
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Hi all. I did take underwater "bubls" using our prototype housing. No special calibration needed. We are currently working on improving the design of the housing and we will update you when we have more news about it. One thing to know is that the bubl with the housing floats in salt water (still have to try in fresh water) :D

Ed Shen - Bubl 0 votes
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I hope it will work to at least 40 meter deep and not just for snorkeling (like 6-10m). Would be awesome to dive with the bublcam. :)

Tim Lindberg 0 votes
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If I were making a waterproof case I would also want to have a small pocket that when I have the door open I can fill with silicon like what comes with shoes or food or in diapers to help absorb moisture and keep the system from fogging up.

Travis Edrington 0 votes
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I plan to go to a mermaid convention in January, I hope there is a case by then...even a prototype that needs testing down to 13' deep.

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