Building a Volum Box

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Inspired by the durability of GoPros, and how their size made it possible to place cameras in the middle of action, the Volum team recognized the form factor problem with laptops, and knew story opportunities would arise from solving that problem. Most laptops are fragile, can’t get wet, and are cumbersome to carry when the screen is unfolded. Additionally, the RealSense camera has to sit firmly affixed to something shooting. This creates an unwieldy setup, especially when deploying multiple RealSense cameras, as Volum co-creator did at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.

Inspired by the durability of GoPros, and how their size made it possible to place cameras in the middle of action, the Volum team recognized the form factor problem with laptops, and the story opportunities that would arise from solving that problem. Most laptops are fragile, can’t get wet, and are cumbersome to carry when the screen is unfolded. Additionally, the RealSense camera has to sit firmly affixed to something shooting. This creates an unwieldy setup, especially when deploying multiple RealSense cameras. With these factors in mind, Volum co-creator Ben Kreimer designed and built a set of Volum Boxes. Each box, built inside a lunchbox-size hardshell case, is built around a Intel RealSense D415 depth camera, quadcore Pentium Intel Up Squared single board computer, and a 5” HDMI 5" 800x480 touchscreen. With the drone battery and charger, each box costs about $915. Saws and drills are necessary for building the boxes.

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Volum Box Equipment List

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