Mini Balloon Kit
mini-balloon-kit

The Mini Balloon Kit is based around [the 36 inch wide mylar foil balloons](/notes/patcoyle/09-07-2015/mobius-non-fish-eye-and-small-lifter-wrapup) found by contributor @patcoyle -- which are much cheaper (as little as $3 each!), and can stay inflated for over a week. They fit in the back seat of your car, or can be taken on the subway. Heck, unlike the big red rubber balloons, they fit through a doorway and can be stored indoors. They do lift much less than our standard rubber weather balloons, however -- see below for more! We carry this kit (and extra balloons) in the Public Lab store: > https://store.publiclab.org/products/mini-balloon-mapping-kit ### Materials * 2-3 [36 inch mylar balloon](https://www.brodys8004balloons.com/34_inch_36_inch_Round_Foil_s/770.htm) (or [from BallonsDirect](http://www.balloonsdirect.com/catalog/solid-color-foil-mylar-balloons/solid-color-round-foil-balloons/36-inch-round-foil-balloons)) * 1000 feet of 50-pound kite string * carabiners, zip-ties, other clips and such to attach it all together * a camera that [weighs less than 60 grams](/q/14219) [![IMG_20170610_174338_397_(1).jpg](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/023/669/large/IMG_20170610_174338_397_%281%29.jpg)](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/023/669/original/IMG_20170610_174338_397_%281%29.jpg) ### Lightweight Each can lift about 50 grams -- vs. the classic kit’s 300+, and a little more if there’s perfectly calm weather. Instead of renting a helium tank, you can fill them at a florists’ shop or party store, and shuttle them to where you’ll do your mapping. They also hold up a bit better to sunlight and rough handling, although they’re still delicate. This kit includes everything from the [classic Balloon Mapping Kit](/wiki/balloon-mapping), but uses smaller mylar balloons, and uses lighter (50 lb test) weight string. We’ve [collected a list range of cameras](/q/14219) -- like the Mobius camera we already sell -- light enough to work with 2-3 of these. With a lighter option, that means you'll have a spare balloon. But there are remaining questions and refinements to make on this kit -- that’s why we’re calling it a **Prototyping Kit** -- and, just like the original Balloon Mapping Kit, we’re going to collaboratively work on these issues by sharing knowledge on the Public Lab website. Also see posts on #kite-balloon-hybrid for some interesting ideas! ## Questions [questions:mini-balloon-kit] [![IMG_20170930_165501_188.jpg](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/024/818/large/IMG_20170930_165501_188.jpg)](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/024/818/original/IMG_20170930_165501_188.jpg) ## Activities [activities:mini-balloon-kit] ...


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soniakakkad122 "Such a wonderful article this is. This article is significant and important for us. Much obliged to you for offering this sort of instructive artic..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
dusjagr "We are getting amazingly good results using the miSphere 360 camera. due to the gyroscope and other sensor, post-processing using their standard so..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "It worked! :raised_hands: " | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "My printer is out of toner :joy: I'll try later in the week! " | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "Here's the PDF in spanish I'm bookletizing it with this: CreateBooklet1.1.dmg Here's the 1-column version: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "OMGGGGGGG this is so exciting. The second page I left in so people know even the paper version is open to change! What an amazing job! The credit..." | Read more » about 6 years ago
xose "Ooook amigas here it is. Just the text. I've just wrote the texts on the images in a paper and tomorrow I'll upload the edited images on the same d..." | Read more » about 6 years ago
warren "Also linking back to the announcement that these are now available! https://store.publiclab.org/products/pocket-guide-to-grassroots-mapping 15545 " | Read more » about 6 years ago
warren "@xose -- it's actually Kite Month in the US -- http://nationalkitemonth.org -- so if you post your booklet (no rush, just excited!) we can do some ..." | Read more » about 6 years ago
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daisywatson "Thanks Warren :) " | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "There are some options here! #fisheye Hope that helps! " | Read more » over 6 years ago
daisywatson "I love GoPro, and I am following up to the question as I do want to know for some alternatives to it for aerial mapping. I have already been readin..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "Whoops! Missed a couple blue links -- here it is outlines, with all text black: booklet-outlines-black-2.pdf " | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "@csik -- just posted my photos here! " | Read more » over 6 years ago
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warren "Just noting that @csik has had trouble with some of these types of cameras recently: I chocked it up to not being familiar with the cameras but fo..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "This is going to press! Final paper choices: Interior: Rolland Hitech 140M / 70lb, letter size, True White, Smooth, 17.50M - 104 g/m2 Cover: Eleme..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "Now with outlined text: booklet-outlines-black.pdf " | Read more » over 6 years ago
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warren "Looking good! The cutout front (which we may not go ahead with) doesn't line up exactly for me, but it's pretty close and we may be able to make it..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "Here it is with the final page reordering: booklet-publiclab-1-pagenumbers-reordered.pdf And here, 4-up and ready for printing: booklet-publicl..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "Tweaking the scale a bit (i know that's unfortunate, but I'm having some clipping issues) so I bookletize the above at 65%, then double up spreads ..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "OK, one more version with page numbers! booklet-publiclab-1-pagenumbers.pdf " | Read more » over 6 years ago