Dock Lets iPhone Cameras Pan, Tilt, And Follow
Any cell-phone video is at best shaky, and most of us won’t invest in a complete camera-with-steadicam setup. Now there is the Swivl, a dock for iPhones that lets it function as a more complete video camera.
Swivl, made by Belmont, Calif.-based start-up Satarii allows an iPhone to track someone smoothly from a stationary position. It’s a small cradle that holds the phone coupled with a small, keychain-sized remote control.
When the user carries the remote, the Swivl tracks it, smoothly panning and keeping that person centered in the frame. It even has buttons that allow for different tilt angles.
Something like this is good for using the iPhone’s video chat feature while multitasking -- if you are one of those people who putters around while speaking, for instance. When recording presentations it can eliminate the need to have someone point a phone and get a more professional-looking video. And it’s good for those of us who want to record short videos but don’t want to spend on another device. (The idea is not dissimilar to the Kestrel, which is a kind of steadicam setup for DSLRs).
It’s reportedly priced in the $159 range, and the first of them are to ship in early 2012. (They can be reserved on the web site).
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