This Automated, Rotating Tripod Can Direct Action-Packed Smartphone Videos for You
Leave your selfie stick and stationary tripod behind. A new interactive mount for your smartphone swivels 360° while tracking your every move, letting you star in your own movie or take creative photos without having to recruit a cameraman.
The gadget, called Pivo, is one of the latest products aimed at making smartphone photography and videography more seamless. The device can be called into action by snapping your fingers, saying “cheese,” or tapping a button on the remote or companion app, and it offers a few nifty filming modes that will save you the trouble of editing video footage later.
Versus Mode lets you quickly pan between two subjects at pre-designated times, so it’s perfect for filming rap battles or debate-style videos, according to the makers of Pivo. You can also take timelapse videos in motion, which lets the camera rotate 120°, 180°, or 360° to capture more of your surroundings.
It’s not just for video, either. The panorama mode lets you capture a wide-angle image without worrying about messing up your photo with accidental motion. “No more unnatural photo stitching with duplicate heads or missing arms,” the company promises. Another feature, called ManyMe, helps you create an army of clones by snapping still shots of you in different parts of the frame, then stitching them together in one photograph.
Any smartphone can be attached to Pivo, and it works with both iOS and Android. As the ProVideo Coalition puts it, the device is “a true Swiss Army knife to take your smartphone photography to a new level.”
Pivo is currently available for pre-order on Indiegogo for $79, and orders are scheduled to ship in May.