Thursday, 27 December 2012

New App Takes 360 Degree Videos By Making the iPhone Rotate Itself

A rather new application dubbed Cycloramic has hit the App Store for taking 360-degree videos with your iPhone 5. It has been designed so that you can stand your iPhone 5 straight up on a hard and flat glossy surface, such as glass, marble, or granite and the iPhone 5 will rotate 360 degrees all by itself to take the 360-degree video without you even needing to hold the device.

Does it seem too good to be true? – As a matter of fact, it’s real. The application is made specifically for the iPhone 5 and it uses vibration patterns using the iPhone 5’s built-in vibration mechanism to push the iPhone 5 in the direction it needs to go. When it completes the 360-degree circle, the video is saved to your Camera Roll as expected.

For the application to work correctly, you cannot have the iPhone 5 in any type of case whatsoever, as it might absorb the iPhone’s vibrations or cause the iPhone not to stand up perfectly straight. You also should use an iPhone 5, because it’s just light enough that the vibrations can push it, whereas the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S are heavier and don’t see these same results.

According to TechCrunch, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has also been spotted playing with Cycloramic to take a 360-degree video of his kitchen, which you can view from this link. From the application you can choose the amount of rotations you want to capture in video and then tap on the large "go" button to get started – the application will count down and then begin capturing. You can even pick to use the front or back camera. It’s that simple.

Some might be worried about the rotations scuffing the anodized aluminum on the bottom of the iPhone 5, however this is damage that youmight see over a long period of use and not on your first couple of tries.

Cycloramic will set you back 99¢ to snag it from the App Store from this link, however it's well worth it if you can stand getting dizzy by watching your own round-and-round videos from your iPhone 5. 

Are you going to give the app a try? [MODMYI]

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