Former aerospace engineer Bruno Francisco figured out how to create and app that controlled the iPhone 5’s vibrator. And panoramic photo and video app Cycloramic was born.
Cycloramic, the iPhone 5 video app that wowed Steve Wozniak, has released a new update that allows users to not only takes panoramic videos but now photos too. All without having to hold your phone while doing it. The app, developed by former aerospace engineer Bruno Francois, also allows iPhone 4 and 4s users to manually capture panoramic videos and photos on their device. To get a better idea of how this phone “magically” grabs a panoramic shot, take a look at Rafe Needleman’s video.
According to the Cycloramic team, the iPhone 5’s vibrator and weight are a perfect mix that allows the app to work. The first version of Cycloramic was only able to work with the iPhone 5 but the team has taken in users’ feedback and included a manual function which allows iPhone 4 and 4s users to follow and indicator in order to capture their own panoramic photos and videos.
Cycloramic’s manual capture function with guides to help users align their camera.
Priced at US$0.99 on the App Store, this app is perfect for parties as it allows users to easily capture photos of people in large groups. Not to mention, it’s cool factor of watching your phone spin on its on, doing its thing. Currently, majority of Cycloramic’s users are in the US, Japan, France, UK and Germany. The team is also looking to see how they can expand their reach into Asia.
I had the chance to preview the second version of Cycloramic. The user interface is minimalist, just what you need to select video or photo mode, change settings like rotation speed, flash and automatic or manual rotation. After that, all you have to do is gather your friends, set up the phone on a smooth surface and hit “Go”. Just make sure your friends don’t get too excited or freaked out when they see your phone turning on its own, and bump the table.
Cycloramic’s latest version is now available on the App Store. Try out the app that fascinated Steve Wozniak so much he sent them a panoramic capture of his own kitchen.
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