Swivl: A Pocket Sized Robotic Camera Man (video)
Video bloggers, otherwise known as Vloggers, has long been a solo job. Unless of course your Vlog garners hundreds of thousands of views, then you can probably afford a production team, or at the very least a friend to hold the camera. For those of you lacking Internet fame, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Satarii Star has now been fully funded and with it a much more marketable name; Swivl.
If you recall, this device is a mount for your iPhone, Android device or camcorder and can follow you as you walk left to right ensuring that you’re never out of the camera’s field of view. In this version, though, they’ve also added the ability for the device to tilt, so presumably you can now jump and go prone without losing a shot. It works by affixing a small tracking beacon to your pants, which enables the base unit to know where you’re standing.
As of today the Swivl is available for preorder, though the company is saying that demand is outpacing production, so if you want one sooner than later we suggest you throw down the $160 asking price. Expect it to hit retail stores, or at the very least your door step sometime in early 2012 and an early unveiling as this upcoming CES.