Last year we told you about the Swivl, a portable robotic camera mount that can keep tabs on you if you walk left or right in the shot. It works in tandem with many cameras or smartphones, and tracks its subject using a small tracking beacon.
The Galileo, much like Swivl, is also a Kickstarter project and at first blush appears to be another portable robotic camera. But instead of using a small beacon to automatically follow the subject, the Galileo connects to any iOS device and can be wirelessly controlled simply by swiping left, right, up or down on the screen. And unlike the Swivl, Galileo can tilt and pan (yes, both) a full 360 degrees thanks to magical engineering that is beyond our pay grade. This allows it to endlessly spin on its axises at up to 200 degrees per second. So suffice to say it’s no slouch and most certainly makes for an amazing robotic cameraman for places you could get never fit or shall we say squeeze Galileo’s human counterpart.
Galileo’s applications are virtually endless and right now range from video conferencing, to baby monitoring, to time lapse photography and more. Even more will be possible as they’ve also designed the Galileo to include a software developers kit, meaning existing apps or new apps can be created around the device. That said, it also includes a standard tripod mount screw, so toss on one of Joby’s bendable leg tripods and you can stick it almost any where. Heck, combine it with Cinetic‘s offering and you’ve all but put Hollywood cameramen out of the job.
Now you’re probably wondering about the specs of this things. We don’t know battery life and it only works with the iPhone or iPod Touch, though they’ve got plans for a GoPro mount in the future. Unfortunately, it’s not designed to work with bigger cameras, such as a DSLR, but maybe we’ll see that in a future iteration.
If you want the Galileo, you’ll need drop just $95, which is much less than what the folks at Swivl were asking.
Turns out one of the founders is from Joby.