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Swivl Is the Camera Stand That Will Keep You in the Shot

Swivl is a novel camera dock that works with mobile phones and uses object tracking to follow you in a video.

Swivl is a nifty little camera stand that you can use to keep yourself in a shot without guiding it by hand. The device by Satarii has a stationary base with motors that allows it to tilt and spin to keep a remote marker in its sight.

While you iPhone, Android phone, and other mobile device records your video, the stand acts as your own personal robot cameraman. Just hold or clip the marker to yourself and the device will follow you or whatever you want in the shot. It's perfect for FaceTime and video chat while you are moving around, pointing things out in a video presentation, or making a video of yourself with the kids.

The device is designed with a slot that's made especially to fit iPhones, but any phone slimmer than 11 millimeters will also fit. Point-and-shoot cameras can also sit on the device, so long as they have a tripod mount and weighs less than 6 ounces. Of course, you could make things even more interesting with a remote camera trigger or by doing a little time-lapse photography.

The Swivl is due to start shipping early next year, and you can pre-order one from the Satarii for $159.

[Swivl via Wired]

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