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MacRumors
Dec 27, 2012, 09:06 PM
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http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/12/cycloramic.jpgCycloramic (http://appshopper.com/photography/cycloramic) is a clever panoramic video app that was released earlier this week. Unlike most panorama apps available for the iPhone, Cycloramic doesn't require users to hold the phone steady while rotating in a circle.

Instead, the app takes advantage of the strong vibrating feature of the iPhone. When balanced on a flat surface such as a granite countertop, the phone will spin on its own, capturing a hands-free 360 degree video using either the front-facing or rear camera. TechCrunch (http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/27/the-woz-users-cycloramic-and-an-iphone-5-to-street-view-his-kitchen/) has a rundown on how it works:
Start by balancing your phone upright on a flat surface (a granite countertop or glass table). The surface has to be really smooth, so don't expect any non-laminated wood or tiles to work.

Once you press "GO", the app will make the phone vibrate at just the right frequencies to force to phone into a twirl. Your iPhone will continue to spin in a circle, which recording video, until you press the "STOP" button.Brfr7--6ESc
Though Cycloramic will work with the iPhone 4/4S, it was designed for the iPhone 5's lightweight form factor, which means the older iPhones won't spin as well. The phone must also be set to "Vibrate on Silent" and "Vibrate on Ring" to function properly.

Cycloramic can be downloaded from the App Store (http://appshopper.com/photography/cycloramic) for $0.99. [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cycloramic/id587578368?mt=8)]

Article Link: Cycloramic App Captures Hands-Free 360 Degree Video Using iPhone's Vibrate Motor (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/12/27/cycloramic-app-captures-hands-free-360-degree-video/)



szw-mapple fan
Dec 27, 2012, 09:08 PM
Image (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/12/27/cycloramic-app-captures-hands-free-360-degree-video/)


Image (http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/12/cycloramic.jpg)Cycloramic (http://appshopper.com/photography/cycloramic) is a clever panoramic video app that was released earlier this week. Unlike most panorama apps available for the iPhone, Cycloramic doesn't require users to hold the phone steady while rotating in a circle.

Instead, the app takes advantage of the strong vibrating feature of the iPhone. When balanced on a flat surface such as a granite countertop, the phone will spin on its own, capturing a hands-free 360 degree video using either the front-facing or rear camera. TechCrunch (http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/27/the-woz-users-cycloramic-and-an-iphone-5-to-street-view-his-kitchen/) has a rundown on how it works:
YouTube: video (http://youtube.com/watch?v=Brfr7--6ESc)
Though Cycloramic will work with the iPhone 4/4S, it was designed for the iPhone 5's lightweight form factor, which means the older iPhones won't spin as well. The phone must also be set to "Vibrate on Silent" and "Vibrate on Ring" to function properly.

Cycloramic can be downloaded from the App Store (http://appshopper.com/photography/cycloramic) for $0.99. [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cycloramic/id587578368?mt=8)]

Article Link: Cycloramic App Captures Hands-Free 360 Degree Video Using iPhone's Vibrate Motor (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/12/27/cycloramic-app-captures-hands-free-360-degree-video/)

that is so cool

illegalprelude
Dec 27, 2012, 09:14 PM
I've been using this app on my iPhone 5 all day and it still blows my mind that it actually works.

FooMan2011
Dec 27, 2012, 09:28 PM
Sounds cool... Don't know if spending a dollar's worth finding out.

ChristianJapan
Dec 27, 2012, 09:28 PM
Some people are really creative ... Great idea. Well done in realization. :)

caspersoong
Dec 27, 2012, 09:29 PM
Won't cases pose a problem?

Lancer
Dec 27, 2012, 09:43 PM
I must agree that is very cool!

Feltzem
Dec 27, 2012, 10:02 PM
Wow, I just tried it and it actually works! So cool. It would make for a pretty good party trick - hey look, my phone can spin round in a circle by itself!

troop231
Dec 27, 2012, 10:04 PM
Won't cases pose a problem?

You're casing it wrong ;)

Michael Scrip
Dec 27, 2012, 10:21 PM
Are there any examples of the finished video? I'd love to see what this actually does.

All I can find is a video of the camera.

EDIT: I just found some on Youtube. Still wondering why they never showed an example in the article.

deannnnn
Dec 27, 2012, 10:48 PM
This is one of those things where the coolness factor totally outweighs the usefulness factor.

-BigMac-
Dec 27, 2012, 10:54 PM
Won't cases pose a problem?

if you have a case you obviously wont be using the app. or take the case off. easy?

dokujaryu
Dec 27, 2012, 11:13 PM
I only have one thing to say to this: "Lollollollol"

Ruahrc
Dec 27, 2012, 11:20 PM
Now let's see it work on a rough picnic table. Or a railing edge. Or a slanted rock. Or a sandy beach. Or a car dashboard. Or your knee. It seems to me that almost anywhere you would actually want to take a panoramic photo seems like it would be impossible for this to function. Unless you like taking panoramas of your desk or living room.

CTYankee
Dec 27, 2012, 11:24 PM
YOU'RE NOT SHOOTING THAT RIGHT, DUMMY!

http://youtu.be/Bt9zSfinwFA

HiRez
Dec 27, 2012, 11:44 PM
Kinda weird they didn't show an examples of the finished panorama int he video, just the phone spinning around over and over again.

rman726
Dec 27, 2012, 11:45 PM
Totally worth the 99 cent admission price.

carlos916
Dec 27, 2012, 11:46 PM
Looks like fun until the phone gets all scratched up from the bottom.. And funny that the phone they use on the video is all used and abused .. Nevertheless its a cool app

reden
Dec 28, 2012, 12:19 AM
I've been using this app on my iPhone 5 all day and it still blows my mind that it actually works.

I hope your head's okay.

TimDaddy
Dec 28, 2012, 12:44 AM
So, who wants to invest in a company to make little ceramic disks you carry with you to locations that you may wish to use this?

kevinkt
Dec 28, 2012, 01:09 AM
Promo video recorded with my left shoe. Edited with my right shoe.

notjustjay
Dec 28, 2012, 01:16 AM
"Hey guys, watch this, I'm going to take a panoramic shot of the Grand Cany- oops!"

Oohara
Dec 28, 2012, 02:25 AM
What a disturbing little video clip...Jobs' face so awkward lol. And one rotation would have been quite enough - show the results afterwards instead!

Really cool app though.

mrsir2009
Dec 28, 2012, 02:29 AM
Looks like fun until the phone gets all scratched up from the bottom.

Oh my god! My phone has tiny hair-scratches on the side that you need to squint your eyes in just the right way to see! Life's not worth living!

Tha Professor
Dec 28, 2012, 04:10 AM
So, who wants to invest in a company to make little ceramic disks you carry with you to locations that you may wish to use this?

I am sure Will.I.Am would love to invest! Along with a rolling wheels case for iPhone and accessories...

cRuNcHiE
Dec 28, 2012, 05:25 AM
Not sure i'd like the vibrator motor on like that. Over time it will no doubt cause something to break or come lose inside the phone!

cicuz
Dec 28, 2012, 06:26 AM
Quite ironic, the number of dents on that phone is :)

Kaibelf
Dec 28, 2012, 07:15 AM
Now let's see it work on a rough picnic table. Or a railing edge. Or a slanted rock. Or a sandy beach. Or a car dashboard. Or your knee. It seems to me that almost anywhere you would actually want to take a panoramic photo seems like it would be impossible for this to function. Unless you like taking panoramas of your desk or living room.

It's VERY obviously a niche app. Go tinkle in someone else's wheaties. I can see this being useful for someone listing an apartment for rent/sale.

Koodauw
Dec 28, 2012, 07:33 AM
Well I bought it but I doesnt rotate enough for me to get a full 360 degrees.I get more like 20. Wonder if its the surface its on? I was only able to try it on my desk.

Edit: tried it on the desk at home, didnt work there either. Tried it on the granite and glass surfaces. Worked just fine. So the surface does make a huge difference in case any was wondering.

Shade12
Dec 28, 2012, 07:38 AM
Won't cases pose a problem?
If course. Your iPhone has to be naked.

samh004
Dec 28, 2012, 07:41 AM
Tried it, worked as advertised, and hoping for more functionality or an existing panorama developer to buy them out... photo capability would definitely be better!

Thunderhawks
Dec 28, 2012, 07:58 AM
If course. Your iPhone has to be naked.

Talk about naked!

Watch this app replace

Spin-the-bottle

at those wild parties.

likemyorbs
Dec 28, 2012, 08:04 AM
Worst dollar I ever spent. It gives you a crappy quality video with no sound. I thought it would do real panoramas that you can scroll through, but it's just a video. What's the point?

bushido
Dec 28, 2012, 08:07 AM
id be to scared for my phone to fall over tbh

timinireland
Dec 28, 2012, 08:17 AM
This is what I've always wanted, cos every time i go off on holiday, I always bring a little slab of polished granite with me in my case, just for this very purpose.... lol

It might work i suppose if you set it in the middle of your car roof, then watch it vibrate off down the other side onto the concrete before you manage to catch it... Ooops... lol

Good idea tho, but not practical in practice.. Unless your in a room taking a photo with it on a desk or something..

I was going to buy it anyway for its novelty value, but the first 5 reviews or so all gave 1 star, and said it doesn't work and their phone doesn't move..

Maybe a little squirt of WD40 under the phone might help? KY Jelly anyone? lol....

JGRE
Dec 28, 2012, 08:32 AM
Can it also make panoramic pictures or is it just video? If so, it only makes your iPhone rotate and nothing else........

msandersen
Dec 28, 2012, 08:42 AM
Well I bought it but I doesnt rotate enough for me to get a full 360 degrees.I get more like 20. Wonder if its the surface its on? I was only able to try it on my desk.
I haven't tried it, but they do say it's meant for the iPhone 5's weight, although it will work with the heavier 4/4s, but not as well. The slickness of the surface is an obvious factor too.

DogHouseDub
Dec 28, 2012, 08:57 AM
Works as advertised with iPhone 5. Smooth surface is a must. Don't see the utility yet, but spent a buck to support the cause.

likemyorbs
Dec 28, 2012, 09:43 AM
If so, it only makes your iPhone rotate and nothing else........

Basically.

jamesryanbell
Dec 28, 2012, 10:12 AM
Not worth the risk of it falling over if the surface isn't just right.

testcard
Dec 28, 2012, 10:31 AM
I see it more as an exercise app. Set it up for 10 revolutions, hit Start, and then run around the kitchen table, attempting to remain in the frame as your iPhone rotates.

PeckhamBog
Dec 28, 2012, 10:50 AM
I was puzzled initially where the 'Settings' button was to change the lack of sound.

Then my brain decided to wake up and tell me that the buzzing from the vibrate would interfere with the sound input, hence the audio free video recording.

Still, I've managed to get a 'wow' off everyone in the family including my anti-Mac eldest.

hamkor04
Dec 28, 2012, 11:36 AM
More than 15 years ago we used to play with old Nokia phones by putting them in vibrate mode

rang
Dec 28, 2012, 12:26 PM
Maybe works for the light weight 5 like the article says...but how many 4/4S's are out there compared to the 5???

How many.

If you're going to code an app and you want to make money with a fixed price...what's you're **smart target** audience???

baryon
Dec 28, 2012, 01:18 PM
This is awesome, but why a 360 video? Wouldn't a 360 panoramic still image be a lot cooler?

JPChicago
Dec 28, 2012, 01:30 PM
Works for me. Still in shock how they made this possible! Very creative!

lkwan
Dec 28, 2012, 05:17 PM
I don't have granite counter tops... And I can't get app to work at...

Worst .99 I have spent, should have bought a rt 44 from sonic!

inscrewtable
Dec 29, 2012, 02:05 AM
Good to have, just in case.

louiek
Dec 29, 2012, 07:59 AM
Worked just fine for me on a laminated kitchen benchtop which is far from polished. Couldn't work out how to get sound till my brain kicked in and realised that wouldn't work. 360 panorama photo would be great, still don't know why the camera app stops at 180. Great wow factor, gonna' be a hit at NYE party.

Nozuka
Dec 29, 2012, 02:06 PM
i'm suprised how easy it is to get people to buy something like this.

testcard
Dec 29, 2012, 02:07 PM
i'm suprised how easy it is to get people to buy something like this.

If you build it, they will come.

needfx
Dec 29, 2012, 02:29 PM
sounds great for orgies!

FDX
Dec 29, 2012, 06:00 PM
More than 15 years ago we used to play with old Nokia phones by putting them in vibrate mode

Lol I did too, it worked best in my pocket.

Morshu9001
Dec 30, 2012, 02:21 AM
I bought it. It's really cool! But what do you even use the 360˚ video for? Is there some software that turns it into a panoramic photo?

iapplelove
Dec 30, 2012, 04:27 AM
Sorry but awful commercial showcasing the app. Don't need to see it spin 3 times and yeah would be nice to actually see some video. Anyway I would buy almost anything and at 99 cents wouldn't think twice on something but since I hate the add so much I'm gonna pass

testcard
Dec 30, 2012, 06:10 AM
Seal of approval from The Woz.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/9769817/Steve-Wozniak-praises-panorama-app-that-spins-iPhone.html

Morshu9001
Dec 30, 2012, 12:19 PM
This is one of those things where the coolness factor totally outweighs the usefulness factor.

Yeah, but it's still useful because doing it by hand is inaccurate. That is, of course, if you are able to make a photo from the 360˚ video.

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This is awesome, but why a 360 video? Wouldn't a 360 panoramic still image be a lot cooler?

I was expecting it to make a photo from the video. Just a video of the thing spinning is useless!

fxapple
Dec 30, 2012, 01:16 PM
Really cool idea but so far I've tried it on granite and several other smooth surfaces with a full 360 degree turn. It gets to 180 degrees sometimes. Very disappointed for the limited turn results look great.

joeshell383
Dec 30, 2012, 01:45 PM
Would be great in real estate and lodging (including AirBnB).

twizynorthwood
Jan 1, 2013, 08:10 AM
Glass table - goes 20% of the way round
Polished wood table doesnt work
Formica top - doesnt go round at all

With case on it falls over
Interesting idea but now 99c down and no app that works

BrennerM
Jan 1, 2013, 09:31 AM
They've already been making portable bases for this for years, in the form of granite hot plates.

http://www.diningstones.com/products.html

(note: I have no affiliation with this product and you can find other types out there as well)

KdParker
Jan 1, 2013, 12:51 PM
i'm suprised how easy it is to get people to buy something like this.

Why would you be surprised? People buy fart apps, fake drinking apps...etc.

garylapointe
Jan 1, 2013, 04:05 PM
Should we start a pool on how long until this gets pulled?

I've sure this violates something from the Apple guidelines. I'm sure vibrate motor is designated for feedback and not for propelling the device around...

That said, this is very cool :)

Gary

Greg.
Jan 1, 2013, 04:58 PM
A 360 degree pararama would be cool, a 360 video isn't that useful in many situations. What's worse is making a video of this taking a video! See 9 secs in:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzdhr2CqSJs

Don't panic
Jan 2, 2013, 03:02 PM
it sounds like a fun gimmick.
unfortunately it does not work very well on iPhone 4.
so far i have tried it on about a dozen surfaces (all polished) and it only worked once.
probably nice for the iPhone 5, but for the 4 i wouldn't recommend it.

and it would be much much better if it worked making a panorama picture, rather than a movie

another thing that is poorly designed is that you have to get out of the app an into the regular camera app to delete a video just made if you don't like it (unless i am missing something)

dona83
Jan 5, 2013, 12:45 PM
I want my money back!!

chrismaddern
Jan 10, 2013, 03:15 AM
This is an amazing concept!!

CamAround does practically the same, for free, and adds video filters and smoother video.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/camaround-360-hands-free-video/id590455394?mt=8

Worth a look for free!!

switon
Jan 29, 2013, 05:21 AM
Hi all,

I submitted a post to the iPhone Tips forum concerning a Proposed Mechanism for the Cycloramic app that I had found on the Internet, asking for any comments in my post. While the post garnered a fair number of views, nobody has had any comments. I guess I was hoping for a discussion of the merits of this proposal, but none arose. So I'm thinking that perhaps I posted in the wrong forum. In any case, here is the link to the earlier posting, if anyone is interested:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1532746&highlight=cycloramic

Regards,
Switon

edhchoe
Nov 6, 2013, 07:26 PM
I am like 11 months behind but still... I am having a lot of fun with it!!