Kogeto Ships Dot, 360-Degree Panoramic Vid Camera for iPhone With a Twist

This is pretty wild: the Kogeto Dot ($80) is a 360-degree lens that snaps onto the back of an iPhone 4, shoots 360-degrees worth of video; then a player in the cloud (if you upload the clip) or on your iPhone 4 in the form of Kogeto’s free Looker app (if you keep the clip on your phone) allows you to play the app and change to any viewpoint in a 360-degree circle during playback.

Kogeto’s Dot camera began as a teacher’s aid, in the guise of a similar device named “Lucy,” before it moved on to become a Kickstarter project and has just begun shipping as a full-fledged product.

Right now, Dot only works on the 4, because the image stabilization feature in the 4S messes with Dot’s output — but Kogeto says they’re working on a solution.

Jeff Kogeto, the man behind the gadget, explained that the whole idea is to fix the problem of having to interrupt what you’re doing in order to capture footage. “They were always pointing the camera at the wrong place,” said Jeff when we spoke to him briefly over the phone. Now, instead, pretty much everything within a single plane can be captured and then different perpectives can be viewed later.

Jeff also mentioned that Kogeto is already speaking with CBS and the Canadian Broadcasting Company about using Dot for news interviews. Cool.

The clip above features David from Kogeto describing Dot; if you ‘d like to play around with actual footage, some fun uploads can be found here.

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  • mgeyster1

    I think this will just be a flow away item in a year. How useful is this really…

  • Chris002

    didn’t you post this one before? i remember reading about this a few months ago….

  • Chris002

    i did read about this back in may… http://www.funkyspacemonkey.co

  • elimilchman

    Don’t think so…they’ve just begun shipping.

  • supertino

    Jeff Kogeto? Or did you mean Jeff Glasse?

  • Christian_jed

    Hopefully we can have it here in philippines!

  • technophile

    Did you even bother to go to their website before writing this ? 

    * It’s not a video camera as you mention in the title, it’s a lens attachment for the iPhone 4 and 4S enabling 360 video capture (using the iPhone camera)
    * Jeff Kogeto => Jeff Glasse* Dot is fully compatible with iPhone 4S * The Lucy camera is actually a high end system for stationary use in the classroom (price tag $1000 – $5000), so not so similar to this (handheld, portable) device 

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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