Snap-On Gadget Lets You Record 360 Degree Video With Your iPhone

Dot for iPhone 4

The ingenuity shown by people devising iPhone add-ons (both software and hardware) never ceases to amaze me. This latest idea is one of the coolest I’ve seen for a while.

The Dot is a 360 degree video camera attachment for iPhone 4. Snap it on your phone and it records video in all directions. The accompanying software interprets the weird raw footage – which is distorted into a donut shape – and turns it into something you can navigate with your finger.

Dot replaces a chunky piece of kit (about the size of a kitchen blender) with something small enough to slip in your pocket.

Watching 360 degree video is a bit of a strange experience, and isn’t so good for telling stories (although I’m sure people will use it for that). What it’s ideal for, though, is conveying atmosphere, mood, or setting.

With a 360 degree image to flip through, you can explore a scene as if you’re there. If you don’t like what you’re seeing in one direction, you can turn on the spot, and look the other way. Even while the camera’s moving.

The only difficulty is sharing these navigable files online. They won’t work on YouTube like regular video files. The Dot’s makers say they’re working on their own hosting service, where people can store their video files and grab embed codes for using elsewhere on the web.

The Dot is still in Kickstarter mode; actual products should be shipping by August.

  • Les Surdykowski

    Hmmm. I’d love to see this integrated with FaceTime.

  • GrimWit

    yeah, so where is the video??

  • Rebelord

    There’s also the GoPano Micro (http://store.gopano.com/) being developed which does the same thing.

    I’m hoping they’ll create better prices via competition.

  • prof_peabody

    really, really, really, REALLY low quality video though. 

  • Bugbytes Security

    This could be an awesome product with some improvements. Cool.

  • cheesy11

    going to need a mirror to see what you are recording

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