Brilliant Belkin iPhone stand uses Apple DockKit to keep camera pointed at user

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Belkin Auto-Tracking Stand Pro in use
The Belkin Auto-Tracking Stand Pro can be your virtual cameraman, whether you're making a TikTok video or simply on a video call.
Photo: Belkin

The Belkin Auto-Tracking Stand Pro is the first-ever accessory to work with Apple DockKit. Using this tech, it can hold up an iPhone, rotate and tilt to keep the camera focused on the user during video calls.

The unveiling came at CES 2024, where Belkin also announced Qi2 wireless chargers and standard chargers with GaN that will soon start reaching customers.

Video conferencing made easy with Belkin Auto-Tracking Stand Pro

When video chatting with an iPhone, your options are hold your iPhone or put it in a stand. In the first option, the camera moves too much. In the second, it’s too static — it doesn’t follow the user as they move around. The same is true when making a TikTok or YouTube video without someone handling the camera.

Belkin Auto-Tracking Stand Pro can be the camera operator. Place an iPhone 12 or newer model on the MagSafe connector and the stand rotates 360 degrees (and more) or tilts up and down 90 degrees to keep you on camera.

It works with both front and rear cameras, and charges the iPhone at the same time. The accessory runs off an internal battery or a connection to a wall socket.

Belkin Auto-Tracking Stand Pro
Belkin’s new iPhone stand pans and tilts to keep the camera following you.
Photo: Belkin

DockKit enabled

There have been rival iPhone camera tracking stands before, but the Belkin Auto-Tracking Stand Pro stands out with Apple’s own DockKit system. That means it doesn’t require a third-party application — the tech is already built into the iPhone.

DockKit is part of iOS 17 and was unveiled at WWDC2023. “It determines how to best position the iPhone camera to frame and track objects, with improved person tracking using combined body and face tracking for human subjects,” noted Apple.

“We’re excited to provide content creators with a thoughtfully designed product that will effortlessly enhance the creation process,” said Melody Tecson, Belkin’s VP of product management. “We are proud to deliver the world’s first DockKit-enabled accessory, and we look forward to bringing more content creation products to market.”

Belkin Auto-Tracking Stand Pro costs $179.99. Its maker will only say the release date is “coming very soon.”

And a range of Belkin Qi2 and GaN accessories, too

Also coming soon are the first Qi2 accessories from Belkin. This new wireless charging standard brings the advantages of MagSafe to Android. Plus, recent iPhone models support Qi2 as well.

The BoostCharge Pro 3-in-1 Magnetic Stand offers 15W charging for Qi2-enabled handsets, fast charging for Apple Watch Series 7 and later, and optimal charging for wireless earbuds. It’ll be $149.99 when it launches in March 2024

Belkin BoostCharge Pro Magnetic Power Bank
Belkin BoostCharge Pro Magnetic Power Bank comes in a range of sizes and storage capacities.
Photo: Belkin

And the BoostCharge Pro Magnetic Power Bank comes in 5000mAh, 8000mAh and 1000mAh versions for charging up Qi2 handsets on the go. A kickstand makes it a portable stand, too. Prices come in at $59.99, $79.99, $99.99 depending on storage capacity, and the launch is scheduled for March 2024.

In addition, Belkin is using GaN to make its charging accessories smaller.

The 6-in-1 Core GaN Dock features two 2x USB-C ports (1 with 96W power delivery), two USB-A ports for legacy devices, an HDMI port for display resolutions up to 4K, and a gigabit Ethernet port. It’s $139.99 and, unlike all the other products mentioned, is available now on belkin.com.

The BoostCharge Pro 4-Port USB-C GaN Charger 200W is $129.99 and is coming in March.

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