Cycloramic is a new photography app that shoots 360-degree videos from the iPhone’s camera by automatically rotating the device without the need for manual intervention or a specialised accessory.
So how is the automatic rotation done?
The developers of the app found a clever way to utilise the iPhone’s inbuilt vibration motor to rotate the device by a certain angle every few seconds. Once the device is done rotating the required amount, which can easily be known through the compass and gyroscope, the rotation and the video capture stop.
The app has been designed specifically for the iPhone 5’s new vibration motor, so it might not work as expected for older devices. It requires a smooth and flat surface to operate on, and can currently shoot only videos.
Here’s a video of the app in action:
And here’s the final video:
It’ll take a bit of courage for you let go of your vertically placed iPhone with the vibration motor switched on, but the device stays pretty steady throughout the rotation. The duration of the final video will vary depending on the roughness of the surface your iPhone’s kept on.
The preset rotations are 360, 720 or 1080 degrees, and you have the choice of shooting the video from the front or the rear camera. The final video is saved to your camera roll.
The developers of the app note that in addition to video, the next release of the app would also have still panorama capturing abilities, making it a great camera for large family dinners.
The app is available for $0.99 on the App Store.