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Spinpod: Seamless panoramic & motion time-lapse photography

A project in Los Angeles, CA by Zhiping Chen & Daniel Aharoni

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A motion control unit for your smart phone and camera that is fun, simple-to-use, and fits in your pocket.
Backers: 881
Average Pledge Per Backer: $100

Funded: $88,384 of $75,000
Dates: May 31st -> Jul 1st (31 days)
Project By: Zhiping Chen & Daniel Aharoni
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Latest News

Less than 24 hours left

June 30th - via:
We are only a few hours away from the finish line! Thanks to all of our amazing backers, we will now be able to move the Spinpod and Dolly System from just a prototype to a full fledged product. Over the next two weeks we will be crunching numbers,... (Read More)

Two Days Left!

June 28th - via:
Well we are getting close to the conclusion of our Kickstarter project. Reaching 100% funding for the Spinpod is a dream come true and we have already started final design conversations with our manufacturing partners.  If you are an iOS (iPhone)... (Read More)

Dolly mounting system

June 26th - via:
Hey there!  We wanted to give everyone a quick update on some changes to the Spinpod mount for our Dolly System. Previously we showed a prototype mount that consisted of a curved aluminum rod. We have been working on a more elegant design and just... (Read More)


June 24th - via:
Last night we hit our funding goal! Over the past 3 weeks we have gained almost 800 backers pledging over 820 Spinpods and 200 Dolly Systems. Reaching our Kickstarter goal with a week to go is better than anything we could have expected and this is... (Read More)

Gift ideas and new color options

June 21st - via:
Hey Everyone! There has been quite a bit of interest in an all black and all white version of the Spinpod over the past few weeks. We placed an order for 3D printed versions of these colors and they just arrived today. The production version of the... (Read More)

The Home Stretch

June 19th - via:
Hey there,  We first wanted to thank everyone for the great feedback and support we got last week on the Dolly System! We are having a fun time taking linear and curved motion time-lapse videos and we know you all will too. Here are two long... (Read More)

New Add-on and Limited Reward Tier Added!

June 12th - via:
Hello everyone, We are extremely excited to announce a new add-on for the Spinpod. The add-on is a Dolly System which, when used with the Spinpod, produces linear and curved motion for time-lapse photography and can support the weight of DSLR... (Read More)

Linear motion time-lapse and DSLR support are here!

June 10th - via:
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The Next Big Thing

June 10th - via:
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Kickstarter project aims to bring time-lapse photography to smartphones

June 10th - via:
A Kickstarter project begun by two PHD candidates -- Daniel Aharoni and Zhiping Chen from the University of California, Los Angeles -- aims to raise the $75,000 needed to create Spinpod, a device designed by Aharoni and Chen to bring time-lapse photography to smartphones. (Read More)

Spinpod rotates your smartphone when the panoramic urge strikes

June 9th - via:
The Spinpod is a portable motion control unit which is designed to make creating panoramas easier, while removing the need for you to spin on the spot. (Read More)

Spinpod aims to set your smartphone spinning: Connect

June 6th - via:
If you've ever tried snapping a panorama picture with your smartphone, you know this can be a tricky task. Spinpod seeks to ease the experience and result in smoother stitching as it slowly — and, most importantly, steadily — rotates your smartphone in either landscape or portrait orientation. The gadget also promises to help you take motion time lapse photos and serve as a stand. (Read More)

Kickstarter project "Spinpod" helps you shoot better panoramas and time lapse videos

June 5th - via:
If you are into shooting panoramas, time lapse videos, or both with your iPhone, then this Kickstarter project might be something you are interested in. Oh, and it can double as a sound amplifying dock for your iPhone as well. Dubbed “Spinpod”, this little device can have your iPhone docked on to it, then will spin to take the “perfect panorama.” (Read More)

Spinpod Brings Time-Lapse Photography to Your Smartphone (video)

June 5th - via:
Capturing quality motion time-lapses and panoramas have long been feats reserved for the most adept photographers, but two Ph.D. candidates from the University of California, Los Angeles physics department are making the process available to all with a brand-new accessory. (Read More)

Progress Update and Feature Highlight

June 4th - via:
Well we sure have had an exciting 4 days. Because of you all we are now at 30% of our goal and have a whopping 291 backers! If we keep up this pace we will be able to reach all of our stretch goals. Some stretch goals will add free features and... (Read More)

Spinpod Aims to Improve Your Panoramic Photos and Motion Time-Lapse Videos

June 4th - via:
Just a few days old, a new Kickstarter project called “Spinpod” is aiming to improve your panoramic photos and videos through the use of a spinning pod designed for smaller cameras such as smartphones, GoPros and so forth. (Read More)

Create seamless panoramic photos and motion time-lapse videos with Spinpods

June 4th - via:
Spinpod is a new Kickstarter project from Zhiping Chen and Daniel Aharoni, and is designed to aid the creation of smooth and seamless panoramic images and/or motion time-lapse videos with your iPhone (or other smartphones). (Read More)

The Spinpod Will Make Your iPhone's Panoramas Suck Less

June 3rd - via:
A new Kickstarter called the Spinpod is looking to not only step up your mobile photography, but also give make your phone experience even better. It is a little device that can help you take better panoramic photos, do motion time lapse videos with your phone, act as a stand, and can also be a dock for your iPhone or Android phone. Once your device is in place, you need to lock it using the thumb wheel–which then acts as a nifty on/off switch. (Read More)

Kickstarter Find: Spinpod panoramic motion capture dock

June 3rd - via:
One of iOS 6′s coolest features was the introduction of a panoramic mode, which lets you take an instant panorama without the messy process of stitching together individual photos. It’s sufficient for the occasional snapshot, but a serious panoramic photo requires more control than you can achieve holding the camera by hand. Enter our latest Kickstarter Find, the Spinpod, which provides precisely controlled motion capture so your panoramic shots are wobble free and absolutely seamless. (Read More)

Spinpod: günstiges & simples Timelapse Motion Control System

June 3rd - via:
Ich habe hier schonmal zwei Motion Control Systems für Timelapse Aufnahmen mit DSLRs vorgestellt, leider sind die Dinger aber vergleichsweise teuer. Jetzt habe ich aktuell ein weiteres Kickstarter Projekt namens Spinpod entdeckt, dabei wird versucht ein Panorama Kopf & Timelapse Motion Control System zu finanzieren, welches aber auf Smartphone und GoPro Basis funktioniert. Das System erinnert mich ein wenig an meine GoPro-Eieruhr, wobei meine Lösung natürlich sehr einfach gehalten ist. Wie das mit dem Spinpod genau aussehen soll verrät uns das folgende Video. (Read More)

Thank You!

June 1st - via:
We woke up yesterday with an invention we loved and a hope that people on Kickstarter would find it compelling. Today we woke up to 178 backers and 17% of our goal being reached (and an invention we loved)!   We cannot begin to express how much we... (Read More)

Spinpod: Iphone Panorama und Zeitraffer 360 Grad Drehvorrichtung

May 31st - via:
Eine kleine Smartphone Halterung die sich in verschiedenen Geschwindigkeiten drehen kann. Ideal für 360er Panorama Aufnahmen oder Zeitraffer Videos. Ist etwa so groß wie ein Haushalts Rauchmelder. Im limitierten Early Bird Special für 49$ zu haben. Verwendbar mit Smartphones und mittels Adapter mit allen Kameras mit Stativ Aufnahme. (Read More)

Spinpod - Seamless Panoramic and Motion Timelapse Photography

May 31st - via:
Spinpod helps you take that perfect panoramic shot, and eliminates the horizontal hip pivot, or vertical backwards bend when taking a photo. Taking a panoramic picture is no longer like doing an aerobics class. I know this sounds lazy, but when you can eliminate the misalignment that often happens when the camera stitches together your panoramic pics, it makes that much more sense. The spin pod acts on the premise that you get a truer perspective by rotating closer your cameras axis allowing the lens to pivot closer to one point, something that is hard to achieve holding the camera at arms length. (Read More)

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