Dot is First 360 Degree Panoramic Video Accessory for the iPhone 4

Recording video with your smartphone in HD is so 2010. Do you think recording in 3D might be the next big thing? Well, how about recording in 360-degree panoramic video. Dot is a 360 degree video accessory designed for the iPhone 4. Attach it to your iPhone 4’s camera and Dot will record everything around you. We’re talking immersive, fully navigable, panoramic video in real-time. You can email the video or share it via Facebook, Twitter, or stream it online using Kogeto’s web platform.

Kogeto are the creators behind Dot. They are also the folks behind Lucy, an HD-panoramic video camera that is used in educational institutions. Because of their history of success with Lucy, you can be sure that they know what they are doing when it comes to panoramic video cameras. And with Dot, they are doing something that has never been done before – and that is to offer panoramic video capture to the masses. Dot weighs just 15 grams,  it isn’t too obtrusive, and it doesn’t require any additional battery power.

Dot works in conjunction with an iPhone app called Looker which integrates with Kogeto’s web platform where users can share and browse their panoramic videos with others. Also, through the iPhone 4’s internal compass and gyroscope, the app is able learn the position and orientation of that iPhone at the time of capture. The app has another neat feature – if two or more Dots are in one location, the Looker app can link the videos from these Dot users together, allowing a viewer to jump from one perspective to another at the same event.

So who do we see using Dot? We would totally take Dot to our next Lady Gaga concert, or with us on our next vacation. But we also see Dot having plenty of useful roles in businesses – for example, Dot would be a real estate’s agent’s dream for getting up full panoramic videos of their property listings. Kogeto’s Dot is on pre-sale today for $99. The company says that an Android version is also in the works.

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