A lot of entrepreneuring individuals and designers take their best ideas to Kickstarter to get the funding they need to implement them. To jog your memory, some projects that we’ve featured from the crowd-funding site include TriggerHappy and the KillShot Rifle Camera.
So what is the Galileo? It’s basically an iOS-controlled robotic iPhone platform that’s equipped with infinite spherical rotation capability. To control the platform, and orient your device accordingly, all you have to do is swipe your finger on your iPhone or iPod’s screen. The Galileo has a number of applications in photography and cinematography, as well as social networking and video conferencing:
- Video calls and conferencing – stay connected as you follow the action
- Baby monitoring – see what you want to see, not just what the babysitter shows you
- Remote learning – follow professors around the classroom; see who is asking questions
- Time-lapse photography – create dynamic time-lapse videos that encompass movement along with passage of time
- Cinematography – shoot interesting transition shots, panning down, panning across and up, etc.
- Real estate photography – build 360° spherical virtual home tours with ease
Galileo is capable of infinite 360° pan-and-tilt, even at speeds of up to 200° per second in any orientation, making it a useful tool for both amateurs and pros.
Here are some of Galileo’s features:
- Infinite 360° panning and tilting rotation. 200° per second pan-and-tilt speeds.
- Remotely controlled from your iPad, iPhone, or web browser. Swipe your finger across the screen or move your mouse to control the movement of the Galileo and your device.
- SDK (software developers kit) for app development. Freedom to integrate Galileo functionality into existing apps or to create entirely new apps built around the movement capabilities of Galileo.
- Outfitted with a standard tripod screw, the Galileo can be mounted on any tripod.
- Fabulous charging station for your iPhone or iPod. Charges your device while plugged in (USB cable included).
- Rechargeable Lithium polymer battery lets you use your Galileo anywhere.
The Galileo sounds impressive, doesn’t it? A minimum pledge of just $85 will get you your very own Galileo at a price that’s way below its retail value of $129.95. It has already received over $140,000 in funding, which is forty grand above its original goal. You can make a pledge to support the project until April 21st, 2012.
If you’re interested, you can head on over to Kickstarter to get a Galileo or two.[The Digital Story]