Cycloramic for iPhone 6 Captures 360-Degree Hands-Free Video Using Power Adapter for Support

Back in 2012, the first iteration of Cycloramic launched, using the vibration motor in the iPhone 5 to capture hands-free 360 degree video. When balanced on a flat surface, the vibration motor allowed the phone to spin on its own, a capability that also worked for the iPhone 5s, as it shared the same design as the iPhone 5.

The iPhone 6, however, has rounded edges that prevent the Cycloramic app from working in the same way -- it's no longer possible to balance the phone on its edge, allowing it to spin freely. The Cycloramic team has come up with an innovative solution to enable 360 hands-free panoramic video on the iPhone 6, however, utilizing the power adapter that the two phones ship with.


As demonstrated in the above video, when the iPhone 6 is placed between the prongs of the power adapter that it ships with, the vibration motor is strong enough to spin it around, capturing 360 degree panoramic videos in landscape mode.
Just put your iPhone 6 on top of your power adapter on a smooth and level surface (granite, marble or wood desk) and it will automatically rotates 360 degrees using the phone's internal vibration motor. As it rotates, the phone takes multiple photos, instantaneously stitches them together, and generates a panoramic photo viewable in our immersive viewer.
The hands-free video mode is limited to the iPhone 6, unfortunately, and does not work with the larger-screened iPhone 6 Plus. Other app features, including a guided panorama mode and photo editing tools work with other devices, including the iPhone 6 Plus.

Cycloramic for iPhone 6 can be downloaded from the App Store for $1.99. [Direct Link]



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61 months ago
I always wondered how they were going to solve this problem. I guess they were thinking inside the box.
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61 months ago
Once again, Apple's non-American customers miss a feature.
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61 months ago

I have to say, that's pretty smart and creative. Unfortunately that does only work with the American adapters.


Once again, Apple's non-American customers miss a feature.


I'm one of the developers of Cycloramic. It will work on Type A, C, G power adapters (these are the ones we have gotten our hands on so far).
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61 months ago
While it's a neat idea, most people take panoramic photos in an outdoor setting where access to smooth and large enough surface on suitable height is extremely limited.
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61 months ago

I'm one of the developers of Cycloramic. It will work on Type A, C, G power adapters (these are the ones we have gotten our hands on so far).


What about the people that bought the original version of the software that now have to buy the version. What a rip off. I already paid for it once. Now you split the software for different phone versions. Would I have to buy it again next year when the 6S comes out. You could make even more money if you made a different versions for the verizon, att, and t-mobile. That way if some one wanted to switch carriers then you could get them again.

I'll wait til a knock off version of your software comes along and give them my money.
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61 months ago

Once again, Apple's non-American customers miss a feature.


That's what you get for not living in America! USA FTW!!

Just kidding. But seriously, can't really peg this on Apple.
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61 months ago
I have to say, that's pretty smart and creative. Unfortunately that does only work with the American adapters.
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61 months ago
I remember this app. I bought it, used it once, and then deleted it. Whoops.
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61 months ago
I wonder what the audio capture on it's like:

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61 months ago

I think you missed the point. Take time to review, reflect, then post, especially if you are going to be so negative. In this case there is no cash grab and no new software to buy. It was a cute video about how users can keep using their amusing software, even after upgrading to a new iPhone 6 with round edges. It was a small homage to creative thinking.

With a little extrapolation it would be easy do the same thing with a large paperclip, a cleverly folded business card or a styrofoam cup. The adapter isn't the point. The clever physical hack is the point. Just like the original idea of the software was a cute hack of the fact that the iPhone would stand on edge. In closing I gently encourage use of this simple algorithm; think, then post.


I think you miss understood me or I didn't make my point clear. The old software doesn't work on an iPhone 6. For this hack to work you have to put the phone in landscape mode, which the old software doesn't support. That's what I had a problem with, I paid for the previous app that doesn't work on my new phone, which is fine, I don't expect that all software will work on newer hardware, except that the developers have created new software that works and are charging for it instead of just updating the old software. Look on the App Store, there are 2 versions of this software. One for iPhone 5/5S (https://itunes.apple.com/app/id907159478) and one for the iPhone 6 (https://itunes.apple.com/app/id922304974). I didn't have a problem with the adapter, didn't even mention it in my reply.

I did contact the company and they gave me a redeem code for the version since I had already paid. There customer service seems pretty good.
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