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]

Top Rated Comments

davidsdiego Avatar
122 months ago
I always wondered how they were going to solve this problem. I guess they were thinking inside the box.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AppleP59 Avatar
122 months ago
Once again, Apple's non-American customers miss a feature.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dhuang Avatar
122 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).
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nutmac Avatar
122 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.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gaximus Avatar
122 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.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rdlink Avatar
122 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.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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