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Kickstarter project aims to bring time-lapse photography to smartphones

  • Spinpod, a time lapse photo device. Photo courtesy: AFP RELAXNEWS/ © 2013 Kickstarter, Inc

(Relaxnews) - 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.

Spinpod is a circular device with a depth of only 18mm (0.7 inches) and a weight of 92 grams (3.3 ounces).

Smartphones including the iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPod touch and most Android phones can be docked with Spinpod. Users then select either "panoramic mode" or "time-lapse mode." While the former utilizes the phone's camera and rotates so as to create a series of seamless panoramic shots, the latter, also using the phone's camera, creates a series of time-lapse images taken over a variety of time intervals as selected by the user. The time-lapse feature can also be used with video.

Spinpod also contains 5, 10 and 15 second timer options for self-portraits and even doubles up as a music dock.

In their Kickstarter pitch, Aharoni and Chen state, "Our goal was to develop a device that was intuitive to use and affordable on almost any budget. Due to its small size and durability it can easily be taken everywhere including camping, hiking, to parties, or the beach."

The Kickstarter project runs until July 1 and needs to raise $75,000. As of June 6, 393 backers have pledged a total of $31,600. The minimum backing is $1 and more information about the project can be found at: kickstarter.com/projects/665986460/spinpod-seamless-panoramic-and-motion-time-lapse-p

Last year another Kickstarter project that aimed to create a device that enabled camera users to take time-lapse photos, Radian, reached its goal. Read more about Radian: kickstarter.com/projects/207087339/radian-a-motion-time-lapse-device-for-everyone

Watch a video of the Spinpod time-lapse effect in action: youtube.com/watch?feature=&v=jF-VrbVx3e0

Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS), 2013.

 

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