I’m a sucker for three things: robots, unique iPhone camera accessories and stuff that makes me say, “Whoa!” the first time I see it. The Bluetooth-enabled Galileo robotic motion controller ($149.95) for iPhone is all three.
The Galileo is a really, truly amazing and remarkable concept. Galileo holds your iPhone and lets you control where it points. The crazy part is, it can point in literally any direction: up, down, sideways… it can even grab pictures that capture a full 360 degrees.
There are many applications for this type of a device. Photographers will love the time lapse capability, real-estate agents will love the ability to show off entire rooms and business men and women on the road will appreciate the ability to see what’s going on back home.
And that may be the coolest function in my opinion: the ability to remote-control the device. For instance, I love how you can use an iPad to move the Galileo (and the iPhone it’s holding) around in any direction. It’s a little-bit mind-blowing.
There are a handful of apps that work with the Galileo and offer up various abilities and superpowers. The first step is to download the official Motrr app which will let you know what other apps work with Galileo.
My favorite apps so far include RevoLive Multicam which lets you live video from multiple cameras and supports up to four Galileos, Sphere which lets you take multiple exposure spherical panoramas automatically and Videography which can auto-track faces—great for video when you want to move around.
The engineering of the device is pure genius. The way the upper layer/section of the Galileo (the part that holds your iPhone) pivots and moves around is awesome. When you first get it and you’re holding it, trying to understand how it works, you have serious respect for the minds behind it.
If you’re at all interesting in taking incredible panorama shots, you have to give the Galileo serious consideration. Whether you want to take a keyframe, repeatable pattern approach to panoramas or want to take a more hands-off approach and let an app like TimeLapse do the rest, Galileo makes taking stunning panoramas not only easy but fun.
If you’ve got a spare iPod or an old iPhone hanging around you can easily turn it into a security camera/home monitoring system by mounting it onto a Galileo.
The box tells me that Galileo tranforms the way we communicate with each other and with the world around us and I think that’s going to be very true.
If you’re looking for a unique iPhone camera accessory that’s perfectly suited to time-lapse photos, panoramas and can capture 360 degree spherical shots, or if you’re simply looking for a way to remote control an iPhone from anywhere in the world, Galileo is just what you’re looking for.