Around this time last year, the Swivl iPhone dock launched, allowing users to record videos of themselves with a motion-tracking camera stand. The device, which was created by a startup called Satarii and originally backed through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, is now getting an upgrade. There are now two new versions of the Swivl available for users to check out.
We at TechCrunch TV got a chance to hang out with the Satarii guys and see what they’ve cooked up. The new Swivl devices are designed to work with tablets like the iPad, as well as DSLRs that can be rested on top of the device. And users will get a lot more control, as there will be a Swivl app to enable users to control the platform from other mobile devices.
The two versions of the Swivl will retail for $149 and $229, although the startup has a Kickstarter campaign going now that provides discounts for early adopters of the devices. The white plastic version ($149) comes with a removable cable interface for audio and camera data, Bluetooth & WiFi control, ability to pan 360 degrees and tilt 20 degrees, as well as a mounting kit for iPad or DSLR. The more expensive silver version of the device has all that plus the ability to automatically follow you wherever you go, remote control inputs, and a wireless mic and speaker setup for video conferencing and other tools.
The Satarii team doesn’t believe that it’ll be able to come up with all the interesting applications that the Swivl can be used for, and so they’re offering up an SDK for the device to allow third-party developers to create their own. Check out the video above to learn more about what they’re working on.