Back when we originally covered the Swivl, then just out of IndieGoGo purgatory and announcing as a real product, we promised you a closer look at this iPhone mount. Well we got a chance to get a live demo last night and it turns out the thing works just as well as described.
The Swivl is a mount for your iPhone that allows you to shoot hands-free video or make Facetime calls without having to stay fixed in one place. The unit is motorized and mounted on a tilting and swiveling base. It tracks a remote unit that can be held or clipped to your clothing to keep you in the frame at all times.
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If this sounds like something that shouldn’t work all that well in reality, you’re thinking what I was when I first saw the fundraising project. But it turns out that it actually tracks nearly spot on with only the slightest left-to-right lag.
The remote allows you to move freely left-to-right and has a mode switch to allow you to pitch it up and down if you need it to. It also functions as a wireless remote that allows you to shoot still pictures if you wish, turning the Swivl into a motorized tripod of sorts.
The remote also has a built-in microphone for crystal clear voice recording and transmission.
The Swivl looks really polished, with a clean and purposeful design and a feature-set that delivers on its early promises well. If you think that you have a need for a device like this, you shouldn’t be disappointed.
The Swivl hits the market later this quarter for $159.