Motrr, led by the designers behind the Gorillapod™ line of innovative camera tripods, is pleased to announce the Galileo, a revolutionary iOS-controlled robotic iPhone platform with infinite spherical rotation capability. Just swipe your finger on the screen of your iPad or other iOS device and Galileo reacts, orienting your iPhone or iPod Touch accordingly. With applications in areas of photography, cinematography, social networking, and video conferencing, Galileo gives iOS devices endless possibilities of remote-controlled motion. Capable of infinite 360° pan-and-tilt at speeds up to 200° per second in any orientation, Galileo is an invaluable tool to everyone from an amateur photographer to the professional cinematographer, and vastly improves the experience of video chat for anyone needing to stay connected.
“My motivation originally was to make it easier for me to have video chats with my son when I was away on business,” said Motrr designer Josh Guyot. “The lack of control and visibility when you are talking to someone far away makes you feel even farther away and was just so frustrating; Galileo solves that problem.”
While the current versions of the Galileo are controlled solely by another iOS device, Motrr is releasing an SDK (software developers kit) for app developers. With this, developers will be able to integrate Galileo functionality into apps for photography, time lapse, video, face tracking, games, baby monitoring and more, expanding the possibilities for automated tracking and photographic and cinematographic applications.
The Galileo is powered by a rechargeable Lithium polymer battery, and also operates as a charging station for your iPhone or iPod Touch when plugged in. It is mountable on standard tripods. The Galileo weighs 7 ounces, is 2 inches tall, 3 ¼ inches round, and has an MSRP of $129.95. It is available in white, black, and limited edition Kickstarter Green. The product will ship in spring 2012 and is now available for preorder globally via Kickstarter at a discounted price of $85.