We cover a lot of great crowdfunding campaigns here on techfaster.com. On May 21st we reported on the 360cam from Giroptic.
The 360° cam by Giroptic is the first ultra high definition camera that breaks through the barriers of the frame and captures what’s going on up, down and all around. It does this with an amazing set of technology working together in an incredibly small, portable body.
The 360°cam is also equipped with a GPS sensor, gyroscope, microphones, wifi, microSD, microUSB and more making it both extremely easy to use to shoot with and just as easy to output. You can even mount it to a monopod on top of your car and create your own Google Street View experience, but actually much clearer than Google’s.
Even Evan Rappoport the Product Manager for Google Maps and Photo Sphere realized the value of the 360cam “Creating your own street view of the places you love is fun and easy. In one click with the 360cam anyone can create 360 degree interactive photo spheres and then share them on Google Maps and Google+”
Perhaps that’s why the 360Cam blew past their initial Kickstarter goal of $150,000 in just 24 hours.
“For two years our team was dedicated to inventing a ground-breaking design, most notably a clever 3-lens optical system with on-chip stitching inside the camera,” says Richard Ollier, founder of Giroptic. “The result is a camera that takes in everything with one click; up, down and all around. It doesn’t miss a thing,”
Giroptic reached their $150,000 goal with ease. They’ve also passed their stretch goal of $750,000 which allows the company to further enhance the 360cam. Gizmag reports that they plan to add the ability to switch between 360 degree mode or a single lens mode with higher frame rates.
“We were blown away by the support we’ve received from the [Kickstarter] community in such a short time frame,” Ollier told Gizmag. “The device represents a new era in visual computing, videography and photography. It’s a great story that so many share our vision.”
You can order a 360cam for $329 from their Kickstarter page. Once they go into full production the price goes up to $499.