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Picbot: an automated, motorized picture and video bot

I ordered a Picbot for myself and thought you’d be interested in finding out about them too. The details are below. It’s a fun little gadget that should make smartphone video and photography easier and also a little more professional-looking. I for one am looking forward to recording video using the facial tracking feature.

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The Picbot was created to help you bring your smartphone photography and videography to the next level. The advancement of the photography hardware on smartphones has steadily been improved from picture quality to control of the shutters. The Picbot will help you utilize these improvements by capturing the moment. It will be used as an alternative to selfie sticks and other mainstream products for the smartphone recording landscape.

Picbot is a motorized mount that is controlled by the software when connected to Picbot’s App on a smartphone. This allows you to access many great functions to create using your smartphones camera.

Picbot is a solution to creating steady timelapse. The Auto Tracking and Facial Tracking technology eliminates the need to be static when recording videos which brings a new dimension while being hands-free. The interaction is more natural when engaging with the smartphones when recording. There is no need for a camera controller, just yourself and what you are trying to create.

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Self Rotating Facial Tracking – The Picbot Rotates To Center The Subject In Frame While Video Recording Or Taking Photos

Picbot will center the frame on the subject. You can track up to three faces at the same time. Then will automatically take photos or videos.

With Video, the Picbot will track and adjust to center the frame on a moving subject while live filming and can rotate a track a full 360 degrees.

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Capture The Perfect Panorama

After centering the frame, the Picbot will automatically initiate the panorama photo sequence. Capture your surroundings just by setting up the Picbot and jumping into frame. The Picbot does the rest.

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Automated Motor – Capable Of Full Rotation In Either Direction

The Picbot can continuously rotate 360 degrees in either direction. With smooth rotation, you can use automated or manual settings to capture in all directions with steady recordings.

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Use Your Mobile Phones To Create Gorgeous Timelapses

Use the Picbot to create timelapse using preset options or adjusted settings. Set the type of scenery, timing, and degree of rotation.

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Still Motion Capture – When In Frame, Hold Pose and Picbot Will Automatically Countdown For Your Snapshot

When the subject is in frame and still, the Picbot will automatically initiate a countdown timer to snap the photo or start a video. Capturing self and group photos while being in frame could never be easier. Without setting the timer, just jump into frame and pose, the Picbot helps snap away!

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1/4 Inch Thread Standard Mount For Tripods and Stands

Attach your Picbot to standard 1/4″ mounts, adapters or stands.

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Bluetooth Controller

Pair the included bluetooth controller when you want to take manual control instead of the automated settings. You can spin, adjust the zoom, initiate video and photos with the controller.

Edit Your Pictures with Built In Filters and Features

Enhance your photos without ever leaving the app adding your own personal touch.

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iOgrapher filmmaking gear

iOgrapher makes affordable and useful cases and lenses for mobile filmmaking. They’re purpose-built for all iPad and iPhone models, making it easy to create handheld videos for your projects. I have one for my iPad Air and I love it.

Here is their case line-up:

And here is their lens line-up:

All their cases have a tripod mount on the bottom and two or three light or microphone mounts on top. I promise you’ll have fun using their stuff, so what are you waiting for? Go get yourself a case!

Leica M RangeFinder Camera

The Leica M RangeFinder digital camera has a 24 megapixel full-frame sensor, a splashproof camera body, legendary image quality, records full HD video and has an incredible heritage that guarantees its performance.

The new Leica M is the most innovative and versatile M-Camera that the modern M-System has ever created. It unites decades of experience in rangefinder technology with groundbreaking digital technologies: It features a completely newly developed high-resolution full-format CMOS sensor that, in combination with its high-performance processor and the legendary M-Lenses; delivers outstanding imaging results. With Live View, video, and new additional focusing methods, it is also the M for photographers who do not wish to miss out on any of what modern digital technology has to offer.

Buy it here: Leica 10771 M 24MP RangeFinder Camera with 3-Inch TFT LCD Screen – Body Only (Silver/Black)

Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

I’ve liked these little cameras ever since I got my first ELPH, which ran on APS film, back in 1997. These days, they’re digital, they have a 16 megapixel sensor, the back is made up of a large screen where you can view the photos, they record full HD video and they have built-in WiFi for easy sharing. Cool stuff!

  • 16.1 effective megapixel, 1/2.3-inch high-sensitivity CMOS sensor
  • 3.2-inch TFT touch panel PureColor LCD with wide viewing angle
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • Built-in Wi-Fi allows wireless sharing of images and video
  • 24mm wide-angle lens (5x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom and 20x combined zoom) with optical image stabilizer
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for wireless file sharing through Canon iMAGE GATEWAY on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or other devices.
  • Ultra-slim design, 5x Optical Zoom, 24mm Wide-Angle lens
  • Canon HS SYSTEM with a 16.1 MP High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 3.2-inch wide touch panel Pure Color System LCD with Touch Shutter for interactive shooting
  • Improved Smart AUTO with 58 predefined shoting situations and new FACE ID

Buy it here: Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS 16.1 MP Wi-Fi Enabled CMOS Digital Camera with 5x Zoom 24mm Wide-Angle Lens with 1080p Full HD Video and 3.2-Inch Touch Panel LCD (Black)

IWC Portuguese Rose Gold Chronograph IW371480

I love the design of the Portuguese watches from IWC and this chronograph is exquisite.

  • Model IW371480
  • Swiss-made caliber 79350 automatic movement
  • 40.9mm 18k rose gold case
  • 18k rose gold bezel
  • Silver dial with gold-tone hands and hour markers
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Minute markers around the outer rim
  • Two sub-dials: 60 seconds and 30 minutes
  • Functions include hours and minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock with stop function
  • Brown alligator leather strap with 18k rose gold deployant clasp
  • Power reserve of 44 hours
  • Water resistant to 3ATM (30m or 100 feet)

Buy it here: Mens IWC Watch Portuguese Rose Gold Chronograph IW371480 or from The Watch Gallery