Shooting 360 panoramic photos is a difficult endeavor, especially if you don’t want to spend a lot of dough for a specialized gadget like Samsung’s Gear 360 or LG’s 360 Cam. Sure, you can try the stock 360 panorama app to try and upload your stuff to Facebook, but your shaky hands is no match for automated shooting tools. That’s why the folks behind I Am Cardboard (specifically pinoy designer Joseph Li) have developed the Orbit 360, a cheaper (and better) way to take 360 photos using your phone.
In a nutshell, the Orbit 360 is a motorized, Bluetooth controlled base that rotates 360 degrees to take that perfect virtual panorama everytime. Not only that – the Orbit 360 can also take images in several axes, up and down as well as left and right. It works with both iOS and Android, can be fitted to a regular tripod AND can work with phones from 4 to 6 inches in size.
Along with the Orbit 360, the I Am Cardboard team also made a nifty 360 photo app that stiches the photos taken by the Orbit 360 dubbed DSCVR. It’s an all-in-one app that captures and edits 360 content taken by the Orbit 360, and allows you to quickly and easily share it to the social networks that matter to you.
To make it easier for you to enjoy the photo content that you’re bound to take with Orbit 360, I Am Cardboard also developed two new nifty VR headsets – the Flip 360 and the Pocket 360. These two new viewers are small, unobtrusive yet fully functional VR viewers that won’t cost an arm or a leg.
The Flip 360 is a cool iPhone case that transforms into a VR viewer with a quick push of a button and folds neatly when not in use. The Pocket 360 meanwhile, is a compact viewer that can be used with virtually any phone and folds down neatly when not in use. Both viewers retail for less than $30 USD (or around 1.3K).
The Orbit 360 is now on Kickstarter, with a price of $90. The Flip 360 is priced at $25 while the Pocket 360 is at $10.