Cycloramic app spins phones 360 degrees to take panoramas

Summary:The Cycloramic app, available for iPhone 5, takes tripod-quality shots without a tripod -- and makes for a neat party trick.

Cycloramic is one of the most dazzling apps this year, both for making tripod-quality panoramic shots possible without a tripod and for being a cool party trick.

Available for $1 but functional only with the iPhone 5, the app gets your phone to swivel 360 degrees while it takes a panoramic shot.

It sets off the phone's vibrate function at just the right frequencies to get the phone to spin itself around. Just place it right-side up, hit Go, and then let your jaw drop in amazement.

The Cycloramic was also awarded a Pogie by David Pogue, tech columnist for The New York Times; here are all the other tech ideas that won .

In order to work properly, the phone needs to be placed on a shiny surface such as glass, polished wood or laminated wood. See it in action here:

Related on SmartPlanet:

via: The New York Times

photo: screenshot

This post was originally published on

Topics: Innovation

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.