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Cycloramic figures out how to keep the rounded iPhone 6 spinning for hands-free video


Cycloramic, the app that takes hands-free 360-degree video by using the iPhone’s built-in vibration motors to spin the device, is today arriving for iPhone 6. But with the iPhone 6’s new rounded design (opposed to the flat edges of the iPhone 5 and 5S) the company also had to figure out a way to get it to stand upright on its own.  For that it recommends using the iPhone’s power adaptor that Apple includes in the box, as demoed in the video above released earlier today by the developers.

With the iPhone 6’s rounded edges, it seemed that there was little hope for Cycloramic. However after some trial and error, we realized that Apple had included the solution for us right inside the box.

The app was first released in 2012 and gained attention as the first to use the device’s vibrations for hands-free video and panorama capabilities. It again shot to the top of the App Store charts earlier this year after appearing on ABC’s Shark Tank TV show and receiving a $500k investment.

The new iPhone 6 app is a separate download from the version for iPhone 5/5s and costs $1.99.

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  1. dailycardoodle - 8 years ago

    For everyone in the World who’s American.

    • ericpruss - 8 years ago

      The YouTube annotations make it clear that this works with the UK/EU plugs too. Hell, the huge UK plug could probably handily support a full iPad Air! lol

  2. icatsoftware - 8 years ago

    really? is that what they came up? I deleted the app as soon I got my 6.

    • ericpruss - 8 years ago

      I have to agree. Whilst this is a pretty cool solution, charging yet another $1.99 for the iPhone 6 version of the app and not coming up with something like a small plastic “foot” for the iPhone 6 seems pretty weak. It’s a pretty frivolous app anyhow. I never bought it for that very reason, but a friend did show off how it worked with his 5s.

      • J.Johnson - 8 years ago

        Why come up with a small plastic foot when everyone already has a adapter or 3 around

  3. PMZanetti - 8 years ago

    Neat party trick for $1.99 if nothing else.

  4. superscubasteve - 8 years ago

    What about the 6 plus??!?! – a PHAT phone also needs a little spin ;)

    • rtdunham - 8 years ago

      Is there any reason this wouldn’t work with the 6+?

  5. Alberto Espinal - 8 years ago

    What helps this app too it’s just that the iPhone 6 & 6+ have a stronger vibrator motor!!

  6. EB IPig - 8 years ago


  7. mjmj666 - 8 years ago

    It seems to use only the front facing camera, what about the good one on the back?

    • weakguy - 8 years ago

      I think you can just tilt the other way. You know, laying the front of the phone against the charger instead of the back. That might just work.

      • mjmj666 - 8 years ago

        I bought the app and I don’t see a setting to switch cameras

      • weakguy - 8 years ago

        What!? That’s just stupid…

  8. silas681- - 8 years ago

    Ideal for all those nights out at the bar, loads of pictures of your drunk friends having fun, and a nice picture of the emergency room as they try to remove the power adapter prongs from your thigh! Bloody hell they might bend!


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