Double Robotics wants its robots to move beyond telepresence into helping filmmakers get that difficult shot.
The company has introduced a camera mount that can be affixed to its Double 1 or Double 2 robots and supports a 360 camera weighing up to five pounds. In effect, the telepresence robot is transformed into a remote-controlled camera dolly. Aimed at independent filmmakers and videographers, this universal 360 camera mount capitalizes on an industry trend around producing more 360-degree videos. The problem, as Double Robotics CEO David Cann explained, is “what you do with the [film] crew and how do you get the moving shot?”
It turned out that filmmakers had already been hacking the robots to meet this need, so it made sense for Double Robotics to move now. You won’t need to buy a new robot to record 360 video — you can use the mount on an existing telepresence robot. In place of an iPad, you’ll be able to mount your camera. Underneath the mount is a place to secure an iPhone (anything larger will impede the shot) that you’ll use to control the robot’s path remotely, using 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth.
The camera mount is being released after the launch of the Double 2, which will be able to stabilize itself to handle the weight of the camera thanks to the inclusion of lateral stability control. Read More…