Certainly, one of the reason to buy a smartphone is because of its camera.
Thanks to smartphone technology advancement, the way we take photos becoming so much easier. Although it’s hardly to be on par with professional-grade cameras, but is good enough for any stunning shots. The all-in-one feature makes smartphone seems to be function-able and price-wise in overall.
On on hand, those who loves outdoor activities, GoPro is a more suitable to capture your best moment. They’re small, mountable, durable and waterproof, therefore people generally use it on bike, car, skateboard, head, etc. However, at that price point, GoPro is less favourable.
Regardless, neither of those filming shows your professionalism. As most of the professional shot are done by third person, which mean, you will need hire a second person first. But here in BoyGadgets, we overturned the logic.
This is a great robotic cameraman that uses your very own smartphone to track all your great moment.
MOTUS: First Smart Robot Cameraman for Your Phone
Motus is a stationary smart device that equipped with your smartphone for any great shot, as a third person. Along with a wearable tag (and an Anchor unit), Motus smoothly orientates (follows) to your direction within 200 ft range, with auto-focus and auto-zoom, to capture your best moment. It locates you 50x a second and charge your phone at the same time.
Live streaming, tricks shooting or video recording, hands free!
Suitable for outdoor and indoor, Motus tracks and follows your movement within a range of 200ft, or 66m. It uses RF (6.5GHz) signals to locate the item’s metrics delivered from the tag, such as speed, g-force and orientation. Each tag unit is 2.6 x 0.6 x 2.2 inches and weights 2.8 oz. Made of neoprene, it can be worn by filming object and has a battery life of 3 hours. The tag also comes with 6 buttons to trigger the start/stop, capture and to enable slow motion.
The tag built with 5 sensors — accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, altimeter, and a locating IC. The anchor base unit automatically pickup the object with tag, focus and zoom, just like a third person. Even better, with no jerky or vibration shooting. The photos or videos will be saved directly to your phone’s library.
The anchor unit functions to position near the bast unit for triangulation of speed and accuracy.
We are phone users, and knows the struggle. Doubles as a power bank, Motus’s base unit allows charging for your phones as well as the Tag and Anchor unit. With USB-C adapter, It’ll take about 2 hours to charge and has a battery life that lasts for 2.5+ hours of operation.
Smartphone and App
Motus is compatible with iPhone and Android device, and the Motus app will soon be available to download. Via the app, you can choose from various options to optimise your filming experience, such as frame size, movement sensitivity, power option, pickup rider, freeze tilt, tag control and more.
To film at a desirable speed and resolution, Motus app supports your phone’s camera in
- 720P @ 30 or 60 fps
- 1080P @ 30 or 60 fps
- 4K @ 30 fps
- Slow motion
Price and Discount
Motus is now on Kickstarter (link below) and is expected to retail at $499. For this campaign, you can grab one of these at an exceptional 40% discounted price at only $299. Visit the link below to learn more.
- Auto pickup, zoom and focus.
- No shaky vibration — smooth pan and tilt.
- Slow motion and accurate triangulation up to 50x a second.
- Metrics display for speed, orientation, g-force and more.
- Power bank for phones.
- Stationary; in a limited range.
- High price.