cycloramic

First introduced in 2012, Cycloramic has received much acclaim for its ability to capture 360-degree hands-free video using custom vibration patterns in the iPhone 5/5s. The app was even featured on the popular TV show Shark Tank, where it garnered a $500K investment from billionaire Mark Cuban.

But when Apple introduced the iPhone 6, with its slimmer profile and rounded edges, a lot of folks wondered what was going to happen to Cycloramic. After all, without the squared base, how was it going to keep the handset standing upright while spinning? The answer: use its power adapter as a base.

As you can see in the video above, the vibration pattern is strong enough to spin the iPhone 6 while it lays down landscape-style in its included charger. Admittedly it’s a bit hacky, but the solution still allows the device to turn 360-degrees, capturing photos it then stitches together to form a panoramic view.

Unfortunately, this only works with the iPhone 6, and not its larger sibling, the iPhone 6 Plus. The jury is also still out on if placing your phone between the metal prongs of the power adapter will create scratches on the rear casing—and if so, will this method work if the iPhone is in a [thin] protective case?

If you want to check it out for yourself, you can find Cycloramic for the iPhone 6 in the App Store for $1.99. Cycloramic for iPhone 5/5s is still available in the App Store as well, and it too is $1.99.

  • A’s Network

    That sounds really cool. I always wanted to take accessory free 360 degree video!

  • Bangali

    what about us folk in the UK? 🙁

    • Hyr3m

      The shape of the uk plug should allow for the same thing to work (albeit maybe with a small paper tab to account for the larger gap between the phase-neutral pins and the ground pin)…
      I would worry about the rest of europe though…

    • ins0mniac1

      Almost no hope of this working with the chunky rounded Australian plug either :-/

  • Zzyzxd

    Oh my…shouldn’t have deleted it after ordering my iPhone 6!

    • Agru

      Don’t worry, it’s another app

  • Matheus Lisboa

    They forgot that some countries uses different sorts of adapter… I don’t think that this will be possible in my country

  • Will not work in Europa, because we have a different charger…

  • R3D

    So in Europe we suck with the EU plug. 😀

  • Jonathan

    Wow, I’ve never heard of this app. I’ll have to try it.

  • ShawnTXDFW

    What is up with some of the pages on iDB being grey and some aren’t?! Am I the only one noticing this change?

  • RarestName

    It looks more stable too. I wonder if it’ll ever be added to the iPhone 5s version in the future.

  • Nice move to keep the app alive on newer devices. But I think not everybody go around with the charger