Product: iPhone Swivl

I am one of those New Media producers who is without a cameraperson for most of my shoots. Something like the iPhone Swivl might just make things a bit easier. It uses a wearable sensor that allows the base unit to track you around the set.

I need to get one and try it out. I wonder if anyone could hook me up with a demo model. I will agree with the review below that $179 is a bit pricy for this product. I am also concerned that it only uses the, lower resolution, front facing camera of the iPhone when I would rather have it use the 720p rear facing camera. It seems I might be able to use it with my Flip video cameras, though, which would give me 720p. Hmmmmm….

Buy the The iPhone Swivl at the Photojojo Store!

From the PhotoJoJo website…


The Swivl knows who or what you want to film by tracking an easy-to-wear and super compact 3-in-1 sensor. This triple duty gadget acts as a sensor for movement, a microphone for crystal clear audio and a remote for fine-tuned Swivl control.

Simply place the sensor on your actor (your BFF, your pup, an RC Helicopter, even yourself) and watch the Swivl keep up!


Here is a video review from Twit.TV

Product: TASCAM iXZ Mic / Instrument input for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

TASCAM iXZ Mic / Instrument input for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

Want to turn your iPad or iPhone into a portable recording studio, the Tascam iXZ can do just that. This interface allows you to plug in standard XLR connector microphones, guitars or any other audio source and then record them using iPhone and iPad software of your choice. For those more advanced, it also provides Phantom power so you can use high-quality condenser miss, too.

Mat Langley of the Robot Underpants podcast (Content Advisory)  let me know about this device today after he picked one up for his iPad. Mat does a variety of shows and also uses his iPad to join Google+ hangouts and wanted/needed a way to get better audio into his iPad. I have asked for Mat to give us a review of this device sometime in the near future.

New Product: MicW iPhone/iPad Microphones

MicW Professional Microphones

I had 2 separate friends mention these iPhone/iPad compatible microphones in the last several days. Both saw them at the manufacturers display at the MacWorld Expo that was held in San Francisco this week.

Portable devices are now capable of recording high quality audio, but sometimes you want a better mic, or more suitable microphone when out recording in the field.

I haven’t heard the quality of these mics, but my friends and the web site have certainly piqued my interest. I will see if I can get a demo model here at the Careers in New Media office so I can record some audio and share it with you.

For now, here is an audio sample using the i436 mic (picture below) from the company’s web site

Download  i436 Violin Sample


Other samples from MicW web site


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Elsewhere Online: How to get the most out of your iPhone as a reporting tool

Some great advice on using your iPhone for journalism or any new media production, including software and hardware recommendations — Douglas


How to get the most out of your iPhone as a reporting tool

Increasingly, iPhones are becoming acredible, convenient and reliable tool for journalists –both amateur and professional– to use in the field. Mobile reporting was even the topic of a UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism course taught by Jeremy Rue to help journalists learn how to get the most out of reporting from a mobile device.

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360 Panoramic Lens for iPhone – New Kickstarter Project

I came across this new Kickstarter project for a 360 Panoramic Lens that allows you to take 360 interactive video on your iPhone 4. A $50 pledge gets you on of the products if the project gets fully funded.

I could see making use of something like this for my Places LA videos where I try to make viewers feel as if they are actually at the location.

What could you do with a lens like this? Let me know in the comments.