We really have to ask ourselves if this is really necessary -- but the idea is so novel, I had to include it here. Hunter Research has come up with a concept called gyroCam. This camera app has a killer new feature: it automatically levels photos in real time, while shooting. With gyroCam, users don't need to worry about crooked aim or setting up and taking level shots - the app does it for them. gyroCam brings a true point-and-shoot capability to iOS devices, and makes photography easier and more fun.
gyroCam uses a combination of accelerometer and gyro sensors in camera-equipped iOS devices to frame a level shot from any scene. The app is great for action shots, macro shots, self portraits, scene compositions, and situations where it's hard to line up a level image due to complicated terrain, bad position, poor aim, or lack of time to aim. gyroCam frames a level 4:3 sub-image from the scene, with perfect alignment every time. In addition to its unique gyro capabilities, gyroCam is also a full-featured camera app, offering the following:
- Small, large, burst, and timer shot modes
- Manual tap-to-focus and exposure (iPhone 3GS, 4)
- Focus and exposure activity indicators
- Front camera (iPhone 4, iPod 4) and rear camera
- Flash on/off/auto (iPhone 4)
- 1X, 2X, 4X zoom
- Fast buffered image saves
- HUD on/off options
- Portrait and landscape level reference frames
- Gyro clip, fill, and off modes
Pricing and Availability: gyroCam 1.0.1 sells for for $0.99 on the iTunes App Store, and is available worldwide. The app works on any camera-equipped iOS device with iOS 4.2 or later. This includes the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and 4, and the 4th-generation iPod touch. More information, including screenshots, is available on the Hunter Research and Technology website. Media professionals interested in reviewing gyroCam can request a promotional code to download the app from iTunes at no cost.
Hunter Research and Technology is run by Dr. Craig Hunter, a practicing engineer with 20 years of experience in engineering and software development. Craig received the 2004 NASA Software of the Year Award and a 2004 Apple Design Award (Best Scientific Computing Solution on Mac OS X) for his work in software development. He founded Hunter Research and Technology in 2008 to create innovative and compelling apps that take advantage of the advanced hardware and software capabilities of iOS devices. Copyright 2011 Hunter Research and Technology LLC. All Rights Reserved. iTunes, iPad, iPhone, iPod, and iPod touch are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.