Part awesome party-trick, part brilliant idea, the new Cycloramic app from Egos Ventures is about the coolest thing you can get for one dollar on the iTunes app store at the moment. The app — which will only work with the iPhone 5 — triggers your phone’s vibration at the exact right frequency to make it spin around in a perfect circle. Just stand your phone up, hit go, and keep an eye on your friend’s faces (several reviewers called the reactions “priceless”).
360-degree panoramas are certainly nothing new, and neither is the ability to take them using an iPhone. But being able to rotate your phone on any smooth, flat surface without any external hardware is pretty awesome. Since it came out one week ago, the app has already received the New York Times’ Pogie Award (Brightest Ideas of 2012) and has become quite the media darling for tech publications on the lookout for fresh ideas.
Here’s a video showing the app and its vibration-based rotation in action:
For now the app is designed to take panoramic video, but the idea is solid and, we gather, would work really well at taking 360-degree panoramic photos as well — so bring on the software update. For more details or to snag your own copy, you can check out the app for yourself over on the iTunes store.
(via John Nack)