Published on June 15th, 2013 | by Greg

Kogeto’s Dot for iPhone 5: 360 Degrees Of Video

Panoramas are great for showcasing landscapes and vistas. But they aren’t enough! Why stop at a fraction of the view, limiting your field to merely a slice or an angle. Instead grab 360 degrees of video thanks to the magic of mirrors and a cute accessory for your iPhone 5.

The Kogeto Dot is a fun lens attachment for your smartphone. Download the free app, called Looker, and you’re all set to capture and share wrap-around views of your world. The accessory itself feels fairly solid and well-designed but is easy to put on or take off of your device. That’s important, since you won’t be leaving it on for long- it doesn’t offer much protection and the giant bulbous lens sticking out means that you can’t easily carry a Dot-clad phone in your pocket. Calibration is simple, and the app loads quickly, and offers plenty of sharing features for most social networks- you can embed to Facebook, Twitter, and others.

The strangest part of the experience is trying to capture good videos- you have to set it down on a table or flat surface, or use your palm, so that the capture is horizontal and truly in all directions. The end effect is an interesting distorted image, similar to a fisheye- we’ve embedded the official video above, which includes some fairly representative samples. Note one major downside- captured videos, called Dotspots, are surprisingly pixelated and look low-resolution and grainy.

The idea is nifty, and the hardware feels well-executed. We might’ve preferred an Olloclip-style or Schneider Optics Pro-type lens that could slide off or screw on, so that we didn’t have to fumble with the case or carrying it around awkwardly. But it’s really only the limitations of the camera, trying to use the same resolution to capture a lot more data, that renders the Kogeto Dot of fairly limited use.

There is plenty of potential for fun with the Kogeto Dot- whether at concerts, events, or even to show off your new apartment. And the price is right- this is a cute video accessory that costs just under $50. Available now, and other versions are available for the iPhone 4 and 4S as well.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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