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All through the latter half of the last century, we thought video chatting would be the bee’s knees. But when our phones and tablets finally allowed it, reality set in: video chat sucks. Unlike the bridge of the Enterprise, video chat shots are almost never perfectly staged. People are out of frame. Angles are all weird. No one is centered. In a video chat, you feel like a guy trapped in a TV, unable so much as to look around.
A new project on Kickstarter, called Galileo wants to change all that. Simply, Galileo is a small robotic platform for your iPhone. Plug the phone in and the platform can pan and tilt your camera to follow a birthday party’s action around the room, or turn to face different clients sitting around a table. The best part is the motion controls are in the hands of the viewer. A simple swipe commands the robot.
The project has raised triple its goal amount, so we should be hearing more about Galileo soon. Raise a hailing frequency, Mr. Sulu.