Finally got my new Motrr Galileo today, I signed up for the Kickstarter two years ago.. wow. good things come in small packages and to those with a lot of patience.
Obviously my main interest in the Galileo is panoramas, it can also be used for time-lapse video, and live camera remote operation.
So far the only app doing automated panorama capture is the SPHERE app for the iphone. coool stuff. CLICK THROUGH FOR MORE DETAILS AND SAMPLE PANORAMAS
EDIT May 23 2014 - the latest SPHERE app update, permit using a bracket to put the phone lens in the nodal point, this dramatically improve the panorama quality.. here is my first test nodal-point bracket test..
I have put the NODAL-POINT Galileo mount online on ShapeWays here.... - Click through to ShapeWays -
BELOW is my original review of the Motrr Galileo and Sphere system, in the original version it was not able to create perfect or even acceptable panoramas, the revised software in may 22 2014 manages that with the nodal point mount I designed.
There is issues with the offset of teh camera-lens when stuffing a iphone into the Galileo, as the lens is 3-4 inches to the right of the nodal-point.. anyone who have ever stitched a panorama knows this is a huge problem.. sure thing, the Sphere app can't do a perfectly clean panorama..
So I did a little 3D print, a adapter with the shape of the iphone in the one end and a clip for the iphone on the other end, it stuffs into the Galileo, and now its possible to mount the iphone reverse, with the lens virtually perfectly centered on the nodalpoint.
Here is two samples, the first is shot with the Sphere app, iphone mounted exactly as its supposed to. reaonably good but with some big stitching flaws. ALSO notice how sphere have chosen to blur almost everything down wards, thats because the base of the Galileo gets in the pano..
The second is photographed with the reverse-mounted iphone. lens is now in nodal point (close at least) and notice the big stitching flaws have dissapeared, there are still some real flaws, but overall its pretty presentable. and because the lens is a little higher than nodal, it litterally look OVER the edge of the base, so its possible to get a quite good down angle on the panorama as well. this is a much better camera position.
How did I do that.? well, turns out the SPHERE app will not work when mounted reverse, I think the app use the iphone gyro to "drive" the Galileo, thats cool, but it goes nuts when mounted the wrong way around. so after messing with it a little, I tried instead mounting a iphone running the 360app which will automatically take a shot everytime the phone have moved enough. bingo.. that worked.. I operated the Galileo from my iphone remotely, the phone have to be put on the table somewhere leaning against something to hold it PERFECTLY straight up horisontally.. then it works, Im guessing when it do not get sensor feed-back it defaults to drive step moves instead.. at leasts it worked.
Galileo reverse mount first prototype, I got the lens hole wrong so had to cut it out with a knife, second version is prettier. I also cut some more holes to remove more material to make it cheaper on ShapeWays.
Link to the reverse mount, it works well with the iphone5 and is ok with the 4 but not as good. Reverse iphone mount on ShapeWays
Right now its safe to say.. I would NOT use the Sphere app with the Galileo for a real-estate panorama.. it might work with the 360hack..
If Sphere could make a option for reverse mount in the software it might be a really nice solution for people needing reasonable nice panoramas quickly. email sphere and ask them to support the cause. ;-)