Building An Automatic iPhone Panorama Maker

Oct 18, 2012

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Building An Automatic iPhone Panorama Maker

Oct 18, 2012

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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While getting a good panoramic image got a whole lot easier with iOS6, there is still the issue of getting the phone to move the right way to achieve a perfect panorama.

Building An Automatic iPhone Panorama Maker

Ilya Titov solved that by building a stepper based rotor motor that also controls the iPhone via the headphone socket. (kinda like Triggertrap only reversed). The bracket takes a set of 16 images to create a cylindrical panorama, but doing three sequences: Sky + Horizon + Earth can result in a full spherical panorama.

The resulting images are fed into pano2vr to create a seamless HTML5 or flash panorama that can zoom, tilt and pan.

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The instructions (which involve salvaging a stepper motor from a printer, and programing a micro controller) and a sample panorama can be found here.

[DIY Panoramic Bracket for iPhone]

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