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Astro Core adds motion to your time-lapse videos

Motion control isn’t always so easy to achieve with cameras. Camera motion control accessories, after all, tend to be clunky and costly as well.

Astro Core is a motion control and time-lapse trigger for cameras that allows users to easily add motion to time-lapse videos. It can be programmed via an Android and iOS smartphone app using gestures. The Astro App can be used to record the user’s desired motion in mid-air, then send the recorded program to Astro Core and it will precisely mimic that person’s moves. It works with one Astro to create panning or tilting programs, or with two Astros to create simultaneous two-axis motion. It’s small enough to take anywhere, and runs on AA batteries.

Astro Core ships in November at future pricing of $279. But Kickstarter backers can order one with a pledge starting at $209 for early birds. Its makers hope to raise $50,000 by Oct. 15. Astro Core has appeal for at least some photographers. It’s hardly the first camera accessory designed for camera motion control, following devices including Axsy T-Set. But its focus on time-lapse video sets it apart from at least some rival products.