Cell Phone Accessories
Vyu360 lets you view 360-degree images, video on your smartphone

Capturing and viewing 360-degree video is becoming increasingly popular thanks to a growing number of virtual reality headsets and cameras.

patent-claimedVyu360 is a top-mounted, patent-pending smartphone accessory containing two panoramic lenses that capture 360-degree video and still images. It works in conjunction with Android and iOS smartphones, and uses their front and rear cameras. The accessory is made of elastic plastic housing, with a rigid rear and front lenses mount. A lens adjustment mechanism allows lenses to be aligned into position and work with different configurations.

The accessory has been designed to help prevent glare and other unwanted distortion. Imaging from the smartphone’s front and rear cameras are de-warped and merged into 360-degree media. Vyu360 ships in January at about $79. But Kickstarter backers can get one for a pledge starting at $19.99 for early birds. Its makers hope to raise $30,000 by June 30.

Although there are several 360-degree imaging devices on the market, including the SnapCam360 camera, a plus of Vyu360 is that it allows consumers to use their current smartphones to shoot those images and videos. It’s only compatible with a limited number of Android and iOS smartphones for now, including the iPhone 6 Plus. But Vyu360’s makers say they are open to making it compatible with more smartphones based on consumer suggestions.

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