Every iteration of new smartphones are tending to have better cameras - with respect to the pixel count, focal length, exposure systems and so on - however no matter how hard you try it's still difficult to take a decent photo without shaking too much - and the panoramic software can be a nightmare. However if you have the space to try it, and the inclination to make it - check out the following project by Instructables user "hertzgamma".
They've created a simple bracket that can swivel around on two axes whilst holding a smartphone of choice - using two servos controlled by an Arduino. With this it's then quite simple to take panoramic photos or generally fool around with the video capture while moving the phone around, for example:
It's an inexpensive device that could be a lot of fun - and with a little work perhaps it could turn into a bench-mounted random party camera, or track a slow object over time. Either way, visit the project page for complete instructions and some example panoramic example images. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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The package includes a wide variety of parts, sensors and modules including: a servo motor, lights, buttons, switches, sound, sensors, breadboard, wires and more. Furthermore a Freetronics Eleven Arduino-compatible board is included to make this an extensive hobby experimenter, inventor and starter kit.
However we don't leave you alone to figure it all out, included is a great project and instruction booklet, plus access to a supporting web page and software examples. In other words - this is everything you need to get started for a fun range of electronics and Arduino related projects! So to get started or for more information and to order, check out the product page.