The KickStarter website is successfully raising funds for the release of the Polaris smart tripod head. There are still two weeks until the end of the campaign, but the amount raised has already exceeded $ 2 million.
Polaris is a motorized head with its own power supply and wireless connectivity over Wi-Fi and cellular. With Polaris, you can take automatic panoramas; astrophotography, directing the lens to a given point and automatically tracking the movement of celestial bodies in the sky; Shoot with Super Wide Dynamic Range (Super HDR); Shoot with focus bracketing for later combining for a wide depth of field. You can remotely preview the frame on a mobile device, remotely control photo and video shooting, select exposure settings and transfer the footage.
An interesting feature is the automation of the well-known technique of removing people from pictures. A camera mounted on a tripod takes several shots, after which the Scene Retouching function combines their fragments, so that only static objects remain in the final image
In addition, Polaris will delight fans of timelapse or time-lapse photography, as it can adjust exposure parameters to suit changing lighting conditions.
The minimum contribution to qualify for a head is $ 599. The authors of the project promise to start shipping in July this year.