"First Look at the Swivl"
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First Look at the Swivl
Speaker 1: I'm Paul Sloan with CNET.
We're here at CES and I'm talking to Brian Lam the founder of Swivel.
Swivel makes this incredible sort of robot camera.
Tell us what it does.
Speaker 2: Well it's a personal cameraman in a mobile accessory.
What it does, is it makes it very easy for you to video yourself without the camera person there and what we found is that the camera person makes people nervous when they're on camera right?
They start flubbing lines or if they're swinging a golf club they miss the ball.
So this gives them a way to capture video without the normal emotions associated with it.
Speaker 1: And show me, I mean, what are the features?
How does it work?
Speaker 2: Yeah so it's got a panning functionality that's constantly moving.
Basically you can forget about it and it follows you around.
You can also frame your self vertically, so you can see that if you're short or tall you can get your video.
remote controls, so record, start, stop, still pictures as well as audio and brings with microphone.
Speaker 1: So totally cool.
What's the use case?
Who needs it?
Speaker 2: Biggest response we got was Youtubers on...
you know doing daily Vlogs, putting out content on a regular basis but then we got a huge response from people in education, real estate...
people doing video chat on a regular basis particularly if you're multi tasking.
If you're making dinner, you wanna video chat, now you just (turn this on?) and you walk around the kitchen and now you can actually have a nice conversation and video chat.
There's a lot of really cool mainstream uses for it.
Speaker 1: When's it available and how much does it cost?
Speaker 2: ...Available in the next couple of months and it's a $159.
You can reserve one on our site right now and when we first ship of course we'll be starting to take credit cards at that point.
Speaker 1: Thanks so much.
Speaker 2: Yeah thank you.
Speaker 1: I'm Paul Sloan with CNET here at CES.
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