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Taro is a robot that can operate your camera just like a real cameraman.
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“Sport mode” is a camera feature that’s been around forever, but it still seems like companies can’t get the hang of tracking that doesn’t involve an obnoxious amount of blurriness. Though we could all ride Segways to film fast-moving objects, shouldn’t there be a more efficient way to capture movement?

Enter Taro: a camera stabilizer and auto-tracker that wants to act as your own personal cameraman.

Recently launched on Kickstarter, Taro brings a whole new meaning to “sport mode.” Now you can capture or film yourself playing sports, dancing, skateboarding, etc. — anything you’ve always wanted to film but could never quite figure out how. Just stand in front of Taro for a second and the tracking module (composed of an infrared camera) and a flickering sequential infrared tag will pick up your body’s movements and make sure you’re always in frame. 

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What’s the big deal with infrared, you may ask? Well, the infrared tracking allows Taro’s algorithm to work insanely fast — according to the campaign’s page, they mean fast as in tracking objects going up to 50 MPH. The auto-cut feature automatically detects your speed in order to prevent any unwanted motion, which means less editing for you. 

But what good is an auto-tracker if the camera is jolting around, making the finished product look like a toddler filmed it? The goal for Taro is that the three high-torque motors are able to react quickly to your movements and keep things smooth. Whether you’re shooting with an iPhone or DSLR camera, Taro wants it to give you those high quality feels.

Here’s Taro in action:

As if the auto-tracker and stabilizer weren’t enough, the extra features that come with the device include time-lapse photography, action sequencing, and an assortment of others. Shipping begins in April 2018 — back the campaign and snag the early bird prices starting at $99 here.

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