The Sundance Institute co-founder Sterling Van Wagenen was on hand to
celebrate Jigabot's unveiling of its AIMe robotic camera auto-framing
system to filmmakers attending the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
"AIMe is the star of the Sundance Film Festival 2014," said Mr. Van
Wagenen. "For the past 30 years, the Sundance Film Festival has been
home to artists with interesting stories to tell. And Jigabot's AIMe
makes it even easier for independent filmmakers to craft their stories
on a small budget - which is perfectly in line with the spirit of
AIMe uses patent-pending technology to provide a hands-free way of
keeping a subject perfectly framed within a video.
"It is exciting for Jigabot to unveil AIMe to filmmakers at the
prestigious Sundance Film Festival," said Rick Stout, co-founder and CEO
of Jigabot. "Our company was founded by professional filmmakers with a
passion for art and technology. And we know that AIMe will help everyone
- from amateurs to professionals - nail those difficult but amazing
shots each and every time."
AIMe can be mounted with both smartphones and digital cameras weighing
less than 12 ounces, including the highly popular GoPro camera. By
synching with EmIT, a wearable and mountable sensor that attaches to any
subject - and which can e hidden within wardrobe - AIMe tracks, pans
and tilts the camera in response to the subject's movements.
"This is totally liberating to independent filmmakers," continued Stout.
"A director can shoot and direct at the same time. Or a cinematographer
can find amazing angles and be certain that the subject will remain in
A filmmaker who wants to do a multi-camera shoot - but lacks the
personnel to man each camera, microphone, or light - can pair a single
sensor, attached to the talent, with multiple AIMe devices. Those same
AIMe devices can then be mounted to small cameras, lights, or
directional boom mics. Each AIMe can then follow the talent, capturing
video and sound, or providing a perfect rim light, for example.
"In essence, for the first time ever, independent filmmakers will now
have the ability to shoot a scene without a crew for operating small
cameras, microphones, or lights," said Jigabot co-founder Donna Root.
"AIMe points your camera, so you can be in the moment. AIMe is the only
such device that will work indoors or outdoors and is also small enough
to fit within your pocket."
AIMe is light enough to be suspended from the end of a boom pole. Future
iterations of AIMe will accommodate DSLRs and high-end production
cameras, and provide configurable framing settings such as "leading the
action," "following the action," and "positioning a face" within a
particular portion of the frame.
Jigabot officially launched AIMe earlier this year at the International
Consumer Electronics Show, where the device was named to Videomaker's
"Best of CES 2014" list and won the publication's "Most Innovative
Product Award." In a preview of the international trade show published
by Fast Company, AIMe was also recognized as one of the top five robots
at CES 2014. Last year Jigabot also won Grow America's "Top Startup
Company" and "Crowd Favorite" awards.
Pricing and Availability
AIMe, packaged with an EmIT sensor, will be available at www.jigabot.com
for $299 in June, 2014.
Jigabot, LLC develops software-driven robotic devices for home, work and
play. Jigabot's flagship product AIMe is a robotic camera auto-framing
system for smartphones and cameras that automatically tracks a moving
subject in real time. Founded in 2012, Jigabot is headquartered in
Highland, Utah. For more information, visit http://jigabot.com/.
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