A kickstarter project out of Lille, France is getting quite the attention, having already doubled their $150,000 campaign goal in the first days since its creation. Giroptic, which presents itself as the first full HD 360° camera, is shaped like an egg and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, though it is meant for hands-free use, like the GoPro. It has the ability to record & stream video, in addition to its Full HD photos, making it the first product that allows users to make their own street view shots at a retail price of $499.
Like most 360° Image/video records, Giroptic is meant to be viewed on its own video player, though that includes iPad, iPhone, Web- and other interfaces.
Giroptic is the latest French hardware campaign to gain momentum, after Lima’s $1.2 Million campaign last September, as well as iSketchnote, which recently announced the opening of pre-sales for “Slate.” Kolibree, the connected toothbrush, has also successfully completed its crowdfunding campaign with $100,000+ of its $70K goal.
The product is expected to ship by November of this year.
At the Connected Conference next month, we’ll be exploring the role of crowdfunding in connected hardware companies with Indiegogo’s Hardware lead Kate Drane, as well as the greater hardware financing dilemma with Lima co-founder Severin Marcombes, Netatmo founder Fred Potter & Robolution Capital partner Bruno Bonnell.