Rylo, the 360 camera that became famous almost overnight for its stabilization, was also at CES 2018. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to interview Rylo’s founders Chris Cunningham and Alex Karpenko and they revealed a secret feature that makes a major improvement to Rylo!
RYLO’S SECRET FEATURE
When I reviewed the Rylo, I was amazed at its image stabilization, hyperlapse, and FrontBack feature. However, one of the biggest weaknesses I found was that it had no wireless control and that there were no adjustments (such as exposure compensation). At CES 2018, I had the chance to interview Chris and Alex and I commended them for Rylo’s excellent stabilization but also mentioned my concerns to them. They said I wasn’t the only one who had made those observations. But they revealed that Rylo actually has a secret feature that addresses these issues: wireless Bluetooth control.
Yes — apparently Rylo DOES have a built-in wireless Bluetooth control. That is HUGE. Not only will users be able to control the Rylo wirelessly but in addition, it also addresses the lack of a self-timer. The current firmware doesn’t have a self-timer, so all photos from the Rylo end up as selfies (with the shooter in the shot). In my review, I pointed out that this made the Rylo unsuitable for virtual tours and other types of 360 photos. With wireless control we’ll ls, be able to take photos with the Rylo without being in the shot, making it possible to use it not just for videos but also for virtual tours and other 360 types of photos.
According to Chris and Alex, the Bluetooth would work with smartphones. In that regard, I asked them to consider making it possible to use it with a generic bluetooth remote as well so that it wouldn’t require a smartphone to use.
Bluetooth capability also gives Rylo the potential to add exposure controls. The only issue is that Chris and Alex were concerned that it would become too complicated for their users. What do you think? Would exposure controls make the Rylo too complicated? Let me know in the comments!
BTW Chris said the Bluetooth capability will be added “soon” (IIRC Jan or Feb).
RYLO ADVENTURE CASE BACK IN STOCK
The other news from Chris and Alex is that the adventure case is back in stock! The adventure case is a dedicated waterproof housing for the Rylo. Not only is it useful for underwater shots, but also for protecting the Rylo from drops. At $499 ($425 with my discount code), the Rylo is by no means cheap. And all 360 cameras, including the Rylo, have lenses that must be cared or because fingerprints and scratches WILL affect your shot (unlike other types of lenses). So the adventure case is like insurance for the Rylo.
The other cool thing about the Adventure Case is that it doesn’t add any glare to to the Rylo and it allows full control of the Rylo, so you CAN use it all the time. The only disadvantage it has compared to the Everyday Case is that it doesn’t have a hole for the Micro USB port (for obvious reasons).
Because the Adventure Case is so useful, it went out of stock very quickly. But Chris and Alex told me they would be back in stock and true to their word, my pending order for my second Adventure Case indeed shipped a couple of days ago.
If you want to get an Adventure Case, the good news is that you can buy them from me at a discount! Normally, the Adventure Case is $69 plus shipping and taxes. You can buy it from me for $50 + $5 for shipping. This is a brand new, shrink-wrapped Adventure Case with retail packaging, shipped to you directly from Rylo. This is not an off-brand clone or anything. To get this discount, just let me know you want to order one (via email or Facebook page message) and send me $55 to creadvty AT gmail using paypal or Google Wallet. Please note this is ONLY FOR US ADDRESSES at this time until Rylo starts shipping to other countries.