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Cycloramic app spins phones 360 degrees to take panoramas

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Cycloramic is one of the most dazzling apps this year, both for making tripod-quality panoramic shots possible without a tripod and for being a cool party trick.

Available for $1 but functional only with the iPhone 5, the app gets your phone to swivel 360 degrees while it takes a panoramic shot.

It sets off the phone's vibrate function at just the right frequencies to get the phone to spin itself around. Just place it right-side up, hit Go, and then let your jaw drop in amazement.

The Cycloramic was also awarded a Pogie by David Pogue, tech columnist for The New York Times; here are all the other tech ideas that won.

In order to work properly, the phone needs to be placed on a shiny surface such as glass, polished wood or laminated wood. See it in action here:

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via: The New York Times

photo: screenshot

— By on December 29, 2012, 6:10 AM PST

Laura Shin

Features Editor

Laura Shin has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times, and is currently a contributor at Forbes. Previously, she worked at Newsweek, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and LearnVest. She holds degrees from Stanford University and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure