December 7, 2017
We’re grateful for the response we’ve received from all our backers, and encourage other videographers and filmmakers to check out our ‘automated camera mate’ while it can still be purchased at a discount during our last two weeks of crowdfunding.
LOS ANGELES December 07, 2017
Taro, the hands-free tracking stabilizer for smartphones and DSLR cameras that combines infrared technology and artificial Intelligence (AI) to follow the action and keep it in-frame, has raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter.
“We’re grateful for the response and support we’ve received from all our backers on Kickstarter, and encourage other videographers and filmmakers to check out our ‘automated camera mate’ while it can still be purchased at a discount during our last two weeks of crowdfunding,” said Taro founder, Hao Qian.
In developing Taro, Qian’s team essentially designed a robot that operates a camera just like a real cameraman can. With its blazingly-fast infrared tracking algorithm that performs 30 calculations per second, Taro can track objects moving as fast as 50 miles per hour.
The secret to Taro’s tracking system lies in the combination of a flickering sequential infrared tag and tracking module that contains an infrared camera – both working in tandem to rapidly identify which part of the frame is integral to a dynamic action sequence.
“Taro can instantaneously establish the intended object's approximate location,” he said. “Taro also has a powerful learning algorithm that immediately eliminates sub-optimal positioning, precisely pinpointing the object’s exact location – which results in the perfect balance between efficiency and accuracy.”
The Taro Team got the inspiration for the device from a skateboarder when he was explaining the difficulty he was having while trying to capture footage of the fast-moving sport.
“When filming fast-moving sports activities like skateboarding, it’s often necessary to capture an object when we ourselves are also moving at high speed, so it can be a real challenge to simultaneously pay attention to both our own movements and the screen…which often leads to an object being out of frame,” Qian said. “With Taro’s Dynamic Tracking, and our auto-tracking technology, camera operators are ensured the target is always in frame - and without having to focus on their screen, either.”
Taro also incorporates a stabilizer that uses motors to neutralize camera-shake, and is equipped with three ultra-high torque, brushless motors which react much faster than any other products on the market today, which guarantees the user has a radically smoother shooting experience.
Other features include action sequencing, following titles, auto-cuts, filters, and time-lapse photography and “all kinds of goodies and cool effects” – with lots more in the pipeline.
“Taro is truly a breakthrough product that automatically rotates and tracks your target, making it possible to free up your hands and put yourself squarely in the frame to accurately capture all the action…and effortlessly,” Qian said.
The Taro smartphone ($199) and DSLR ($599) kits are now available as well its tracking module ($99), which can be used with existing Bluetooth stabilizers and updated with Taro’s auto-tracking technology.
To pre-purchase Taro at early-bird crowdfunding discounts during crowdfunding, visit the Taro Campaign Page on Kickstarter.
About Taro Technology Inc.
Located in Los Angeles, Calif., Taro Technology is made up of a group of software developers who have focused on App development for seven years, successfully developed 12 Apps and accumulated more than 11 million users. The company has worked with the world’s major class suppliers who serve companies including Samsung, Apple, DJI and many other world-famous brands. For more information, visit TARO.ai.
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