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Sybrillo brings smarts, stability to GoPro

The small size of the GoPro has made it the perfect video camera to use for capturing action sports and other fast-moving activities. But its tiny size also makes it somewhat difficult to hold the camera steady and control it to perform professional-type actions including panning and tilting.

Sybrillo is a versatile, waterproof GoPro mount that makes it easier for users of the action camera to program it to pan, tilt and perform other functions typical of pro video cameras. Its gimbal provides the GoPro with gyroscopic stability. A Sybrillo app for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets enables users to control the camera remotely via Bluetooth. Sybrillo also provides recording capabilities for virtual reality (VR). Users can put their smartphone in a VR headset or Google cardboard and Sybrillo will follow the user’s every move.

On Sybrillo’s base are three GoPro-compatible mounts for a chest harness, grip or pole. It also features a ¼-inch tripod mount and comes with a ¼-inch tripod-to-GoPro connector. It’s also waterproof and can withstand immersion in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes, although small modifications are still being made to the camera’s housing to allow for it. Several other features are still being finalized, including live streaming the camera’s pictures into the companion app. Sybrillo ships in March at future pricing of $400. But Kickstarter backers can get it for a pledge starting at $179 for super early birds. Its makers are out to raise $50,000 by June 9.

Despite several strong features, Sybrillo can’t be labeled a sure thing because there are just so many similar products on the market, including Infinity Arm. It’s also only compatible with GoPro Hero 3, 3+, 4 and 4 Session, although compatibility with future models is promised.

Jeff Berman is a Long Island-based freelance reporter, who has also contributed stories to publications including TheStreet and the consumer electronics magazines Dealerscope and TWICE. He previously worked as a senior editor and deputy managing editor of the trade newsletter Consumer Electronics Daily, published by Warren Communications News.