Pivo Review: Action-Tracking Phone Mount Lets You Take Magical Movies & Photos

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, in January 2019, I got a sneak peak at the Pivo Tracking Photography Mount ($179). The Pivo is a slick automatic phone or camera mount that can rotate via Bluetooth controller. The free companion app allows the mount to automatically track a user by face or action. I was really impressed, and now that the Pivo is real and I've tested a sample unit, I can finally vouch for it. 

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The Face Tracking and Action Tracking are magical. You can set it up on a tripod and have it record you making performing skateboarding tricks or making a newscast while you walk around, and it follows you automatically. The app even allows for several tricks, such as creating a panorama with yourself in the picture, or putting yourself in multiple positions in the same photo!

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You can even trigger taking a selfie by snapping your fingers, striking a pose or literally saying, "Cheese!" Streamers can use Restream.io to live stream on multiple platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch, while leveraging Pivo's tracking capabilities. You can create a timelapse, with rotation included! The Pivo, with the companion app, is really an amazing tool.

Pros

  • Face Tracking and Action Tracking
  • multiple shooting modes
  • For photos, videos and streaming
  • Use as a turntable
  • Option for vertical rotation or to add GoPro Action Cam
  • Adjustable to accommodate a variety of phone thicknesses, even with many cases
  • Works in portrait or landscape mode

Cons

  • Price will go up post-crowdfunding campaign

Final Verdict

If you're interested in the Pivo Tracking Photography Mount, you should snap one up.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.