- Auto tracking with real-life adjustments
- Cinematic AI
- Deep color fusion
What do you get when you cross a phone mount with an AI-powered magic machine? The Pivo Pod X – an auto tracking phone mount. These previously successful campaigners, Pivo, are ready to kick you in the face with a new invention. Let’s see how it compares to the Tech I Want Score.
Is this a truly new product that you can’t find on the market? Or this a product that defines an entirely new product category. In some cases, the combination of several features into one or the introduction of a new feature to an old product are also considered to be an innovation.
We give the Pivo Pod X a score of 9/10. From our research, the previous version of the Pivo Pod auto-tracking phone mount was an outstanding invention in the smartphone tracking mount market. Now, with an upgrade, we can for sure say it is innovative. Many Kickstarter campaigners try to say “best in the world”, “outstanding”, or “nothing like this exists” and sometimes it’s BS.
But in this case, the Pivo Pod X actually seems to be innovative. Ok, why? We mark it as innovative because, besides just auto-tracking with real-life adjustments and cinematic AI (which is actually done before, it is not original to Pivo Pod x), it has:
- Deep color fusion (which is essentially just color grading with a fancy name, I’ll let this one slip)
- Can track humans, animals, and objects.
- It can stabilize the videos
- You can control it with hand gestures, a remote control, still motion, and action capture.
- The coolest (which the previous version also had): video call and live stream mode.
The main auto tracking phone mount competitors might have an app where you can record video, but the Pivo Pod X is the only so far to allow you to call or live stream. But that is actually a lie.
Pivo Pod is the only one that can live stream and video call within the app, but other cheaper automatic tracking mounts that have a small camera instead of an integrated app can actually achieve this. I tested it myself with a cheap no-brand amazon auto tracker I bought one day and it works. So if you are only looking to make live calls and are ready to sacrifice quality, get a cheaper one.
How much better is it than the competition? Is it faster? Bigger? Cooler? More affordable? There needs to be a solid reason why you should back this project over any other.
So! What are we up against? There are many auto trackers out there ranging from $10 to a couple of hundred dollars. On Amazon, you’ll find a bunch of no-name brands that are selling barely functioning auto trackers.
If you are a content creator, aspiring TikTok star, or know someone who would like to upgrade their Instagram dramatically, to be honest, The Pivo Pod X seems to be the best auto-tracking phone mount for the price. If you cannot wait for the shipping period of the crowdfunding campaign you can purchase their previous version.
But as we really love crowdfunding in Tech I Want, we recommend getting the crowdfunding campaign, simply also from the list of upgraded features the new version has. The price is higher than the average competition, but taking into consideration the features of the product, it is worth the price.
How capable is the team? Have they developed something like this before? Do they have crowdfunding experience? Manufacturing experience? A lot of campaigns fail to deliver their product because they don’t know what they’re doing.
The Pivo Pod X campaign has already raised almost $300,000 in funding with a campaign that is still in progress. Their previous auto-tracking phone mount, the Pivo Pod has 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon which is very high with over 700 reviews. This also means they’re trustworthy.
Often a good way to check if crowdfunding campaigners are reliable is to see what they are doing with their brand and online presence. Luckily, Pivo are great. They’re verified on Facebook with over 80k followers. They post regularly and keep their community active. Now the coolest part is they have 4 Facebook groups where they have members communicate with each other. One is even specifically for horse-riders using Pivo which has almost 30k members.
How transparent are the campaigners? Do they give their backers valuable updates on their progress? Do they engage with their backers? Crowdfunding is all about community, sharing information, and building a meaningful relationship with the people who fund your project.
They are very responsive in these Facebook groups mentioned in the previous section and are always trying to help their customers succeed with their product. The answers on the Kickstarter and Indiegogo pages are also polite and friendly and includes the occasional “:)”
This is an indicator of a good brand, the way they communicate to backers and potential backers. What makes crowdfunding different from e-commerce is that campaigners are expected to foster a community around the backers
Conclusion & Public Opinion
All in all. Pivo, from their first campaign, managed to create a really successful brand with a good online presence. Furthermore, they keep good contact with their backers and help them in their journey. As always in crowdfunding, there will be some initial issues with the products in the beginning and the campaigners is 100% expected to solve these issues. That is exactly what you should expect from any serious crowdfunding campaigner. The product itself is very innovative and competitive. As you see, the price is a bit higher than most, but you get what you pay for in our opinion.