Robot and Swivl Cloud App
4/24/2014 By: Frank Pileiro
www.swivl.com • Retail Price: Swivl Robot + free Swivl Cloud subscription, $299. Optional bundles: Swivl Robot + 1 yr. Basic Swivl
Cloud subscription, $499 or Swivl Robot plus 1 yr. Pro Swivl Cloud subscription, $799.
Swivl is a video learning platform—an inexpensive mobile
accessory, cloud hosting service, and mobile app—that
enables users to capture and share videos from anywhere
at any time. Swivl allows users to utilize a variety of
technology, such as tablets and smartphones, to create
multimedia videos. Users can then share this content on
Swivl’s private and secure video hosting service, where they always
retain the rights to their content.
Quality and Effectiveness: The Swivl Robot/Swivl Cloud platform
is designed to make lesson capture and sharing easy and secure. The
wireless, rechargeable Swivl Robot holds a mobile device (tablet or
phone) to capture video and/or present slides. The robot utilizes your
mobile device’s camera, microphone, and Bluetooth connection to
capture lessons and deliver them wirelessly to the Swivl Cloud, where
they can be managed and shared privately or with designated groups.
Ease of Use: The Swivl Robot, Cloud service, and free Swivl Capture
app (iOS and Android) are very easy to set up and use. Once charged,
you simply slide your mobile device into the cradle (adapters for
different-sized devices are included) and connect the supplied audio
cable to the ports in the robot and your device’s headphone jack.
Remove the marker from its storage/charging compartment, turn it
on, pair via Bluetooth, and you’re ready to start. The marker enables
the robot to follow the instructor, start/stop the recording, capture
audio, and control the slide presentation. You can hold the marker in
your hand or hang it from your neck with the supplied lanyard. The
robotic base can be mounted on a tripod and can also be used with a
digital SLR camera with an optional mount (sold separately).
The settings menu of the app gives you the ability to control the
size of each video and to set the recording time. You can enable the
automatic tilt feature so the robot will follow when you kneel down or
hand the marker to someone who is in a lower position than you, such
as at a desk. You can also see the battery status of both the base and
Creative Use of Technology: The Swivl Robot combined with the Swivl
Cloud platform and app constitutes a very innovative use of robotic
technology that allows instructors to capture lessons for review or flip
the classroom. It only takes a few minutes to get it up and running.
Suitability for Use in a School Environment: The Swivl is
suitable for school environments from elementary to higher
ed. The free Swivl Cloud account limits you to 20 viewers per
video and 200 minutes of footage. So, if you are going to use
this with a larger audience, or want to store a lot of video, it’s
best to budget for the basic or pro accounts. Discounts are available
for yearly subscriptions and for institutions and groups.
• Easy to set up and use out of the box.
• Can combine both video and slide presentations and share in the cloud.
• Gives the instructor the freedom to move around the room while presenting.
The Swivl Robot,
Cloud and Capture
app combines for a
powerful suite of tools
ideal for flipping the
classroom, lesson capture,