When it comes to time-lapse photography, there are a great number of items available for you to do just that. In fact you can head over to B&H Photo to really see just how many options there are. Most are fairly simple to use and come with some sort of remote allowing you to set the path and duration of your pass. Some are intuitive, others aren't as simple between setting keyframes, setting durations, or in some extreme examples, using a different module for each axis and having to program each independently in order to achieve a multi-dimensional movement. How much simpler would it be though if you could draw your intended path for your time-lapse and have it up and running in a matter of a minute or two?
That's where the Astro Core comes in. This Kickstarter, marketed as individual hockey puck looking devices that will serve as individual axis of movement including, pan, tilt, and slide (linear) movements, is able to be programmed, all from the ease of your smartphone via Bluetooth connection. With that connection you're able to program multiple cores together to sync and create simple or complex movements. The way you program them is by opening the menu and entering your own starting and ending values as well as durations and shutter rate and plot your course out manually. Or, you can draw your desired path with the use of the Gesture option. By utilizing the motion and gyro sensors already built into modern smartphones, with the app you're able to set your own path just by moving your phone across the landscape and hitting "Start."
Venturing over to the Kickstarter website you'll see they have actually reached their goal and are set to start sending out models by November of this year. Additionally, instead of running on an internal rechargeable battery, the system runs on AA batteries, meaning you don't have to worry about losing a charge and having to find a plug before you can get back on a roll. Is this something you would see as being a valuable tool? Head over to the Kickstarter site for more information and an in-depth video on the use of the Astro Core system.