Edgee launched Follow, a phone mount that uses facial recognition to keep users in frame when filming. The $29.99 mount includes a ring light and is now available for pre-orders on the company website starting at $29.99 USD. Follow features an LED ring light to ensure high-quality images and video and a double tripod mount on both the top and bottom of the device.
Follow uses an embedded AI chip for fast and accurate facial recognition, the company says. Follow can track movement from 10 cm to 4 meters’ distance. Users simply mount their smartphone and hit record on the phone camera; As the user moves around, Follow continuously registers their face and keeps them perfectly in-frame throughout the recording process, the company claims.
“Follow is perfect for content creation or conference calls,” said Mark Peng, founder, Edgee. “Whether you’re filming an Instagram Live, creating video content for YouTube, or streaming a Zoom call, it creates professional, high-quality footage without needing another person in the room with you.”
Follow’s facial recognition is completely localized to prioritize accuracy and security. The camera and AI chip run independently without connecting to WiFi or Bluetooth. Data is then discarded immediately after processing or if the unit is powered off.
“In today’s world of social distancing, online communication, and a competitive content market, Follow is a perfect tool to make filming yourself more intuitive and streamlined,” said Peng. “It’s like having a mini, socially-distant cameraperson with you.”