Belkin has a brand-new iPhone stand thats useful enough to be intriguing but irritatingly restricted.
The businesss “Magnetic Phone Mount with Face Tracking” works with the iPhone 12s MagSafe function, clipping your phone into place using the devices built-in magnets. It then utilizes face tracking to follow you around the room, rotating so its constantly facing you.
The catch is that this function does not work with video contacts Zoom, FaceTime, or any other similar service– definitely one of the greatest potential usage cases in a pandemic. The tracking function only works when recording video through Belkins own iOS app. That implies you cant even use the stand to ensure your phone is constantly facing you as you follow along with a workout video in your front space or a dish in your cooking area.
You can track yourself tape-recording video however not viewing it.
Having the ability to tape video that tracks you will absolutely be useful to some people, and Belkin says its iOS app can link directly to social media accounts (including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and others) to make publishing simple. It still means the mount is more of a professional tool than a gadget that could assist more consumers.
Other relevant specifications: the install works in landscape and portrait orientations, can be tilted vertically from -15 to 30 degrees, turns horizontally through 360 degrees, and is powered by 3 AA batteries. And obviously, since it utilizes MagSafe to attach to your phone, it just deals with the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The install will cost $65, but its just listed as “coming soon” on Belkins website.
Update March 31, 2:56 PM ET: Updated the story with confirmation from Belkin that the installs face-tracking feature just works when using the businesss iOS app.