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Swivl makes personal robots with a video twist, and the company has just raised a $500,000 round from Grishin Robotics.

Grishin is a global investment company (founded by one of the Mail.ru co-founders) that specifically supports personal robotics.

And Swivl — well, think of it as a Roomba for Facetime or YouTube. It swivels (hence the name) to track a speaker and capture video without the need for a dedicated cameraman. It’s designed with iOS devices in mind, but it works with any smartphone or video camera.

Here’s a demo clip showing the Swivl mount unit and tracker in action:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCVvgBib9iw&w=853&h=480]

Swivl and its new investors see particular opportunity in the education market. “The global educational industry is undergoing huge transforming changes, and robotics plays an increasingly significant role in that process,” said Grishin founder Dmitry Grishin.

“Swivl represents a rare combination of strong technologies, beautiful design, and affordable price-point — exactly the type of product we are looking for. Swivl is very well positioned for disruptive penetration of mass-market educational technologies, taking online education to a new level by dramatically increasing the amount of published, high-quality video content.”

Swivl is located in San Carlos, Calif., and was founded in 2010.

Image credit: Swivl


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