This AI-powered device follows you (or your horse) as you create video content

My Pixel Pro 6 attached to the Pivo Pod Active.

Image: Jack Wallen

Over the years I have been sent more gadgets for review than I care to admit. At best, I’d say maybe 50% of these devices delivered as promised, while maybe 25% really impressed me. Because of this, when I was sent another device that promised to make creating video content easier, I was skeptical.

Am I ever wrong.

The device in question is called the Active Pivo Pod, which sells for $139.99. What is the Pivo Pod Active? It’s an AI-powered device that uses an Android or iOS app to track and track your face (or body, depending on how you set it up) while you create video content.

I’ve been skeptical about these devices because I’ve come across quite a few that really didn’t work. Either the device was too large to use, the AI ​​didn’t work as expected, or it was just a complete failure.

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The Pivo Pod Active is none of that. I have never experienced such a product that was not only so easy to use but also accurate. It’s really scary how well this device tracks your movements. Even better, for those who don’t want to install the app on their phone, the Pivo Pod Active comes with a small remote control that can control the movement and speed of the device.

Pivo Pod Active features include:

  • Horse tracking.
  • Body and face tracking.
  • Automatic zoom.
  • Video calls.
  • Create fashions.
  • Built-in rechargeable battery for the base and two CR1632 batteries for the remote control (included).

How Pivo Pod works

How the Pivo Pod works depends on how you plan to use it. For example, if you’re using it without the app, you just need to connect your phone to the device, turn on both the Pivo Pod Active base, and then turn on the remote. Once they’re synced (which happens almost immediately), you can use the remote to move the pod right and left as you move around while recording. The buttons on the remote allow you to:

  • Accelerate the rotation by pressing the up button.
  • Slow down the rotation by pressing the down button.
  • Turn right by pressing the right button.
  • Turn left by pressing the left button.
  • Constant clockwise rotation by pressing the right-pointing double arrows.
  • Constant counter-clockwise rotation by pressing the left-pointing double arrows.
The Pivo Pod Active remote control.

The Pivo Pod Active remote fits in the palm of your hand and is very well designed.

Image: Jack Wallen

For those who don’t want to use a remote control, install the free app (for Android or iOS). Instead of using your Android or iOS camera app, you open the Pivo+ app, allow it to connect to the base, let it find your face, and start recording. The Pivo Pod Active will automatically follow you as you move left and right (or in a full circle around the device).

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The Pivo Pod Active app.

Keep your face inside the circle and Pivo Pod Active will follow you everywhere.

Image: Jack Wallen

How Pivo Pod Active works

Like I said, the Pivo Pod Active far exceeded my expectations. In fact, this little device is as close to true “plug and play” as I’ve ever seen with such technology. Within minutes of unboxing, I had the Pivo Pod Active up and running with the app installed, and the AI ​​was following me around as I created content. It is really impressive.

Who is the ideal Pivo Pod user?

If you’re a content creator, use your phone to record that content, want a little more freedom to move around while you’re filming, and want something incredibly simple to set up and use, the Pivo Pod Active could be the perfect piece of equipment.

The only drawback of Active Pivo Pod is that it can only be used with a telephone. So if you’re using a DSLR, GoPro, or cinema-level camera, you’re out of luck. Not only does the Pivo Pod Active lack the capacity to hold these devices, it also may not have the power to spin a heavier camera.

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But if your phone is your go-to for content, the Pivo Pod Active would be an absolutely brilliant addition to your toolkit. Auto-tracking and auto-zoom are both great, and the hands-free movement you gain for your content is so liberating.

Try the Pivo Pod Active and see if it helps take your content creation to the next level.

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