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Swiss skier Nicolas Vuignier. (Via

One of the more viral videos of the new year now has a making-of video that showcases the technical expertise that went into pulling it off. And Swiss skier Nicolas Vuignier, who filmed himself skiing while swinging an iPhone over his head, has a market-ready product in the making and available for pre-order.

Vuignier’s original video has 3.5 million views on YouTube, and the freestyle skier said in an email pitching his latest video that positive feedback led him to share how he did it all. “I took quick steps to bring my filming technique to a broader creative community by open-sourcing my work on GitHub.”

A new website is dedicated to the custom rig — or Centriphone — that held Vuignier’s iPhone 6 during the 2-and-a-half-minute video he released in early February.

Monday’s making-of video shows some of the inspiration that went into Vuignier’s desire to capture a 360-degree view of himself skiing. There are video clips of professional figure skaters, kids on merry go rounds and even Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet spinning and dancing in “Titanic.”

Nicolas VuignierFor all the skills Vuignier obviously possesses on the ski slopes, he’s also quite the inventor, entrepreneur and video editor. And he’s got help from a small team, who he introduces on his website.

Nicolas VuignierBecause not everyone has a 3-D printer, the website points out, downloading files and DIY plans isn’t widely possible. So, Vuignier is offering pre-orders on Centriphone, for iPhone 6/6s, and Centripro, for GoPro cameras. Design of the latter is still in the works.

Before ski season ends wherever you live, watch Vuignier’s latest video and visit the Centriphone site to learn more.

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