This project's funding goal was not reached on August 9, 2014.
About this project
Technological innovations in cell phones have advanced enormously over the past 30 years so shouldn’t your smartphone accessories such as the camera stabilizer be the same?
Hando is truly a robot that automatically stabilizes your camera so you can focus on framing the perfect shot.
It incorporates the latest in micro-electromechanical technologies in position sensing, motion sensing, and drive components along with a sophisticated motion controls algorithm to counter minute changes in the hand movement.
Hando At Technology Conference
Click on the pictures to read more about Hando at developers conference.
All this technology in your hand to help you capture great videos using a smartphone or a GoPro even if you're not a pro...
First time shooting skateboard video using Hando, iphone with wide angle lens.
All you need is some imagination. So go ahead and use your smartphone to capture that surprise moment or to tell a compelling story.
Shot using Hando and iphone with wide angle lens
Is It Difficult To Operate?
Hando is versatile and easy to use…there is no calibration and no balancing needed when switching between different camera devices. You simply attach the camera onto the holder and power ON the unit. Hando will keep your camera steady in the roll and pitch axes.
A single trigger button allows you to tilt the camera for a high angle shot of your child playing in the sand or a low angle shot of a friend launching his skateboard off a ramp, all the while the camera is stabilized. It’s really that simple to use!
Video was shot using Hando and iphone.
The one-button control eliminates the need for a toggle switch, a joystick, or more buttons that do not necessarily enhance the user experience but only makes the device more cumbersome to use.
Hando is not a DIY fixture. We didn’t go out and buy standard off-the-shelf components and slap them together. Instead, we wanted to engineer something that is unique, elegant, and adaptable to both a smartphone and a GoPro.
The clean appearance complements high end smartphones and cameras. You won’t see a trace of loose wire dangling from the side nor do you see motor housings obscuring the camera screen.
Industrial plastic has come a long way in both durability as well as strength. Therefore, the structural components in Hando are made of industrial plastics and resins selected for their high strength, color properties, and textures to maximize the overall user experience.
This means that the device is light so it can be used for an extended period of time and small enough to fit inside a typical handbag for easy transportation. We use sealed ball bearings whenever possible to prolong the life and performance…in other words, Hando is built to last.
While its use is simple, the motion controls behind it is not. Hando incorporates a very fast processor to run a sensor fusion algorithm to compute the direction and speed of the hand movements.
An accelerometer and rate gyroscope feed data to the processor at a high rate of speed in order to capture the most minimal changes as well as quick motion in the pitch and roll axes.
Two very fast and responsive motors are used to counteract the unwanted movements, effectively allowing users to shoot amazingly stable footage.
How Did We Get Here?
We have to admit that we use our smartphones more frequently to take videos than our high-end camcorders.
When we saw a problem that we, as well as many people, have with capturing really smooth videos using our smartphones, we solved it the only way engineers know how…by inventing something that we want to use.
Our early ideas were just that…early. The first proof of concept looked a lot like a robot head that pans and tilts using RC servos to drive the camera.
Patent pending drive pan and tilt from earlier concepts.
We experimented with different configurations and machined many Delrin parts.
We have been self funded throughout the development phase but the costs associated with manufacturing this device is quite high due to initial mold cost and fixtures related to calibration of the motion sensors.
Unfortunately, the electronic components used in this device are relatively new and their prices have not gone down significantly. This is the reason why we are reaching out to the kickstarter community to fund this project. The breakdown for non-recurring costs is as follows:
Where Will Hando Be Made?
Note: Pictures shown in this site of the Hando with aluminum brackets for iphone and GoPro. Production brackets will be injection molded plastic, and production Hando may not look exactly like the prototype due to injection molding for scale up manufacturing.
Risks and challenges
There tends to be higher risks associated with products having moving parts such as motors and gears when compared to products such as an iphone case. This is because there are more components to manufacture which introduces more chances for errors. Since we have experience in high volume manufacturing, we can identify potential issues at the front end to allow us time to mitigate high risk components.
First, we separate the device into different modules for manufacturing. 1) The drive units will be manufactured and tested by a company which specializes in motorized gearboxes; 2) the handle and housing are manufactured by a company with extensive experience in making injection molded parts; and 3) the electronics boards (most important!) will be assembled by a local company in the US so we can test and calibrate the sensors prior to final assembly. If there is an issue, we can isolate the problem at the root cause and fix it without delaying production of other components. When we receive parts from our vendors, they will be in a finished, assembled state so we only need to screw the modules together. This manufacturing technique requires very little assembly in the back end.
There are also risks associated with electrical component manufacturing. Labor disputes or natural calamities do happen that may interrupt punctual parts deliveries. However, all of our components are readily available or have a 30 day lead time for delivery. Once the project is funded, we will place the order for components to ensure that we have ample time to react to any interruption.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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