About this project
Anyone who has ever tried to record video with a smart phone or small digital cameras knows it is nearly impossible to avoid shaking or jittering in the picture - no matter how steady we try holding our hands. This becomes obvious too when watching other people's videos we see on TV, Youtube, or social media. They are shaky, shaky, shaky...
The StayblCam solves these issues once and for all..
Unlike traditional stabilizers, the StayblCam does NOT require you to understand counterweight balancing, adjustments of nuts and bolts, or other cumbersome setups that just get in the way. Just whip out the StayblCam, put your phone or camera on it - and shoot.
Best of all? It was designed specifically to work great with cameras like the GoPro Hero, Contour (and other action cameras) - as well as with your iPhone, Samsung, Nokia, LG, or any other smart phone on the market!
- Easy to use with one hand
- Full control of tilt, pan, and angles
- Collapsible and compact for easy storage
- No adjustments of nuts, bolts, or counterbalancing
Measuring in at just 10 inches, the StayblCam is very portable, and fits nicely in your backpack, travel bag, or glove compartment. Traditional stabilizers are often too clunky to carry around.
However - it can also be stretched out so you can shoot video at heights of 3 feet above your head - or as low as 1 inch off the ground!
The StayblCam is very comfortable and easy to use with one hand. No more awkward postures or twisted wrists trying to hold your camera phone at the right angle to get that perfect shot.
You move and control the StayblCam by the gyroscopic grip action handle, using only your thumb and index finger. Your ring finger and pinky can then control your camera angles and motions like this:
The StayblCam even works upside down! Record low-to-the-ground, stable video of moving pets or children with your iPhone, Android phone, or GoPro. This unique design also allows you to do something NO other camera stabilizer on the market can do – that is, you can record stable video at ground or floor level - while you are walking normal, standing up.
Record moving, yet stable video of kids or critters literally millimeters off the ground.
Get creative with the StayblCam, and easily create cool and professional looking "fly-by" shots at all kinds of angles.
In addition to camera phones, the StayblCam can be used with almost any smart phone and compact camera (up to 300 grams = 11 oz, in weight) such as the GoPro and others. Simply detach the smart phone adapter, and mount any lightweight camera fitted with a standard ¼” tripod screw hole.
The firm grip of the StayblCam smart phone adapter (shown here on the right) is another unique design feature that ensures your phone is held tight in place while filming.
No more dropping your phone or camera while you are trying to record video.
The StayblCam is ready to go and compatible the moment you start using it. It's like having a Hollywood-grade steadicam for your GoPro, your iPhone, Android phone - or any other compact camera (as long as it has a universal 1/4" tripod screw).
Although there are already video stabilizers for camcorders and DSLR cameras on the market today – those stabilizers have a few shortcomings in terms of what they can and cannot be used for.
Existing video stabilizers are not ideal for the casual user- or for smart phone video use.
available camera stabilizers are not at all suited for smart phones or
compact video cameras like the GoPro. These stabilizers were designed
for the heavier DSLR cameras or the handheld style camcorders. Not to
mention that they are not that easy to operate for the average consumer.
Most often, users have to spend some time setting a balance point with counterweights, screws, or levers – and they are prone to problems like wind affecting balance. Additionally – existing stabilizers are not exactly compact and handy to bring around. They are often clunky, come in pieces, or can’t be tucked away or taken out for quick use.
Additionally, most stabilizers are often costly for the average user. When the StayblCam goes into production, it will be made available at a very reasonable price that anyone can afford!
Well-known YouTube vloggers April & Justin recently did a mini-review of their first impressions of the StayblCam. Click to see the video;
Chris Pirillo, another renowned tech vlogger and founder of LockerGnome, was also impressed with the StayblCam;
The StayblCam was featured on the popular TV Show HiTech Daily 5 Live in Thailand (BearTai TV). Click the image below to see the segment;
We knew that in order for this product to work with most of the smart phones out there, it needed to be physically compatible with them. That meant:
Coming up with a “one size fits most” design - and - validating that it would work with MANY different phone sizes
Coming up with the right functional design involved some thinking and engineering, drawing and testing.
A LOT of research was done on all the 100 top selling smart phones in recent years, followed by even more testing to make sure the design would fit most measurements.
The first initial prototypes were built out of scrap plastic and hardwood, with quite a bit of trial and error along the way.
The first complete prototype looked rough... but it worked!
So the next step was to improve upon it, and see what manufacturing costs would be if all the parts were made professionally. It was decided to order enough parts to build 20 review units by hand.
We're now ready and eager to bring the StayblCam to the masses! But that means we need YOUR help. With funding from Kickstarter backers, we will put every penny towards mass manufacturing - to make it available for sale everywhere.
If you don't want to back us with your wallet, we would still appreciate if you could help back us by sharing this with your friends, family, or co-workers. Tweet us, share us, and spread the word!
For those of you who want to help fund us - we have put together a nice collection of rewards, so there is something for everyone.
To thank you for your support - we offer a variety of different rewards, depending on the amount of your pledge.
As we mentioned earlier - ALL and ANY help is very much appreciated. Even if it's just a share or tweet to a friend - or an e-mail to someone you know, linking to our Kickstarter. It will all help us spread the word! :-)
Risks and challenges
We are working with a few different manufacturers that each produce some of the different parts. Our goal is to centralize production of the entire unit including packaging, under one roof. But until then, we will need to coordinate the different suppliers - and the various production schedules of those that we must adhere to.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Pretty much all modern cell phones / smart phones will work great with the StayblCam. The exception would be phones that are unusually thick, exceeding more than 18mm thickness (11/16 inches).
Any action camera or compact camera will also work, as long as they have a universal 1/4" tripod mount screw built-in - or if they can be fitted with a tripod mount.
Cameras should not exceed more than 300-350 grams (approx 11 ox) in weight for proper balance.
No. The StayblCam does not rely on anything electrical.
Yes. You can take it scuba diving, white river rafting, storm chasing, or snow boarding.. The StayblCam was designed to withstand all kinds of weather so you can get smooth looking shots no matter what.
You can record video with your phone all the way down to the floor or ground - but also raise the StayblCam upwards up to 2-3 feet (60-90 cm) above your head. The low-glide shots are perfect for recording dogs, cats, or little kids to see the world they see. But if you want a higher view-point (for instance, at a concert or in a large crowd) - bring the StayblCam up over your head to record a view that people around you will envy.
Using the StayblCam gives you the same range of flexibility as your hand and arm. By letting your fingers control the action - you can tilt the StayblCam to pretty much any angle you want. These types of movements are typically not easily accomplished with other, traditional video stabilizers - as they often constrict you to a horizontal view only.
We are very familiar with the challenges of dealing with customs, shipping costs, etc. when sending packages internationally.
Therefore, we will absolutely do what we can to make the international shipments of the StayblCam units as hassle-free as possible for our international pledgers, but please understand that some factors such as customs handling will be out of our control as well. We will try to accomodate the proper labeling on customs slips to avoid problems when our package reaches your country destination.
Other monopods are typically only used as an extension to take photos or videos at a distance away from the body. The StayblCam can do this - but also act as a balancing stabilizer, and can mount smartphones in addition to action cameras
The current version works best with compact cameras, but we will be developing a slightly larger version that will accomodate DSLR cameras. If we reach our initial goal early - we might soon add stretch goals to cover the cost of developing a larger version.
Yes, the smart phone mount / adapter (shown in the videos) is always included. :-)
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