A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
App and computer controlled + via USB or wireless via Bluetooth
+ very precise and easy programmable positioning
+ very high speed range
Significantly less expensive than any comparable competition with the range of functions + less than half of the cost of any other comparable numeric controlled slider
Battery + portable
Can drive in inclined position despite heavy loads
Continuous and step movement + Time-lapses in shoot-move-shoot-mode, + The AppSlider stops briefly in this mode for each photo and automatically triggers the camera, so that the captured image is as sharp as possible + An additionally delay before and after the image-capture can be setted
High compatibility in all aspects + different camera manufacturers + various tripods, even tripods with different thread types
Can be used with professional cameras, GoPros or smartphones
Easily expandable for more features + the electronics are designed to control up to four axes
The AppSilder is a professional, robust and easy-to-use electrical Slider. It can be controlled via USB or Bluetooth for rapid as well as for very slow cameramovements with the support of the Shoot-Move-Shoot-Mode, which creates marvelous and stunning timelapse-videos.
The AppSlider can easily be assembled onto tripods, with the support of 1/4" and 3/8" threads on both ends and the central-element. The central-element can be shifted along the AppSlider to the optimal position, for example by attaching the AppSlider to a Monopod.
When the AppSlider is not used a Power-Save-Mode activates.
The positioning and speed-configuration is accurate and identically replicable. The linear guide is one meter long and the camera can move over a distance of 885 mm.
A professional Camera-Ball-Head with Quick-Release-Plate and the adjustment for GoPro´s and mobile-phones will also be included. The control via the Android-App and Windows-Software is fully functional and the design of the iOS App as well as the redesign of the [Android & Windows] will be the next step.
During the Shoot-Move-Shoot-Mode the camera slides a bit, then holds still to take a sharp picture and moves then forward to the next location. This process repeats itself many times to create a picture-series, which can afterwards be converted into a timelapse-video. By using the matching connector the release and focus-time can also be controlled through the AppSlider.
All needed connectors will be included. The connector works with the Cable-Release-Port of your camera.
The control of the camera works over the cable release, the including connectors are the C1, C3, S2, N1, N3, UC1, CB1 and S2.
A list of the supported cameras with the including connector´s for the control of the camera via the AppSlider for the Shoot-Move-Shoot-Mode: (Please note: Even your camera isn't listed, one of these connectors will probably fit.)
Due to the main development goal of maintaining low production costs, the AppSlider was designed as a self-assembly-kit, which requires the assembly of the parts of the AppSlider as described in the manual.
The assembly of the parts will take around 45 minutes by an experienced individual, so if it is your first build you should schedule more time.
Because here are not many customers on the market, which use numeric controlled sliders, the cost of production of specific components is very high. By manufacturing the components with modern 3D-Printers this High-Fixed-Costs can be elegantly avoided.
The Rapid-Manufactoring-Laboratory of the Gustav-Heinemann-Gesamtschule Alsdorf will produce most of the assembly-parts of the AppSlider, under the supervision of the AppSlider-Project.
After reaching the goal, all needed recources can be ordered, while the development of the iOS App is in process. The redesign of the Windows and Android App will follow afterwards. The resources will be delivered to all our backers, at end of the March / beginning of April. At this point the manual and the software will be finished. After that, a webshop for the parts and new features for the AppSlider will be created.
Risks and challenges
The electric components are all finished parts that have to be plugged together. If this project reaches over 100,000 € some electrical parts will be redesigned, to ensure a quicker production.
All connectors for the different camera-models will be shipped with the full AppSlider-Model, so if you get a new camera you don't have to buy a new connector.
The firmware of the AppSlider is modifiable and updateable to create new features or to fix potential bugs.