About this project
Vimble S is the gimbal for your mobile phone. It is an intelligent monopod that keeps your phone stable no matter how much you move your hands, even when you are walking or on a skateboard. No longer do you need fancy, expensive equipment to create seamless videos and photos; professional, quality content is at your fingertips with just your smartphone and a Vimble S. With our dedication, we spared no effort to ensure a user-friendly and ergonomic experience.
Moreover, to ensure the product quality and supply, we’ve partnered with Feiyu Tech, a leading gimbal manufacturer, to produce a user-friendly, ergonomic experience.
We want to keep the best of our memory by recording, documenting and taking photos. Your child's first piano performance, first family gathering, wedding and many and many adventures that you want to tell the world.
There are 32 million hours of video uploaded to Youtube every year. There are 880 billion photos taken each year. That's why we want to create a device that will help us all create the best videos and record our awesome moments seamlessly.
Quick setup - Slip in your phone, get the Vimble S started and begin to record. Never lose memorable moments.
Superior stabilization - Vimble S’s 3-axis stabilization system fully integrates itself with the smartphone to cancel out movement in 3 directions, keeping the smartphone still even when your hands shake.
Integrated control panel - Utilizing an intelligent design, Vimble S’s control panel requires only one hand to effortlessly operate the gimbal and change the camera's settings.
Quality manufacturing - We spent great effort in the key areas of production and monitor the every single process ourselves to ensure the seamless quality.
Flexible orientation - Vimble S allows you to easily maneuver your phone in a standard, portrait, underslung or flash light orientation.
Our very own ViCam App, available for iOS and Android, enables Bluetooth connectivity (BLE) between your smartphone and the gimbal. Within our app, we’ve developed the following special features to optimize your Vimble S experience:
Time-lapse - Create a beautiful montage of passing time in video or photo form with a few simple clicks.
Face tracking tool - The Vimble S will recognize and follow the movement of a face (perfect for vlogging!) even as it moves out of the camera’s range. Works both when the unit is freestanding or handheld.
180° Panorama - The panorama mode in our ViCam app effortlessly commands your Vimble S to stably rotate itself a full 180 degrees and capture your surroundings in a perfect panoramic shot.
Selfie - using front or rotated back camera and burst mode.
Low light mode - Vimble S’s Night Mode allows you take crisp, noise-free nighttime photography with continuous 0.5 second exposure shooting.
Family and friends’ personal paparazzi - you enjoy looking back on every holiday, celebration, birthday and the people that made it special.
The outdoor enthusiast - you love to capture the picturesque scenery from your latest adventure.
The aspiring director - record your crazy adventures simply with Vimble S and create amazing artworks.
The passionate vlogger - you want to share with your fans the latest updates of your life and live stream the moments.
Improvements over Vimble X
In Aug 2014, Rian came up with an idea of inventing a smartphone stabilizer. Not only did he want to make it easy to use but also affordable for everyone. Rian started working on designs and making prototypes as a hobby, and when he saw the results, he wanted to share it with all photographers and videographers.
From July 2016 to present, we have been working tirelessly in early stages of Vimble S prototype. We focused most of our research and development on some brand new features and also the enhancement in the key functionalities and design.
Team experience: Our team has a range of experience from mechanical computing and electronic engineering to business education. At the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, we realized we shared the same passion to create a product that will help people capture pictures and videos in an easy way, and at a low price.
Risks and challenges
Our team has formed a partnership with Feiyu Tech, a leading manufacture in the mobile gimbal market. Delay of production and distribution tends to happen to many companies. If that ever happens, we promise you that we will be honest and transparent about the situations. However, with Feiyu Tech’s strong production capability and capacity, we have faith that we will deliver our product on schedule.
To make every single product function perfectly is impossible. However, our team is collaborating with one of the leading mobile gimbal companies in the industry, Feiyu Tech. We will closely work with Feiyu Tech to carefully ensure the best quality in each and every unit we product!
Yes, you will have one year warranty. Feiyu Tech as a strong gimbal manufacturer will ensure the product and customer service quality.
Vimble is designed to be compatible with both iPhones and Android phones. Below is a short list for your reference:
iPhone series / HUAWEI P9 / HUAWEI P9 plus / Mi 5 / MEIZU MX6 / SAMSUNG NOTE 5 / SAMSUNG S7/Google Pixel or other smartphones with the similar dimensions
Max: IPhone 6S plus
It does. An adaptor, however, is needed to mount the GoPro on Vimble S. The adaptor will be included in the backers' survey for US$ 5 (Approximately HK$ 40). You can specify if you would like to receive the battery in the survey which will be sent out when the campaign ends.
With the user-friendly design of Vimble S' smartphone mount, it is able to hold phones with a wide range of sizes and weights. With that, it will handle the phone cases very well as long as it is not too heavy or oversized. It is suggested, however, that you compare the specifications of your phone with the case to the list of supported phones above and get an estimation beforehand to avoid inconvenience.
Turn off your Vimble immediately. Please check if your gimbal can remain still at the horizontal position on its own. If not, please check if the counter-weight is appropriate for your smartphone. Please also try adjusting the position of your phone on the holder until the Vimble stays horizontal without exerting an external force and turn on the Vimble again.
Vimble is currently not waterproof.
As a small startup, we do not have the necessary resources to secure our entire supply chain. There have been a few issues in the development process of our last product, Vimble X. For complicated consumer electronics like Vimble, we have to lock down multiple suppliers and make sure there won’t be any mistakes, which involves many risks and difficulties. In order to deliver the best product in a timely fashion, we chose to work with Feiyu in our production process.
ViCam is an easy-to-use mobile application that works in conjunction with Vimble. It is available in the App Store and is coming up on Play Store soon.
Yes, you will be able to turn the OIS in iPhones off so as to get a wider view with your phone camera.
Simply change the mode on the left side of the screen to night mode. This will allow you to take high-quality photos with up to 1 second exposure. Please note that this time may vary on different smartphones depending on the model.
Simply change the mode on the left side of the screen to smart mode. This will allow your Vimble to direct your smartphone camera so that the face of your select is always within the screen. Please remember to turn off the face tracking mode after use by switching to other modes so that the gimbal can function properly.
All your creations are automatically saved to your smartphone’s Photos. You can easily access them in your smartphone photo album.
The battery lasts about 8 hours when used in mild scenarios. The battery is not removable and can be charged through the micro-USB port on the handle.
It takes approximately 4 hours to fully charge it using stable sources of power. It can be also charged with portable power banks when needed.
The battery is NOT removable by the users.
When facing issues with the battery, it is suggested that users can contact us through email@example.com and request for the replacement of the malfunctioning battery. This is part of the 1 year warranty.
We will not cover your flight expenditure and accommodation cost in Hong Kong, However apart from what we offer in the pledge level, we will invite you to a nice dinner with the team and give you a free tour around Hong Kong when you are staying here.
There is a thriving Vimble community where you can share your work, interact with others, learn about contests and giveaways, and more here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/387080974795744/
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