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CandyCam :: Rapid-Deploy Aerial Camera Platform

The SkyHook Mini is a camera positioning robot that allows the filmmaker complete aerial control for lighter high definition cameras.

CandyCam :: Rapid-Deploy Aerial Camera Platform

The SkyHook Mini is a camera positioning robot that allows the filmmaker complete aerial control for lighter high definition cameras.

$4,533
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28
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, August 28 2014 7:04 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 28, 2014

About

 CandyCam, LLC, creates and sells affordable multimedia robotics to filmmakers and indoor venues for unprecedented control for recording live-action events and scripted video sequences. Two years ago, the team at CandyCam set out to free your camera from its positional limitations. While we were developing the SkyHook for professionals, we were asked to develop a portable, cost-reduced unit for cameras under 32 ounces; the SkyHook Mini is that product.

This Kickstarter campaign allows us to leverage our experience building the high-end SkyHook to manufacture the smaller, more-affordable SkyHook Mini.

SkyHook

A version of the current eight line Professional SkyHook
A version of the current eight line Professional SkyHook

SkyHook - An easy to use robotic camera positioning platform that redefines the way videographers work. Recording live-action events and scripted video sequences is more than a vocation. It's an art form, communicating stories and live events through striking visuals. The SkyHook changes the way these stories can be told, and elevates the craft of filmmaking to new heights. CandyCam designed the SkyHook to meet the needs of videographers for rapid deployment, flexibility and precision, while addressing many of the limitations of traditional positioning equipment.

SkyHook - An early four line prototype
SkyHook - An early four line prototype

The SkyHook Mini is a cost-reduced model that provides semi-professional videographers the opportunity to experience a full range of stabilized movement at a fraction of the cost. Supporting high definition cameras under 32 ounces, the SkyHook Mini is designed to work with the new generation of small cameras that enthusiast videographers are using.

Here's a sample video of the SkyHook flying over a college basketball arena - note the rapid setup and ease of operation.

Key Features 

The SkyHook Mini is a remotely controlled robotic camera platform suspended over any space by eight cables via four anchor points. It can be programmed to shoot scripted sequences, or flown without a pre-defined path to allow impromptu moments to be captured. The overhead location of the platform allows the SkyHook Mini an unprecedented range of motion, and gives videographers the power to make their vision a reality.

  • Ease and Affordability: The SkyHook product line consolidates all the movement conventionally offered by cumbersome sliders, cranes, tracks, and dollies into one affordable platform, reducing the time and cost of set up and operation.
  • Increased Range of Movement: All SkyHook models offer a dramatically increased range of stabilized movement, enabling videographers to easily capture complex shots that have, until now, either been prohibitively difficult or required expensive custom rigs. 
  • Programmability: All SkyHook models enable videographers to plan, automate, and repeat a series of scripted movements, providing the user with an unprecedented degree of flexibility, precision, and control. 

The CandyCam Story

CandyCam is a group of artists and engineers based in Kansas City that saw a chance to do something different. We knew there was a gap between the creative vision of videographers and what they could do with current equipment. CandyCam created the SkyHook to fill that gap.

We're a company driven by big vision. But, taking ideas from concept to creation requires more than talk. We've created a culture where everyone works together, refining and iterating, until the best ideas win.

By working 'round the clock and drinking coffee straight from the pot, we're creating products that reflect the strength of our commitment. Our job isn't done until videographers have tools that fully empower their craft.

Getting the job done right requires a lot of testing and feedback. We're always open to new ideas and fresh perspectives, so feel free to contact us with thoughts and feedback.

SkyHook in the Media

Featured in Kansas City Business Journal

Made in KC: CandyCam LLC (Video)
Made in KC: CandyCam LLC (Video)

Featured on KCPT's Startups: Made in Kansas City   

Featured in Silicon Prairie News SPN

Finalist for Silicon Prairie Awards 2013

Presented at Kauffman Foundation's1 Million Cups Presentation

 Why Kickstarter?

This Kickstarter campaign will allow us to quickly take our experience with our high-end SkyHook and make a smaller, cost-effective unit that can be used with lighter cameras. We're now ready and eager to bring the SkyHook Mini to the masses! We need YOUR help. With funding from Kickstarter backers, we will put every dollar towards bringing the SkyHook Mini to the market and making it available to CandyCam flyers.

Product Details

CandyCam's SkyHook product line works by anchoring eight high-tension lines to four points on the ceiling or columns. These microfilament braided lines are controlled via motors and are stabilized by distributed computers in the same way a modern stealth fighter achieves stability. At the bottom of the SkyHook Mini's platform is an integrated robotic gimbal that offers controlled three-axis motion while cradling the camera.

SkyHook products are currently limited to jogging speeds within a 60’x60’ space. The SkyHook Mini supports smaller-format GoPro, Virb, and other cams lighter than 18oz, while the SkyHook professional will fly equipment up to 10 pounds.

SkyHook Mini Schedule

 Technical Specs

SkyHook Mini specifications:

  • Assembled weight (without camera) - 20 lb to 22 lb

  • Maneuverable camera weight - up to 2 lb

  • Radio freq. - 2.4 GHz

  • Power - 25.9 V Lithium Ion battery

Flight times:

  • All features on (camera, platform, and gimbal power) - approx. 20 minutes

SkyHook Specifications:

  • Assembled weight (without camera) - 25 lb to 26 lb

  • Maneuverable camera weight - up to 5.0 lb

  • Video link freq. - 5.8 GHz

  • Radio freq. - 2.4 GHz

  • Power - 25.9 V Lithium Ion battery

Flight times:

  • With all features On (camera power, gimbal power, video link) = approx. 30 minutes. [Flying time always depends on load; these are averages based on our field test results.]

Risks and challenges

The SkyHook Mini is an ambitious product that will revolutionize videography.

We have a functioning product and have fully built prototype, and have completed the necessary drawings, engineering, and specs to go into production. Some parts will be imported to the U.S. while others will be produced internally.

The SkyHook Mini, like other Kickstarter projects, is a work in progress. We believe in transparency and communication, so our Kickstarter backers will be the first to know about any unplanned hurdles or delays.

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    A cool, original, 12X12 hi-res photograph of our Cinema SkyHook internals mounted on foam core. Fine art for your tech wall! Your photo will arrive signed by members of the current CandyCam staff. Limited edition; see the image under Updates - - or at tinyurl.com/candy-wallart .

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    One day SkyHook training class. Covers training on both the Mini/Cinema and SkyHook gimbal. We'll demonstrate basic camera maneuvers and tips for setting up the unit. Purchaser is responsible for travel and accomodations to our location in Shawnee, KS (Kansas City). You can apply the full cost of this training towards the standard purchase price of the a Skyhook Mini if you purchase a unit by the end of the training day.

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    One week local rental. You'll pick up your SkyHook Mini and return it to CandyCam in Shawnee, KS. Renter may choose to keep the SkyHook Mini and apply the rental towards the standard purchase price of a unit. Additional terms may apply.

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    Two days SkyHook training and certification class. Covers training on Mini/Cinema and SkyHook gimbal. We'll teach you basic camera maneuvers and tips for setting up the unit. Day 2 includes advanced training, setup and advanced camera maneuverability. Purchaser is responsible for for travel and accomodations to our location in Shawnee, KS. You can apply the full cost of this training towards the standard purchase price of the a Skyhook Mini if you purchase a unit by the end of the training day.

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    One week U.S. rental. We'll ship the SkyHook Mini to any location in the US. Return shipping is included. Renter may choose to keep the SkyHook Mini and apply the rental towards the standard purchase price of a unit. Additional terms may apply.

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    Mini Gimbal for Mini SkyHook - this self-stabilizing three-axis brushless gimbal - Go Pro mount and 1/4" DSLR mount come with the unit. Designed to work standalone with its own battery but optimized to work in concert when attached to the Mini SkyHook, via a quick release mechanism. Gimbal is shipped with an iOS control application.

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    Mini SkyHook base - Supporting small gimbals with camera weighing less than 3.5 lbs (gimbal and camera) or devices (also under 3.5 lbs), iOS application for controlling the Mini Skyhook, includes battery pack and charger, cables, clips and reels for 8 suspension lines and 4 clips for the anchor points.

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    Save $200 - Early Bird Special! Mini SkyHook with its integrated gimbal (the two previous reward items together). Supports smaller-format GoPro and DSLR cameras, iOS application for controlling the Mini Skyhook and gimbal. Includes battery pack and charger, cables, clips and reels for 8 suspension lines and 4 clips for the anchor points.

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    SkyHook Pro for a day! We will travel to your location with a SkyHook Pro including gimbal. and support your video shoot for the day. SkyHook Pro, gimbal, and support personnel for your shoot are included. You supply airfare and lodging.

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    Cinema SkyHook Pro is yours. This unit supports heavier high definition cameras, iOS application along with stand alone RC style controller, either of which can be used for control. Includes battery and charger, cables, clips and reels for 8 suspension lines and 4 clips for the anchor points.

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    ACinema Gimbal for the Cinema Skyhook Pro. This self-stabilizing three-axis brushless gimbal supports heavier high definition cameras.1/4" DSLR style mounts standard with the unit, along with separate video display of the camera perspective. iOS application along with standalone RC style controller - you can use either for control. Includes battery pack and charger, cables, and mounting hardware.

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