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Enjoy photographing movies on your iPhone with an ultra-small stabilizer which will get rid of the camera shake. Read more

Kumamoto, Japan Hardware
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Enjoy photographing movies on your iPhone with an ultra-small stabilizer which will get rid of the camera shake.

Kumamoto, Japan Hardware
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About this project

Elephant Steady is the world’s smallest stabilizer grip for iPhone which enables you taking movies without camera shake. By installing this grip, you will be able to take movies with high quality. By loading the small high performance motor and using the application to control it, we were able to get rid of the logic board. This enabled us to come up with the beautiful unprecedented design.

Your iPhone detects it’s inclination and fixes the camera shake immediately. With this elephant steady, you can take movies without shakes as if you were using a costly device.

Elephant Steady is very compact that it could fit into your pocket.
Once you set your iPhone and plug in the headphone jack, it's ready to be used!

Stabilizer using iPhone functions

By using the gyro sensor built in your iPhone, the app controls the grip’s motor. Appreciate with this simple structure, we could accomplish the goal of keeping it in a low price and high reliability operation.

World’s smallest motor stabilizer

With this new structure, we were able to make the size compact compared to the general motor stabilizers. As a result, elephant steady is both successful at portability and excellent functionality.

Elephant cam is available for free. You can control the motor and take your movie using this app. In addition, we are planning to add more functions in the future.

Above is the drawing of the Elephant Steady's working principle. The Elephant Steady is connected to iPhone using the headphone minijack. The iPhone App,Elephant Cam, controls the two motors using pulse code. You can contorl the ON/OFF by the power switch. The motor's power is supplied by the lithium-ion battery. The tilt control button uses the headphone's volume control signal and transmit to the iPhone App, Elephant Cam. With the iPhone's gyro sensor and tilt control button's signal, the Elephant Cam detects the suitable angle and controls the motor.

Prototype Video

This is a prototype. The stabilization is being done properly. We are doing our best to make it better. We are now developing to make it possible. 

  • iPhone models : iPhone4S , 5 , 5s, 5c , 6 , ipod touch 5th generation
  • OS Version : iOS7 or later
  • Recharge Time : 1 hours
  • Height : 150 mm
  • Width : 49.5 mm
  • Depth : 50.5 mm
  • Tilt Angle : 90°
  • Roll Angle : 90°
  • Material : Polycarbonate
  • Estimated Price : $99(USD)

The retail price will be about $100, so with the Kickstarter rewards, you will save about 20% on your Elephant Steady.
You will also get the rewards befor it is sold officialy.

Backers from the US and Japan are free of shipping costs. We will use Amazon.com to ship within the US. 

However, backers from country outside of the US and Japan need to pay extra $20 for shipping cost.

                                     
 
 

When the "like" on facebook and followers on Twitter both hits 10,000, we will add an original strap.


$100,000 - Add 5 colors

Once the pledge hits $100,000, five different colors will be available. Please choose five colors that you want to commercialize. The reward will be chosen from the most popular five colors and black color. You will be able to choose your most favorite color from the six colors above when you get your reward.

Vote for your favorite color on Facebook for the rewards.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.671474146263435.1073741830.645159552228228&type=3


$500,000 - Add an attachment part for GoPro mounts

We import photographic equipments.
We also introduce and sell cameras from overseas to Japanese camera-lovers.We want to introduce new ways of taking photos.

Adplus co,ltd. (JAPAN)

5-5 Hachiojimachi Chuo-ku Kumamoto-City Kumamoto 860-0831 Japan
http://www.adplus-jp.com
info@adplus-jp.com
Duties Contents: Planning, manufacturing and sales of photographic equipment

Risks and challenges

In carrying out our project, we will absolutely do our best to fulfill our promise to the supporters. However, when we are developing such new products, we are always attended with risks.

The most concerning factor we have is that how much we can make the motor move smoothly. We put efforts on making sophisticated programs to keep the servomotor’s moving smooth and the body size compact and light. Also to give high endurance, we test and improve the products repeatedly.

We promise to clear all the risks and challenges, and complete the “elephant-steady” as it is on the project now. Currently, we are collecting data using the prototype model and planning to release our first “elephant-steady” around February, 2015.

We will do our best to give out the awards to our supporters as soon as possible. In addition, if there happens to be some trouble and we are obliged to delay the shipping of the awards, we will definitely announce what is going on and how things will go.

We take pride in producing and selling iPhone accessories, and are looking forward to launching our innovative products to you.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

FAQ

  • Regarding Android device, the pulse code output from the headphone jack differs by model. For this, it needs extra works to adjust the program. We are currently planning to choose some Android smartphones and develop applications for them.

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  • This stabilizer works only by the headphone jack to reduce the production cost and make the body size compact. Also the Elephant Steady uses stereo 2 channel of the headphone jack and controls the 2 motors. With this current system, we could only make it 2 axes.

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  • Yes, we plan to angle the headphone plug and make it more slim.

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  • The Elephant Steady uses gyro sensor and enable photographing movies with HD quality at the same time. For this, it needs high management device.
    If you actuate on your iPod touch 4, you may end up with taking low picture quality movie. However, we will try our best to make it compatible with iPod touch 4.

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  • We are planning to improve the claw parts, where it holds your smartphone. If your case was thin, you can use it with your case on.

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  • The Elephant Steady uses 2 motors, meaning 2 drives and 2 axis.
    The motor we're going to use has 1.7kg/cm of torque.
    It can stabilize your smartphone even with your cases on.

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  • The sound will be recorded through your iPhone's microphone.

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  • Although Elephant Steady uses the headphone jack to connect with iPhone, there are three ways to record voice with the "Elephant Cam"
    1. Use the microphone built in your iPhone
    2. By using headphone splitter, you can fix the external microphone with mini plug type.
    3. By using the lightning connector, you can fix the external microphone.

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  • Not only Japan but also backers from the US are free of shipping cost.
    However, backers from country outside of the US and Japan need to pay extra $20 for shipping cost.

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  • Yes, it is compatible with iPhone6
    There is an adjuster function on the grip which makes is possible for many types of iPhones to be used.
    The grip can hold smartphones up till 8cm wide.

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  • 日本からの出資方法についてですが、以下のページが判りやすいと思います。
    日本からの"Elephant Steady"への出資を是非お願いします。

    ・iPhone女史 - Kickstarterの商品を買ってみた!使い方を覚えて、日本からどんどん出資してみよう☆
    http://www.iphone-girl.jp/2013/12/318049/

    ・CuriousFactory - Kickstarterプロジェクトの支援方法
    http://www.cf-publishing.com/how-to-back-kickstarter-project-from-japan/

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $5 or more

    8 backers

    Thank you for supporting us!
    You will receive our original Elephant Steady sticker in kickstarter edition.
    Add $3 USD to ship outside Japan.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $10 or more

    2 backers

    Your support is very much appreciated!
    You will receive our original Elephant Steady sticker and a metal badge in kickstarter edition.
    Add $3 USD to ship outside Japan.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $40 or more

    0 backers

    You will receive our GIZMON SMART CLIP FISHEYE which you can take photos with fisheye lense by clipping it onto your smartphone. Also you will receive our original Elephant Steady sticker in kickstarter edition.
    Add $4 USD to ship outside Japan.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $79 or more

    361 backers All gone!

    You will receive our Elephant steady before we start selling officially.
    Add $20 USD to ship outside Japan.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $79 or more

    189 backers

    You will receive our Elephant steady before we start selling officially.
    Backers from the US and Japan are free of shipping costs.Add $20 USD to ship outside the US and Japan.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $110 or more

    47 backers All gone!

    You will receive our Elephant steady before we start selling officially. Also you will receive GIZMON SMART CLIP FISHEYE.
    Add $20 USD to ship outside Japan.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $110 or more

    35 backers

    You will receive our Elephant steady before we start selling officially. Also you will receive GIZMON SMART CLIP FISHEYE.
    Backers from the US and Japan are free of shipping costs.Add $20 USD to ship outside the US and Japan.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $259 or more

    6 backers All gone!

    You will receive our Elephant steady before we start selling officially. You will also receive a full set of GIZMON SMART CLIP.
    Add $20 USD to ship outside Japan.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $259 or more

    8 backers

    You will receive our Elephant steady before we start selling officially. You will also receive a full set of GIZMON SMART CLIP.

    Backers from the US and Japan are free of shipping costs.

    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US and Japan.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $2,370 or more

    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    We will ship you 30pcs of Elephant Steady on the same day that we dispatch our reward to backers.
    You can sell it freely.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $4,740 or more

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    We will ship you 60pcs of Elephant Steady on the same day that we dispatch our reward to backers. You can sell it freely.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (30 days)