This project's funding goal was not reached on September 1, 2012.
About this project
What others are saying about Stabil-i:
“…the first iPhone case designed to end “shaky cam” syndrome from your videos easily.” - Mind of the Geek
"...exciting new tech project...Our latest Insert Coin candidate" - Engadget.com
"Stabil-i Case is one of the world’s first, smartly sized phone case that focuses on precision balance and video stabilization. Video taken with it is pleasant to watch because it doesn’t shake and doesn’t make you feel nauseous. It’s steady and sweet.” - Tech and Gadgets Review
“Stabil-i Case could be the simplest video camera stabilizer yet.” - gizmag.com
“…you’ll be able to shoot smooth, fluid video pretty much anywhere you are, within seconds. The sample clips included in the demo video after the jump are very impressive…” - ohgizmo.com
Imagine looking back on one of the greatest moments of your life; you know the one, that moment you were lucky enough to capture with your iPhone.
Now instead of that video looking like and old time home movie - shaky enough to give you motion sickness - your memories can have the smooth cinematic feel of a Wes Anderson movie. Our goal is to change the way people capture the greatest moments of their lives.
How will you use your Stabil-i?
The Problem - Shaky Video
Even though the resolution and quality of cameras has increased greatly while size has decreased, there is still one limiting factor - shake & vibration.
With our backgrounds in film and video production, we’ve used some of the leading camera stabilization equipment in the film industry. We know firsthand that having the right tools can make all the difference. We decided that there needed to be a stabilization system that was as compact as the phone itself.
Development - 13+ months
We've partnered with engineers, industrial designers and materials specialists to ensure the best product possible. Our first prototypes were made from sheet metal, then we moved on to SLA printed prototypes and finally, CNC machined from solid blocks of ABS plastic .
Over a year and 21 different design iterations later, we have finally created the world’s first, pocket-sized, precision balanced, video stabilizing phone case!
The Solution - Stabil-i Case
Stabil-i shares its roots with large, high priced camera stabilization systems used in the film industry. Our patent pending design allows us to remove 90% of the hardware along with the costly bearing system. Stabil-i is an ultra-compact camera controller that drastically reduces vibration in all directions.
Stabil-i functions 100% better than image correction software because it controls the entire camera and not just the sensor or lens, which not only takes forever to fix your video, but can crop and add distortion. Who has time to go back and fix a video when you can shoot it right the first time?
See our Rewards to find out how you can get the a Stabil-i case AND tripod adapter!
We Need Your Support!
Our dream is to have Stabil-i in the hands of everyone that shoots video, from parents and real estate professionals, to tomorrow's movie makers. Reaching our goal of $80,000 will allow us to make the steel molds for the die casting of our metal parts as well as our injection molded plastics. We already have a tooling company right here in Texas, awaiting our success to proceed with manufacturing. Assembly will also take place in either Texas or Alabama. When we say "Made in USA", we mean it! Our "early bird" backers will receive their Stabil-i Case in November.
Yes! Other than our interview portion, the entire video was shot, handheld with an iPhone and a Stabil-i Case.
Absolutely! Stabil-i only increases the length of your phone by 5% (dock to power button), 15% in width, and will make up 55% in thickness (front face to back). This is comparable to a high-impact or waterproof case.
Steel molds to make the plastics Die-cast molds for the metal handle and hinge pin Preliminary short run and assembly Custom packaging
You can still contribute $5 toward our project and make your recommendation as to what you think the next device should be. This will get you heard by us loud and clear! Rest assured that we are working quickly to adapt the Stabil-i case to fit other manufacturer's handsets.
Stabil-i will make up 35% of the total weight. The counterweight itself only amounts to a third the weight of your iPhone.
We use a completely encapsulated, high-density lead alloy.
Our first backers should receive their own Stabil-i Case within 90 days of reaching our goal of $80,000! So, if you like our campaign, help us move faster by sharing our story with your friends and family.
Nothing. If funding is unsuccessful, all pledges are canceled and that's that.
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