Wiggly - Professional Videos on Your Smartphone or GoPro
Wiggly is a patent pending, modular 3 axis stabilization system for shooting with iPhone, GoPro and other compact cameras.
Wiggly is a modular compact camera stabilization system, that can stabilize along one two or all three axes.
Independent third axis stabilization is added that could be used with Wiggly or any DSLR up to 2 lbs as a standalone product. "Follow" mode for yaw will exist in the final design.
Independent 3rd axis stabilization is basically another Wiggly with only yaw stabilization. It has it's own power source and comes with handlebars. It can be used with a full Wiggly or any camera up to 2 pounds!
Filmed with basic Wiggly:
How many times have you been disappointed with the shaky footage from your smartphone or GoPro? Have you wished you had smooth flowing shots like if they were filmed with a Steadicam?
Most stabilizers are bulky and depend on gravity and weights to keep your camera steady. They are expensive and take a lot of time and skill to balance. Also, you can't really control the pitch the way a motorized gimbal allows you to do.
Unlike anything you have seen before, Wiggly is compact, reliable and easy to use out of the box! Slide in your iPhone or attach GoPro with pre-balanced brackets and shoot.
No messy wires - in like none, zip, nada, not even one small wire. Just a switch and a joystick.
It can turn two full rotations on either axis (720 degrees). Try it out while doing that double-back-flip-360 on your BMX that you worked so hard to perfect.
Wiggly is super-compact because it uses custom electronics that are half the size of that open-source square board that you see on similar devices.
Swap out cameras in 20 seconds. Just take off and screw in another camera/smartphone holding bracket. Shoot.
Control camera pitch using a joystick. It's like playing a video game on Sony PSP.
Low-mode handle with another joystick. Say what? Just like that, tighten the screw and top joystick takes control. Enjoy your motorized crane. You're welcome.
Wiggly is very sturdy because the parts that carry camera weight are made of high grade anodized aluminum. Very important because motion sensors are prone to self-excitement if the cradle get's wiggly (pun intended).
Your standard low mode handle is usually in the shape of letter C and it's not motorized. Wiggly's extension handle is Z shaped so it can be used for both low and high mode. You can go between low and high in one smooth motion while maintaining a perfectly horizontal shot.
A very unique feature is a second joystick on the handle that allows the operator to control the pitch while shooting. Three AAA batteries power the handle and it takes over as soon as you attach it to the back end of Wiggly.
It's so compact, that even the smallest multi-rotors can lift it and fly for at least a few minutes. You can connect your extra channel to Wiggly and control the pitch with your remote from the ground.
Because we are so far ahead with Wiggly's development there should be a very short production timeline.
I made it to be as versatile as possible for a device that depends on perfect balance of the camera in front. Now we will explore creating brackets and holders for other popular compact cameras and smartphones.
We are even working on a universal cradle - if you can balance your camera on it (up to a pound) - you will be able to shoot. There will be different settings for different camera wights to optimize performance.
Also, you will be able to link to Wiggly wirelessly via bluetooth to change settings and even control the arm. Here we have some big plans like time lapse mode and panoramic photo/video modes.
Pitch range: software setting, +70/-90 degrees default
Roll range: optional, +/-60 degrees default
Yaw range: unlimited
Time of operation: from 2 - 4 hours of continuous operation per charge (depends on settings and actual camera weight)
Main board: custom AlexMos 2-axis SimpleBGC
Connectivity: mini-USB, Bluetooth module coming soon
Why use wide angle lens for the iPhone?
Just like with a film camera you will get a better, more cinematic result if you use different lenses. We are all about professional look here after all.
Risks and challenges
I have put in a lot of effort into making Wiggly as production ready as possible. Even though prototype parts are 3D printed they have been designed so they can be injection molded. My supply chain is pretty tight and there's very little development left mostly on the inside of the Wiggly plastic parts.
However, there are always things that can happen that are out of my control, but rest assured that I will make sure they don't affect my delivery timeline too much.
Parts from overseas
Each Wiggly unit will be assembled and tested in my shop in Long Island City and most parts will be manufactured in New York and Connecticut in shops I have worked with previously and have tremendous confidence in. It's the few parts (like brushless motors) that are coming from abroad that may be delayed in transport or customs. I will do my best so you never even know about any issues with my supply chain.
- (29 days)