About this project
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What is it?
The SteadyWheel is a portable camera stabilizer designed to reduce shake and improve stability. The rig works great with Smartphones, POV, Point and Shoot, and many other small frame cameras. While improving stability, the SteadyWheel also provides a great handle, giving the shooter much better frame control and opening up shot opportunities. It's compact design and lightweight chassis make it convenient to take anywhere the action is. Backpackable and Made in the USA.
Who would use it?
This rocking film making tool will open up shot opportunities for weekend warrior filmmakers, action sport thrill seekers, as well as Moms and Dads capturing family fun. Really, anyone who loves to be out filming.
Where can I use it?
Practically anywhere. The SteadyWheel is made out of a durable ABS Industrial Plastic and 316 Stainless Steel, so it can withstand the harshest of elements. In white-out snow, driving rain, and blazing sun, the SteadyWheel will not let you down.
Is the SteadyWheel tough?
To help prevent theft, we usually park on it for the night.
Below are some examples and more informative descriptions of our rewards.
A NYC Toast:
We will toast to your health and good fortune. You will receive a high resolution digital picture of the SteadyWheel crew toasting to your health and good fortune in one of our favorite NYC pubs. Backer's Names or Namesakes will be placed on a chalk board and placed on the bar as we toast...to you! You will receive a high resolution picture of our toast to you.
A Crazy Wish and fun with the iPad:
Send us your sweetheart, or other special picture and we will send you back a thoughtful high resolution picture of us casting a wish for you. Your wish will be cast into one of NYC's famous fountains. We will load all backer supplied pictures from this reward level onto our iPad. Then we will capture fun and exciting pictures of you (on the iPad, of course) in the foreground of a famous NYC fountain...just before we cast your wish.
Visit Times Square, NYC more fun with the iPad:
Send us your favorite digital picture of yourself, or loved ones, and we will send you back a rocking picture of you in Times Square, NYC. We will load all backer-supplied pictures from this reward level onto our iPad. Then we will head over to Times Square, NYC and have a blast trying to capture fun pictures of you (on the iPad, of course)...visiting Times Square. This is a really fun gift.
The Sexy SteadyWheel T-shirt:
The SteadyWheel has a sexy silhouette. A great figure is a terrible thing to waste, so If you've got it, flaunt it! These are good quality, heavyweight, T-shirts.
A Crystal Castle:
This reward is actually an acrylic liquid clear plastic; awesome 3D handmade acrylic sculpture. In an effort to help our project along, one of our very skilled craftsmen has donated enough time to make 100 of these wickedly cool 3D sculptures. These little beauties are totally handmade. He makes them in our shop with dremels, hand picks, a big magnifying glass and a crazy imagination. No kidding, this is a great conversation piece. The detail is so intricate that we suggest a magnifying glass to study the finer details (magnifying glass included). Total Size = 2inch cubed. (approximately)
Early Bird Special:
A special low-cost reward for helping us get started: Your own super sleek SteadyWheel with 1/4 - 20 camera mount. Please help us unite these little guys with your camera. SteadyWheel's become very lonely without a mate. Be careful, these little ones can be frisky.
Early Bird Special With GoPro Mount:
A special low-cost reward for helping us get started: Your own Steadywheel with 1/4 - 20 camera mount and an included, GoPro 1/4 - 20 tripod adapter. This rig is delivered ready to run for you GoPro users.
Early Bird Special With iPhone Case:
A special low-cost reward for helping us get started: Your own Steadywheel with 1/4 - 20 camera mount and an included, SnapMount iPhone 4/4S case, with integrated tri-pod mount.
Behind the scenes - why we need your support:
We will be using the funds from all reward levels to cover the massive one-time tooling costs for this project. The one-time tooling cost for injection molding our ABS chassis is significant. However, this manufacturing solution is the main reason the SteadyWheel can be produced in the USA while retailing for less than $100.00. Injection molding from ABS provided many solutions to challenges we had during the design and testing phase of this project.
Risks and challenges
Any time you have something made "out of house" or "outsourced" the risk of difficulties increases. To help reduce risks we asked experienced US based companies for project proposals. We have received several proposals for the tooling and the first 250 pcs of the Steady wheel's ABS frame. All project proposals were competitive in regards to time, costs, and delivery. We have also received project proposals for CNC machining of our 316 weighted slugs. The weighted slugs are a rather simple component and there are many US based facilities capable of producing them in a timely manner with high quality results.
Packaging is an entire engineering discipline unto itself. In order to save costs and reduce our overall carbon footprint for this project, we have decided the SteadyWheel will only be packaged in its shipping box, which is used for delivery.
The SteadyWheel is extremely simple to use and in basic terms - proper use is self-explanatory. However, one can always benefit from some basic guidelines and tips. Our intention is to have a skilled artist sit down with the WildIron crew and create an Infographic. The completed Infographic will be posted on our website for downloading. Additionally, WildIron will create an instructional video that will be available on our website and YouTube.
The SteadyWheel will be assembled in our facility in Hackensack, NJ. Parts will arrive from 2 different vendors. One vendor shall provide the chassis and the other shall provide the 316 Stainless plugs and 1/4-20 thumbscrew. The weighted inserts will be pressed into the main chassis and the thumbscrew assembly will be locked into place. Assembly, quality control, and packaging takes about 20 minutes per unit
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