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Elephant Steady camera stabilizer uses iPhone gyro to stay on the level

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July 17, 2014

The Elephant Steady utilizes the iPhone's gyroscope and processor as its brains

The Elephant Steady utilizes the iPhone's gyroscope and processor as its brains

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One of the neat things about smartphones is the fact that when gadgets are designed to be used with them, those devices can make use of the phone's sensors and other electronics instead of incorporating their own. This, of course, means that those devices can thus be smaller and cheaper than would otherwise be possible. The Elephant Steady is a new motorized iPhone camera-stabilizing rig, that takes this approach.

Designed by Japanese tech firm Adplus, the Elephant Steady latches onto the back of an iPhone 4S or higher (or 5th-gen iPod touch) using a built-in holder. It also has a hard-wired 3.5-mm plug, that goes into the phone's headphone jack.

Once the Elephant Steady is powered up and its accompanying app is launched, the iPhone's own processor and gyroscope come into play. As soon as any slight tilts or side-to-side movements of the phone are detected by the gyro, the processor instantaneously responds by triggering the Elephant's motor to move the phone correspondingly in the opposite direction, thus canceling out the initial movement.

It works with an accompanying app

Should users want to tilt the phone up or down, they can do so via a trigger on the Elephant Steady's handle. The device is powered by its own rechargeable lithium-ion battery, not by the phone.

Adplus is now raising production funds for the Elephant Steady, on Kickstarter. A pledge of US$79 will get you one, when and if they're ready to go. The estimated retail price is $99.

Footage shot with it can be seen in the pitch video below.

Sources: Elephant Steady, Kickstarter

About the Author
Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
2 Comments

Now, given all that. Why not simply handle the whole thing in software and give up some resolution. 1080p -> 720p

Oh right, Galaxy S3 already has that. ;-)

Paul van Dinther
17th July, 2014 @ 09:27 pm PDT

@ Paul van Dinther

Because you want to be able to see the details.

Slowburn
20th July, 2014 @ 02:18 am PDT
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