Smartphone stabilizers (aka gimbals) for smartphones allow you take much better videos while on the move, as they smooth the shaking that occurs when you walk, run, or bike. Stabilizers are currently available, such as KumbaCam or other white brand stabilizers, are sold for $250 to $400, but Navin, a Taiwanese company, has designed a cheap video stabilizer for smartphones with ProView S3 that starts at $125 + shipping via Indiegogo.
ProView S3 3-axis stabilizer can handle larger size smartphones, features orientation sensors, precision motors, and stabilization algorithms to provide smooth video recording.
Some of ProView S3 specifications and features include:
- Adjustable mount from 67mm to 78 mm width
- Wind resistant thanks to algorithms and mechanical design
- Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless firmware updates
- Dual IMU sensors with tilt, roll, and pan motors.
- Underslung shot- You can take videos upside down too…
- 4 operational modes – Full Lock (no motor active), follow pan (pan motor active), follow tilt (tilt motor active), or full follow ()pan and tilt motors actives)
- Single joystick for control: On/Off, mode switching, angle control.
The best way to see how well this works are video samples. They shot videos while running with two smartphones, one without the stabilizer (first video), an one with ProView S3 (second video) that the difference is clear. The second video reminds me of first person shooting games.
The crowdfunding campaign has a fixed $300,000 funding targer, so the project will only go ahead if they reach that amount. Only the first 500 gimbals (battery and charger included) are listed for $125, with the price going up as more rewards are claimed up to $160. Shipping is not included and varies from $5 (Taiwan) to between $25 and $75 to the rest of the world for the few countries I checked. Delivery is scheduled for July 2016. Beside the Indiegogo page, you can also ask questions on the company’s Facebook or Twitter pages.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.