RadCam Sport – GoPro 3 & 3+ Handheld Robotic Stabilizer

 

The RadCam 2-axis handheld robotic stabilization system powered by 2 brushless motors, designed specifically for the GoPro Hero 3 & 3+

WHAT IS THE RADCAM SPORT?

The RadCam Sport is the ultimate GoPro 3 accessory.In a nutshell it’s a robotic, motor assisted handheld stabilization system… think of it as a new digital type of camera stabilizer that in some cases can take the place of a Steadicam.

The RadCam Sport is powered by a lithium polymer battery that drives two brushless motors and the onboard electronics to create a 2 axis gimbal that provides roll and tilt stabilization with no backlash; this constantly keeps the camera level, no matter what movement is going on with the operator.

The RadCam Sport is lightweight and features multiple handles for a variety of shooting positions, options and conditions.  It can easily be operated with one or two hands.  The RadCam Sport also features a thumb controlled joystick feature that allows you to track your shots easily on the fly.  Tired of shooting blind?  The RadCam Sport features a live video feed with zero latency.  This feed is displayed on a 4 inch LED monitor allowing you to see exactly what you’re shooting in real time.

The RadCam sport is the perfect solution for capturing amazing level, vibration-free footage from a GoPro 3 or 3+. The GoPro 3 series has proven itself to be an amazing sport cam, and the RadCam Sport is the ultimate add-on to take your projects even further.  Throw it in a backpack or in the back seat of your car; the RadCam Sport is compact, lightweight, and very robust.

“The size of RadCam Sport is ideal to be used for hand held or inside a car for a POV shot or to frame up on a passenger in the car.  I love this new piece of equipment and can’t wait to get my own when they’re available”  Jerry Patton, Camera Assistant on Iron Man, Hangover, Fast Five, Pearl Harbor

FEATURES

·2-axis brushless gimbal

·Onboard, pre-tuned electronics

·Multiple adjustable handles

·4 inch LCD monitor with hood

·Lightweight, durable and compact

SPECS

·Weight:  1.85 lbs. with GoPro Hero 3 and battery on board

·Length: 15”

·Width: 12”

·Height:  8.5”

·Battery type:  11.1v 450mah lithium polymer battery

·Charger:  Lithium polymer battery charger

·Monitor:  4” LCD with hood

HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT

The RadCam Sport idea was born out of the dedication, hard work and creativity of Tyler Caros and Mike Rivard.  Tyler is the Technical Director of RadFlight (parent company of RadCam Sport) which is in the business of flying cameras on drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) for use in movie, television and commercial production.  The quality of the video produced is extremely important and stabilization is critical.  RadFlight has been constantly working to improve the camera stabilization on its aircraft using the latest technology available.  Mike Rivard, founder of RadFlight and Tyler Caros decided they wanted to find a way to bring this amazing airborne technology down to earth.  Their goal was to create an affordable high quality piece of stabilization equipment for professionals and amateur cinematographers shooting with the GoPro Hero 3 line of cameras.

For years various companies have tried to stabilize cameras using weights and counterweights on cumbersome rigs which are heavy, uncomfortable and make filming difficult.  With today’s new technology, RadFlight has developed the RadCam Sport an innovative product which is easy to carry, versatile and provides excellent quality footage that until now could never have been captured on such a portable handheld device.

Tyler Caros was originally trained at the Art Institute of Los Angeles as a 3D Animation Artist.  He worked in this field for several years during which he developed an interest in designing and building remote controlled multicopters, including their onboard electronics and camera stabilization systems.  Tyler is also skilled in 3D CAD design and has become an expert in the 3D printing field.  With his vast experience and creativity Tyler has taken the latest technology and designed and built a robotic handheld stabilization system specifically designed and built for the GoPro Hero 3 and 3+.

For several years Tyler has been stabilizing cameras on numerous aerial cinematography and photography platforms.  His interest in aerial camera stabilization eventually led to creating custom stabilization for numerous applications, including extreme sports, reality TV, news, auto sports, and much more.

The RadCam team felt that professional, affordable video stabilization equipment should be obtainable by anyone, and with that, the RadCam Sport was born.

The design started out on paper, and numerous sketches were drawn to visualize the first prototype.  When Tyler finalized the idea and design, he took to their Airwolf 3D printer to create the first parts.  After several tests to make sure things fit properly, and several 3D prints later, the RadCam Sport was ready for testing.

The Team at RadCam put the system through numerous tests, fine tuning the electronics, testing various batteries and making sure that the RadCam performed to the expectations of a professional.

MANUFACTURING

Technical Director Tyler Caros will be overseeing the manufacturing of the RadCam Sport and Mike Rivard will be handling marketing, sales, and distribution.  With their respective years of experience in their individual areas, Tyler and Mike make a winning combination for RadCam success.

In designing the RadCam Sport we wanted to create a piece of equipment that was lightweight, easy to use and totally functional.  We wanted to create the best possible design using the highest quality materials, electronics, motors and batteries while not cutting any corners.

Our design requires manufacturing using an injection molding process which is expensive.  Molded parts are created as 3D objects which allow us to create complex shapes that include housing for electronics, battery and cable channels.  Injection molding also results in perfectly fitting pieces and joints for a beautiful, precise finished product.

After extensive research we have decided that the optimal material for making the RadCam Sport will be a variety of Polyurethane.  This material is extremely durable, lightweight, and fits our need to create complex shapes.  It also is a very good material for use in injection molding manufacturing.

Our plan is to manufacture the RadCam Sport here in the United States.  The molding process would be outsourced and assembly would be completed at our shop in Signal Hill, CA.

A sneak peek behind the RadCam prototyping process.

“I’ve had the chance to work with the RadCam Sport prototype and it’s a real game changer.  Not only is it incredibly stable but I can see what I’m shooting and frame my shots with the tilt feature.  This will be a great addition to my tool box.   Tim Baur, Director, Owner Tim Baur Films

KICKSTARTER FUNDING

How are we going to use the Kickstarter money to make the RadCam Sport?

Kickstarter funds will allow us to:

·Finish the final design for manufacturing – 3D drawings, software configuration, and testing

·Setup production timeline

·Have RadCam Sport mold made for injection molding process.

·Manufacture initial run to fulfill Kickstarter rewards and determine amount of additional units to be made to reduce production costs.

·Bulk manufacture electronics

·Purchase Lithium batteries in bulk

·Purchase LED monitors and hoods in bulk

·Our Kickstarter campaign activity will also help us estimate and anticipate the demand for the RadCam Sport in the general market.  This will ensure that anyone who wants one can get one as soon as possible due to precision manufacturing and a properly populated pipeline.

RadCam will be shipping its first prototype Sport model units within 4 months of Kickstarter conclusion.  We anticipate shipping the first production kits and assembled units in 5 months.

RadCam’s parent company RadFlight is an established company that prides itself in making our customers happy and completely satisfied.  Our products and services are always delivered on time and on budget.

Kickstarter backers who make a pledge for RadCam can be confident that their order will get filled and shipped out as soon as possible.

Written by Thinker

Real name is Onil Maruri and I am an Entrepreneur giving a helping hand to others I can help.

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