Gimbal

Project Members:   Alastair Hicklin-Coorey and Matt Kollada

Advisor: Dennis Mell

Abstract

Gimbal’s are accessories that have been used for a number of camera applications. From motion picture sets to imaging systems on aircraft, gimbals have made it much easier to shoot high quality video while a camera is in motion. Now, stabilizing drone camera footage has opened new possibilities on how they can be implemented. The advent of drone’s, and especially quadcopters, ability to hover slowly over precisely locations has resulted in incredible footage of cities, landscapes, and about any other view imaginable that can benefit from images of a whole new perspective. These drones, and the footage that they provide varies from the high-end professional to the capabilities more suited for the hobbyist. This range in quality, of course, results in a wide range of prices. We believe, however, that we have found a gap in this market. While there certainly are lower priced drones and gimbal systems, many times they are required to be bought in tandem, and also require the purchase of a separate, expensive camera system. The result of this is that flying a drone and being able to take quality, shaking-free video on it, becomes expensive. Through research, we believe that with the Raspberry Pi, it’s camera, another micro controller, 3 hobbyist motors, a 3D printed gimbal, and possibly a few other auxiliary parts, we can create a low priced drone gimbal that is lightweight and can attach to any drone. This combination of low price and weight can attract a large market of people who enjoy flying drones and seeing videos of their flight, but would rather not pay the for expensive gimbals or drones that can lift heavy payloads. Our product allows for newcomers in the space to experience the benefits of gimbal before having to splurge on a system that can cost two to three times as much.