May 14, 2014

Experimenting with an Arduino-powered Gimbal

A gimbal is an interesting device, used to make filming or photography much easier when the camera cannot be held perfectly still, and two students have been experimenting by creating an Arduino-powered version. Their goal was to make a version that could hold a GoPro camera perfectly still while the surface on which it was mounted moved on an X- and Y-axis.

Although the design hasn't been totally perfected, by using an accelerometer and controlling two brushless motors for axis control, the results have been encouraging - and demonstrated in the following video:

Interesting work, and shows you can make devices which may have seemed too complex in the past with Arduino. Visit the project Instructable page for more details. And for more, we're on facebooktwitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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