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CineSkates: Rollerskates for Your DSLR

CineSkates are new patent-pending wheels that attach to JOBY’s GorillaPod Focus tripod, allowing you to capture fluid, stabilized video with your DSLR without bulky or expensive equipment.

Here’s a brief introduction to the project that shows some neat shots you can capture using the skates:

Developed as part of a MIT MediaLab class by Justin Jensen, CineSkates is currently being funded through Kickstarter. You can support the project and pre-order a set of CineSkates with a $150 contribution.

CineSkates Camera Sliders (via TechCrunch)


 
  • Anonymous

    Really slick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=825054813 Dan Shekleton

    I happen to be looking at Joby Gorillapods recently, and this just makes me want one more!  Freaking Fantastic!! Thanx for sharing!!!

  • Brandon

    cool but i would also like a version with the wheel axis positioned behind the point where it mounts to the grorilla pod. that way it would self track. a switching system should allow you to have both options. no big deal, my kids stroller does this.
     

  • http://twitter.com/cinetx Cinetics

    Hi Brandon, that would be a caster design. CineSkates are fixed wheels… you position them how you want the rig to roll then it follows that path. We have experimented with casters (that are offset like you mentioned) and found they aren’t as versatile, but we are considering offering a caster attachment in the future. Thanks for the comment!

  • Joseph Citta
  • http://twitter.com/Oglerock Sara Oglestone

    Yes please.

  • http://twitter.com/cinetx Cinetics

    Hi Joseph, You are right… weight is the limitation. So there is certainly no limit to just DSLRs. I I don’t think balance is as much of an issue because most cameras have their tripod mount near their center of gravity. I’ll reply to your email also. Thanks for your interest! Justin

  • http://groundupfilms.com/archives/ GroundUpJon

    Cute idea, but even the smallest imperfections on surface will result in bumpy video.

    Most people in the market for an easy (read: affordable) dolly solution will likely not be using expensive lenses with decent, built-in image stabilization.

    ***Skip this, save up for a slider/table dolly.***

  • http://groundupfilms.com/archives/ GroundUpJon

    Cute idea, but even the smallest imperfections on surface will result in bumpy video.

    Most people in the market for an easy (read: affordable) dolly solution will likely not be using expensive lenses with decent, built-in image stabilization.

    ***Skip this, save up for a slider/table dolly.***

  • http://groundupfilms.com/archives/ GroundUpJon

    Cute idea, but even the smallest imperfections on surface will result in bumpy video.

    Most people in the market for an easy (read: affordable) dolly solution will likely not be using expensive lenses with decent, built-in image stabilization.

    ***Skip this, save up for a slider/table dolly.***

  • http://twitter.com/cinetx Cinetics

    Thanks for the comment, GroundUpJon. CineSkates actually perform quite well on less than perfect surfaces, although, like any dolly, they do their best work on smoother surfaces. I designed them with extremely smooth bearing assemblies and very soft wheels, and the joints in the GorillaPod Focus absorb small shocks to a degree. We’re looking forward to seeing the results our Kickstarter backers get with CineSkates! And we are really excited about the small, portable size. What is best of all are the great ideas (portable surfaces, pneumatic wheels, etc) from people interested in the project that will help with getting even smoother shots in the future. Thanks again! Justin