Better technology sometimes causes problems. In this case, technology has made video cameras really small. Small? That’s a problem? Well, the problem (as I discussed previously) is that small cameras are not stable and make “shaky” videos. Well, then increase the mass of the camera – simple. I wanted to test this idea and make a test video with and without extra mass on the camera. I was thinking – what could I attach to it? A 2 lb or 5 lb scuba weight came to my mind. Then it hit me: a water bottle.
When do people use these little video cameras? To film their kids or something? If you have to carry around and extra weight, what is the point of having such a small camera? What do people often carry around? A water bottle. It doesn’t even have to be a water bottle, it could even be a soda or something. My idea is to modify a water bottle top so that it has a camera mount on it. All you would need to carry is the top, you can put it on anything that has the same size opening (don’t all water bottles use the same size cap?)
Here is my first crude attempt. I found a screw that was the correct size. I drilled a slightly smaller hole through the water bottle lid. Put on a washer, some hot glue – done. I think you could do a better job if you put a washer on each side of the lid and maybe a small nut to keep it tight. Here is mine:
And then with the camera on:
I didn’t conduct any official tests of stability, but it seems better. (and it is cheap and easy and reuseable)