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Hands free Camera Mount for wheelchairs, bikes, wrist, and more!

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I love to take photographs, but due to my disability, it gets difficult to hold a camera steady, particularly for any length of time.   I've tried various tripods and other means of holding a camera, but nothing seemed to work very well, particularly when I need to use one hand to drive my wheelchair.  Then I had this idea for a camera mount that could easily attach and be removed from a wheelchair, bike, or even someone's wrist.  The first step I did was to draw a design for this concept, then I began looking for materials to make one myself.

This unique camera holder consist of a camera mount and a strap that can be attached to the frame of a wheelchair, bike, or even around someone's wrist like a cuff.  For my particular purposes, I designed it for hooking to my wheelchair, though it would work just as well for many other uses.  It holds the camera on the frame of the wheelchair allowing the camera to be held steady.  It is also perfect for taking action shots, attaching easily to a bike or just about anything with handle-bars or something which you can attach the straps around.

This build requires the following materials.
1 Dollar-store tripod - (Look for a cheap tripod that you can remove the camera mount from.  I choose a common dollar store model that uses a single screw to attach the legs to the camera mount.)
1 scrap piece of leather
4 VELCRO®  strips or other fabric hook-and-loop fasteners( Recommend fabric hook-and-loop fasteners without glue backing if possible)
1 sheet of paper
Hot glue gun
Screwdriver
Sharp scissors
Marking Pen

Estimated build time: 20 min

 
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delds2 years ago
I am looking at your camera mount, I also use a power wheelchair and am looking for a method of using a video camera with the wheelchair, now with mounting it on the arm how stable of a video image is this when travelling over sidewalks or cobble stone, even though power wheelchairs offer some suppension, you still get some bumping when going over sidewalks / cobble stone, or other creased surfaces. Also is the wheelchair arm too low or is it better higher up the camera.
DarkRubyMoon (author)  delds2 years ago
Hi! Yes, if your riding over cobble stones or even sidewalks, the camera does shake some. My camera has anti-shake, but even so, it does get a little bumpy. On roads, on indoor carpeting and pavement, there is very little shaking unless you start and stop your chair quickly. As for camera placement, I find that the lower position of the armrest of the chair works fine most of the time unless your subject matter is close to the camera. It is a lower angle than what you typically see people filming at, but it can make the film more interesting. Most of the time I have found that if I am filming people, they are at a far enough distance from the camera that the low position does not matter, and other subjects are at about that height. I have made another type of camera mount that I haven't posted on instructables yet in which I attach the camera mount bracket to the end of a pvc pipe. When I want to film from a higher position, I attach the camera to this, and rest the pvc pipe on my knee. The pipe and camera are both very light, so I am able to film this way without much strength.
 Nice one! Great to see something that may help other people with disabilities get more out of life!
DarkRubyMoon (author)  firefletcher4 years ago
Thank you!  It works great for me.  In some ways, a wheelchair is a perfect platform for shooting video as the video is much smoother than someone walking with a camera and I have a lot of control over the chair's movement.  I've often wondered why professional movie-makers haven't thought of mounting a camera to a wheelchair. 
Hey! Maybe you just thought up a new career for yourself?? Maybe post some of your videos on youtube, and tell folks your idea?
DarkRubyMoon (author)  evad3 years ago
Sounds good to me :) I've thought of marketing it before, but I am much better at coming up with ideas then I am at producing and selling them. Thank You so much for the post!
tripoli94 years ago
Excellent idea
lovepirate94 years ago
good idea
bertus52x114 years ago
Nice one! Good luck with the contest.
DarkRubyMoon (author)  bertus52x114 years ago
Thank You so much!  i had been planning to post this instructable for some time... the contest helped to push me to finally writing it up to post it LOL.
There is a group here on Instructables called "Camera Mounts". You should add it there as well.
DarkRubyMoon (author) 4 years ago
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