Introduction: How I Make Money With an Instructable.
UPDATE: it is now for sale in the Instructables Shop as well (https://store.instructables.com)
The idea of my Rear-pocket-camera-mount/ is about 2 years old now (picture 2 & 3). The principle is simple: a camera support that slides into the rear pocket of your cycling jersey allows you to take cycling pictures of your cycling friends behind.
When I published the I'ble, I got so many positive reactions, not only here at Instructables but on "the road" as well. After a year of neglecting these positive consumer signals, I decided to try and turn it into a commercial product.
Soon I discovered that it had 3 shortcomings:
1. The original camera mount was made of PVC which breaks into sharp pieces (in a crash). This might cause cuts or even spinal damage, not something you want to be responsable for! So a soft material was the only option, yet stifness is required for stability. This seemed at first a contradiction.
2. Shipment costs of parcels are many times higher than shipment costs of envelopes. One of my goals was that the price had to be low (thus low shipment costs as well). Hence the device had to fit into an envelop (flat).
3. Finally, the original model was only suitable for compact cameras as it requires the bottom screw for attaching the camera to the camera mount. This excludes all the smart phones that people now use to make videos and time lapse pictures. In the final model, the screw was replaced by a durable rubber band.
After fabrication of about 30 prototypes (picture 4) the finalhttps://store.instructables.com/design was ready: a foldable polypropylene cameraclip. It fits into an envelop and won't damage your spine in case of a crash.
It is now available at www.cameraclip.eu for only € 9,95 (excl. shipment costs).