Introduction: Street Luge Camera Holder

My friend (Higgs Boson) and I had previously tried to make camera holders for our street luges. For whatever reason, the cameras automatically shut off when we hit any large cracks in the pavement. We did not know how to resolve this, and it had been in the back of my mind for quite a while. I tried one last design that I thought may work, but it didn't. I spent about 2 hours thinking of new ideas, and I finally came up with one. Welcome, camera holder type 2.0.

Step 1: How Does It Work?

I realized that the luge is way too shaky of a place to mount a camera. Then where? After a few runs down a hill, I realized that my feet stay very still. I guess I am subconsciously keeping them still. So, naturally I had to figure out how to attach a camera to my foot. One pronlem with my design is that if you aren't careful braking, you may completely ruin your camera. Brake with your heels, NOT with your upper foot.

Step 2: Camera Support

I just took an old milk carton and cut out a rectangle with side walls to house the camera itself. I did have to cut an area ou for the lense to stick through. This part is pretty straightfoward. In the future, I may add holes in the top so I can easily turn the camera on and off and start the camcorder.

Step 3: The Strap

The strap is just an old belt of mine. I cut off either end, and stapled them to either side of the plastic. I made sure to hammer down the staples and then cover them in tape so that my camera doesn't get scratched. You will probably want to make sure the belt is long (or short) enough to fit well around your foot. Mine is a little on the short side.

Step 4: Put It to Use

I already took a couple runs with this on, and the camera stays running the whole time. It is a little blurry, but nothing that a little editing wont fix. (I did almost run over a lady though.) All in all, I think this is a pretty good prototype. I will eventually make a better version, so keep an eye out for that. The pictures are of this project next to one of our previous failed attempts. Soon I hope to have videos of this being used.

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bertus52x11 (author)2012-11-04

I like this idea!

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freeza36 (author)bertus52x112012-11-05

Thanks!

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Higgs Boson (author)2012-11-04

One question. What would you do if you needed to quickly slow down or stop and not trash your camera? If you could a fix it to something that is not active in the braking process I think it would be a lot better. Other than that it's a good idea.

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Higgs Boson (author)Higgs Boson2012-11-04

Also, when we have put things directly on the luge when we hit a bump the camera turns off, so I am skeptical this would work on a support.

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freeza36 (author)Higgs Boson2012-11-04

I am able to use only the bottom half of my foot to brake. And it actually works really well.

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Higgs Boson (author)freeza362012-11-04

Interesting. Have you tried it at all with the support you made?

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freeza36 (author)Higgs Boson2012-11-04

The support was just a failed attempt. I put it in there to illustrate our old methods.

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Higgs Boson (author)freeza362012-11-04

We should make one that attaches to a helmet. I have a feeling that would work a little better.

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freeza36 (author)Higgs Boson2012-11-04

Yeah

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