Now that mobile GPS technology is into its 5th or 6th generation, you have probably gone through at least one or two of these techological wonders. As new faster, sleeker and more feature rich ones come on the market, your clunky old Tom Tom or Garmin loses its appeal or simply breaks.
You can recycle the tech part, but what about this cool suction cup thing? Surely one could use this for some other purpose?
In this instructable, we will turn this piece of GPS ephemera into a useful camera support to use on safari or whenever you are near a smooth surface.
Step 1: Concept and Stuff You Will Need
My Navigon GPS device served me with great distinction for years, however I moved to a section of the USA that was not included in my map set. The cruel economics of the cut throat GPS industy made it less expensive to simply buy a new GPS with the maps I needed than to buy the additional maps from Navigon. Feeling hurt and neglected, the Navigon took its own life rather than playing back up system for my younger and thinner GPS unit.
After giving my old GPS unit a dignified burial at the cell phone recycling center, I was left with the bendy suction cup support and cradle. It is this assessory that we'll turn into a "Tripod." Really should be call just "Camera Support" since there is only one leg, but I think people will know what I mean. Heck! Most cameras today have GPS built right in so what are you waiting for!?!?
Here is what you will need:
1. GPS suction cup support and cradle
2. Tripod bolt (I had a ready made one from my stash of photo stuff, but a regular bolt with the correct threading will work fine)
3. Rotory cutting/sanding tool (optional, but it makes things go much faster)
4. .25 inch closed cell foam (I recycled a hideous craft stamp)
5. Two part epoxy
6. Razor knife
7. Various clamps
8. Hole punch (I used a leather hole punch, but a paper punch should be fine as well)
9. Gorilla glue or equivalent
11. Maybe 45 minutes of time (not including glue curing time)