Hard drive spindle motor repurposing Answered
I am in the materials-gathering phase of a planned project to build a handheld stabilizer system for use with my dSLR camera when I shoot video (for an example of what that kind of is and does, look http://freeflysystems.com/products/movi/m10/). I have a number of older or decommissioned hard drives and optical drives laying around and wondered if I couldn't repurpose the motors from them to use as the axis motors for my stabilizer. The SimpleBGC board from Alexmos is built to drive brushless DC motors such as the spindle motors found in hard drives. My questions would be if this would work and whether they would be "strong" enough to turn and hold the camera carriage according to the controller's signals.