|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 11-26-2014 02:57 PM||1610 views||7 times favorited||9 comments|
My wife’s school supplied her with an ipod to record the kids doing musical type things as part of New Jersey’s Core Curriculum. Among other things, she uses the ipod to record her children’s concerts and the annual musical. The children are then shown their performance to see how well they did, sort of like visual feedback.
Having someone hold up an ipod and record these events can be tiring on the person’s arm, so she asked if I could make something so that the ipod could be mounted on a tripod. What a silly question.
I began by tracing the size and shape of her ipod onto a piece of paper and marking where the important buttons, jacks and lenses were. Basically, I needed to create something that worked like the human hand, holding the ipod by the bottom and top, but keeping the lens open.
Not seeing a lot of these sort of things on Google images, I decided something like a trough would hold the thing securely. The trick was the holding aspect. I did not want to just use a screw and wing nut arrangement because if something can be tightened, SOMEONE will eventually decide that the ipod is headed on a Mars mission and should be tightened down until plastic cracks. I’m not speaking of my wife. She knows better, but being in a school with helpful children and teachers I’m sure it would happen eventually.
I knew I needed something to hold the upper part and I knew it had to slide up to allow the ipod to be removed/inserted. I was imagining something spring loaded, but I don’t have many springs, especially not light compression springs. I thought I’d have to do something with a rubber band. Then, during supper it came to me. Safety pins are springs and we had a few big ones.
So between the mystery picture I posted and the finished product, I only had to add a small piece of wood to cap the dowel rods and two safety pins, (to balance things out. One pin likely would have been enough.)
[Above] This photo shows the mount on the tripod without the ipod. [Below] This photo shows how to open the ‘jaws’ to put the ipod into the mount.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!