Camera Gimbals

ro:co camera stabilization system mit Sinacam 3D

During my thesis in 2009 I designed my first camera gimbal. In cooperation with the research facility at Fraunhofer IOSB I developed a 2-Axis camera gimbal for the AirRobot AR100B drone. The goal was to stabilize a downward looking camera to develop an optical positioning system. I used the communication interface to read the sensor data of the drone to control the gimbal movement. Part of my work was to design the electronics, design the gimbal structure and write the embedded software. That was the beginning of a series of camera gimbal designs I made.

Beeing part of the AMFIS project at Fraunhofer IOSB I then designed a bigger camera gimbal for a Mikrokopter Oktocopter drone that could carry a stereoscopic camera. To meet the requirement of capturing aerial imagery over a long time period I also designed camera gimbals for captive balloons.

In October 2016 I joined the engineering team of the Intel Drone Department in Munich to develop some new camera gimbal concepts for the brand new Intel Falcon F8+. In march 2017 I changed for the production department to help manufacturing carbon reinforced parts for the Intel Falcon F8+.

Handheld System

Constantin Leue im Gyrocopter mit Kamerastabilisierungssystem

In the end of the year 2013 I started a project for a handheld camera gimbal system in cooperation with augeohr. Designed to meet the requirements of cinematography it could carry compact professional cameras and was easy to set up. In this project I used the so called brushless gimbal technology, a technology that takes advantage of a direct drive system and therefore is much faster and more precise. A special version of the camera gimbal was designed to be used on an ultra light helicopter and could resist the strong wind forces. A video of the test flight is available on vimeo.

Vibration Isolation System

Vibrations Entkoppelungs System für die Befestigung am Auto

To be able to mount the handheld camera gimbal system on a car I designed a vibration isolation component in 2016. I used the wire rope damper technology to create a damper with large travel and 3 degrees of freedom to completely isolate the camera gimbal from vibration and shocks. The camera gimbal can be mounted on the body of a car using suction cups and will be remotely operated from inside the car with live video feed. A demo video is available on vimeo.