BOCA BEARINGS 2014 INNOVATION COMPETITION

Axis360: modular motion control for cameras

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT


Tell us briefly about your project. Is it a work of art or does it serve another function?

Axis360 is a motion control system that rotates and slides a camera. Axis360 is compact and light weight, sets up easily, and is extremely versatile. It moves at a wide range of speeds, fluidly or incrementally, and works with most DSLR, mirrorless, and cinema cameras.

When did you start working on this project and how long did it take you to complete?

Our company began as a graduate class project at MIT. We launched the project on Kickstarter, and now, 2.5 years later, we're back with our third project. Axis360 is a result of the features and functions that our backers and customers requested. It's been a collaborative effort, and we're still working to improve it.

What was your goal in building this project?

We wanted to build a multi-purpose camera tool that filmmakers would love. We built the most compact kit we could that would deliver several motorized camera moves.

Does your project help to solve a problem? If so what problem?

Existing camera equipment is large and cumbersome. We wanted to build a kit that a single filmmakers could carry easily. Axis360 can be used a small motorized pan head, a three axis pan, tilt and slide rig, and everything in between. It's a uniquely useful kit.

What makes your idea unique?

Designed with the feedback of hundreds of filmmakers, Axis360 is the only motor control kit that can switch between pan, tilt or sliding moves or any combination of the three. Axis360 is more compact than similar gear.

In what capacity are you using bearings and what type of bearings?

Urethane coated bearings roll the cart down the rails. Ball bearings hold the belt pulley. And bearings enable smooth motor rotations. Axis360 uses a variety of bearings to enable smooth motion!

What is the most important thing you want people to know about your project?

The Cinetics team helped build Axis360, but it would not be possible without our Kickstarter backers and customers. They made the project great.

How will you use the $5,000 prize?

We'll use it to help develop a new, innovative way to move cameras!

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