Find a safe, no-cost and teachable method for attaching a Mobius Actioncam to a dowel
I started with a double "barrel hitch" knot, with the string ending in two overhand loops.
I took a keychain (could be a paperclip or whatever) and formed it into a horseshoe shape, with slight out-turn at the ends.
I marked the dowel at approx crossing points, then nicked little slots with a knife.
Then I put the dowel in place,, and spun the horseshoe to cinch it all down.
Then I tucked the end of the horseshoe under the taught line to lock it in place (see main image).
The whole unit is just a rubber stopper, small-end-up, over the dowel and going into the neck of a 1/2 soda bottle. I left one end of twine long, so it could protrude through the neck, potentially clipping it to a carabiner as a safety should it slip off the dowel for some reason.
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What do you think? Is this too complicated? Is it actually worse than rubber bands, safety wise?
I'm hoping to offer a complete kite aerial mapping kit and want to find a way to handle the connection between camera and rig that isn't rubber bands.
big problem I can see is the zip tie allows a wobble that would introduce big jello effect and blur in real wind. I liked the dowel because it was more rigid. seems like a hybrid of all these can get us there. I'll keep tinkering
I love the sleeve! very low profile in the wind, too. Why so against rubber bands?
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Mainly just safety. just looking for something that would be a "positive lock" between the camera and the kite so nothing squirted out, or in case a rubber band broke. It's so easy to nick a rubber band with normal use, and even though I'd totally fly one myself, I'd be afraid of hearing back that something broke or failed on it.
Kind of dorking out on this, but here the thought is to put a stopper at the end of the dowel, so the camera, under tension from the sleeve, really can't fall out. With a bit of a filing job to let the zip tie end recess a tiny bit, it's really locked on there.
And here's just an added bonus of protection if you make the sleeve with a couple ties and use the ends to give you crash legs. Sure there's better way to use thicker ties, or longer ties and then tuck them in to each other to give little loops. But the idea is there.
Bonus on this is you can press the buttons through the sleeve, and you can see all the status lights through the clear plastic.
Tony, looks promising. The info from Chris is great as well. Lots of ways to go. Having committed many cameras secured with orange rubber bands to altitude, I'm less worried about their failure. However, in all these approaches, careful check for tears, loose connection, etc, is needed. Regarding the wobble, could use a couple of pieces of foam to snug the camera against the shroud.