My name is Brian Burling and I am starting a new company called - eMotimo
The first product, eMotimo PT, a two axis motion control device that sits between your tripod and your DSLR or Video Camera. Right now, it does point A to Point B time lapse shots with a simple 3 minute setup. It will trigger DSLR shutters or move video cameras in smooth profiles.
eMotimo PT's design criteria were to be:
User Friendly - You use a Nunchuck and LCD screen for prompt driven setup. No computer is required.
Portable and Lightweight - Without a battery, the unit weighs in at around 5 lbs.
Capable for mid sized cameras - It will swing a 5-6 lb setup fairly quickly. I have loaded it up more, but the moves have to be smaller or allow for a longer settle time.
Precise - The unit uses strong motors, worms, and stepper drivers with microstepping that allow us to a whopping 160,000 micro-steps per revolution of either the pan or tilt axis. That is about 444 steps per degree.
Affordable - The PT is $500 before power and in the current configuration comes with either a Canon or Nikon camera cable. (might change this soon though to as not to include unnecessary accessories for video users).
Expandable - Arduino Core, custom shield - code will be out there soon. This is OpenMoco right! A good chunk of the code started with Open Moco Time Lapse Engine. Thanks to Chris and OpenMoco.org for getting me started on the right track!
What else can it / could it do?
It is position-sensitive (as long as you don't overload it and skip steps) to allow for some pretty neat overlay functionality.
Real time pan and tilt head using the Wii - Just starting to play with this, but you can use the remote to get some pretty smooth looking moves. In its current configuration, it won't ever replace a jib head because super fast moves still introduce some settle, but are some good possibilities here.
Sphere-orama / Gigapan photography - No code for this yes, but why not?
Additionally, I tried to make parts reusable with Chris and Jay's DP stuff where possible. The shutter outputs, and power are compatible.
I think it is a great little rig. Check out some of the time lapse motion control shots on the demo reel.
There is more information on the website and I will be updating the forums with a bit more technical details in the upcoming days. Hope you folks like it!
Brian Burling - email is brian at emotimo dot com