I've been working on an easier-to-use version of the gyro stabilization system I posted about a few months ago. It turns out that there is just enough space in a standard servo to put all the gyro electronics and microcontroller inside a standard servo. Doing this creates a gyro-stabilized servo that just drops in and installs like any other servo.
The GS-1 starts with a commercial servo (a Futaba S3004 analog servo with ball bearings), but replaces the circuit board with a board of my own design. In addition to the gyro functions, the new circuit makes the servo into a digital servo.
This servo works best for stabilizing tilt and roll axes. I hope to have a solution for pan as well, but that is proving to be a tougher problem.
I expect that the main advantage of the GS-1 will be to keep the camera pointed in the same direction while the rig swings back and forth. This will help for both still images and for movies. But, like many new products, I expect to learn from users about what works the best.
Currently, I am looking for about 10 beta testers for this product. The beta testing process would involve buying the servo(s) and trying it out. Feedback from people (good or bad) will help me refine the hardware and software. There may be some back-and-forth shipping to upgrade the software during the testing phase, so I am only considering testers in the U.S. at this time.
You can visit my GS-1 web page
to get more information about the GS-1 gyro servo.