Handsfree camera mount with Mobius

Handsfree camera mount

Handsfree camera mount is easiest to make than you think. I saw many people on YouTube struggling with using various cameras, ranging from smartphones to GoPro cameras, and sometimes really big cameras. Sometimes people using tripod, which is between them and the object of interest. Tripod is fine, but it is great obstacle for free movement. So, idea is not new – but for some reason people are not aware of this possibilities. For this reason I made this page and next video about how handsfree camera mount should looks like.

Video about Mobuis camera mount:

Why exactly Mobius camera?

Because it is slim, it has lens at ‘proper place’, can record up to 2 hours, and it is lightweight. Video quality is excellent – 1080p, 30 fps, which is good for everything. Just charge battery, insert microSD card (can be up to 64 GB with ‘exFAT’ setting, or 32 GB with ‘standard’ FAT setting), and record your video. Price for the Mobius camera is affordable, it cost about $70 US. Just need to add some nice microSD card, preferably class 10 or better.

Camera is upside-down

Yes. In the mSetup, chose video setting and 180 degree rotation:

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Now, video will be automatically rotated 180 degrees, so no need to do anything special in post-processing of the video. For better video quality, you may chose ‘video data rate’ high, but I found that everything from ‘low’, ‘standard’ up to ‘high’ works fine. It is not so drastic improvement, but anyway I am using ‘high’ if possible.

Video example:

How to fix camera holder under baseball hat

All you need your favorite baseball hat, nylon thread and some strong needle. Since this thread is very strong, you no need too much of it, just be sure that it is firmly fixed, and that camera is exactly in the center and oriented correctly, so that video is not angled. Using nylon thread is just one suggestion, you may use what is handy to you.

Some pictures – so simple:

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Handsfree Mobius camera is ready for filming

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Happy filming!

DPS3005 Digital Power Supply

DPS3005, 0-30 V, 0 – 5 A Laboratory power supply

DPS3005 is 30V, 5A adjustable power supply. It has great options as is: over-voltage protection, over-current protection and overpower protection. This setting is for maximum ratings that you apply before anything else. For example, if you read datasheet for some electronic product, and it says has some maximum voltage and/or current ratings, you may set this values as a maximum values – where PSU will cut off power in the case that those limits are reached.

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Input parameters

Input voltage should be 1.1 V above maximum wanted voltage, but not less than 6 V.  Absolute maximum voltage should be no more than 35V. So, when constructing power supply, transformer with rectifier and filter capacitors (electrolytic capacitors) should not go over that value of 35 volts. In the case of 35 V input, it can give us little bit over 32 V output. For those who want higher voltage, there is another model: DPS5005, which gives up to 50 V (little bit more). Both are 5 A output capable.

Video review

Here is one video that describes main functions of DPS3005 PSU:

Simple connections

Just provide ‘+’ and ‘-‘ wires at +Vin and -Vin, then connect wires for the output at +Vout and -Vout, and that is all. Output ripple voltage is 100 mV peak to peak. It can be further filtered by external capacitors, for example 100 nF + 100 uF capacitors paralel to Vout connectors. Ripple voltage is at relatively high frequency (not 50/60 Hz), thus easy to filter out. Some inductive coil (choke) can be added in series between Vout connectors and capacitors mentioned above for even better filtering. DPS3005 is very good protected device – even repeated short circuit at output is tolerated.

Constant voltage

For most application we want constant voltage. Just pres yellow button with V/up (arrow up), then rotate dial. Dialing button has option to select precision of increments, so push button and select steps at which it will change numbers on the display: 0.001 V, 0.01 V, 0.1 V, 1 V or 10V steps. If there are no over-voltage event, it will work fine.

Constant current

Sometimes we need constant current limitation. The same steps as with Constant voltage, but this time bottom yellow button pressed to chose constant voltage settings.

Electronic circuit breaker

There is no such thing per se, but rather interesting way to protect circuit from over-voltage, over-current and over-power protection. In the menu, selected after pressing yellow ‘SET’ button, using arrows (also yellow buttons up/down), there are options to set ‘OVP’, ‘OCP’ and ‘OPP’ protections. OVP is for over-voltage protection – sometimes may happen that our circuit is connected to other PSU, and ‘back-fire’ some higher voltage out, so this OVP will react and turn off PSU. OCP reacts exactly as circuit breaker, which just turn off peacefully whole PSU. OPP is new thing – it calculates power based on formula P=I*U (power equals current multiplied by tension), and reacts depending of our settings in the menu for OPP.

Conclusion

It is cheap and affordable PSU. Only what you need to add is some transformer with rectifier and filtering capacitors, or as I did use another existing non-regulated PSU and you have really good regulation, protection and accuracy. Accuracy is about 0.1% which is really good for prices less than $30 US – on Banggood, DPS3005, or DPS5005 version.

Stay tuned!