Steadiseg Rickshawat NAB
Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:39 AM
My partner, Ulik, and I will present a working prototype of the rickshaw version of the Steadiseg at NAB 2013.
It's a simple bolt-on attachment that uses all the existing Steadiseg hardware and takes 2 minutes to switch from normal operation.
The idea is to have a motorised rickshaw that requires no effort on the part of the grip, apart from having to keep up. So one grip can lead you up or downhill easily, and start and stop you quickly. You can decide speed and acceleration by shifting the rig fore and aft with the grip only steering, or the grip can control everything. We're finding it fun and intuitine both to ride and to steer, and we'd really appreciate your comments and feedback, so please visit us at the Tiffen Steadicam stand.
All the best,
Posted 02 April 2013 - 11:02 AM
Really interested to see how this has developed, I know some people who were experimenting with something similar a little while ago but I don't think they have quite managed to refine it into a final design yet.
Will pictures/marketing material/info be going up online for those of us unable to make it to NAB?
Posted 02 April 2013 - 11:12 AM
If things go well at NAB, we'll go into production immediately, so we'll be posting material on the Steadiseg website.
I'll see if I can get something up on Youtube before that.
Posted 15 April 2013 - 02:56 PM
So well, we're going into production immediately, though the first units will be for existing Steadiseg users.
Let me explain it a little more. It's basically a 4 horsepower rickshaw. As operator, you can control speed by shifting the Steadicam back and forth, or the grip can do all that for you. What works well is that you initiate and terminate moves. The grip feels this through the handle and can take off and stop in tune with you.
The grip controls steering entirely, and can override speed and bring you to a stop on a dime. On sudden stops and starts the hard-mount block tilts to compensate the accelerations, a little like Jerry's Skyman. It takes less than 5 minutes (working with a good grip, maybe 3 minutes) to go from Steadiseg to rickshaw.
It's intuitive. Anyone can get the hang of steering it with 30 minutes practice.
We don't have any real pics or footage yet, but here's some iPhone videos and a pic for now:
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All the best,
Posted 22 April 2013 - 09:50 AM
I've had access to an "original" handsfree transporter for the past couple of months, any chance there'd be a simple and effective bolt-on method to transform that one into a rickshaw as well? It looks awesome and I can't wait to give it a spin!
Posted 22 April 2013 - 12:35 PM
Other than being seated (and therefore perhaps better for low shots), what advantages does this have over a regular handsfree transporter?
Posted 22 April 2013 - 03:29 PM
I rode the steadiseg and liked it.
The operator can control the nuances of starts and stops by leaning forward or backward which is nice. Once the steadiseg is in motion the the dolly grip can take over during the middle of the shot by controlling direction and speed. Good for more complex/long shots.
Besides it being perhaps a little safer than standard segway since you have an extra set of eyes and hands, I would think it would be easier to operator since you don't have to worry about where you are or who or what you might run over or into.
I like the idea of being able to control of the steadiseg and the option of being able to give up that control to someone else when needed.
Posted 23 April 2013 - 07:04 AM
Whats the price point and with what segway? Total cost from zero to hero?
Looks good... balloon tyres?
Posted 23 April 2013 - 12:19 PM
Sorry for the delay in replying. I've been in transit.
I'm sorry to say that the Steadiseg Rickshaw uses most of the hardware of the Steadiseg, plus a few attachments. You can't modify the HT for several reasons.
It's something we developed for Larry McConkey. He wanted it for low shots and also for shooting backwards at speed. We helped him out with some attachments for World War Z, where he was being chase by running zombies, and this is a development from that. I'll use it mostly for shooting backwards in confined spaces like corridors or pavements, but also for getting really low without a superpost. As Dave comments, it's handy sometimes to let someone else steer, but still having some control over starting and stopping.
Glad you liked it!
I'll send you a detailed quote now.
All the best,
Posted 27 April 2013 - 08:19 AM
So can the operator or the grip slow or speed the thing up or slow it down?