The camera zooms in, sweeping along the jittery movements of a skateboarder (or dancer, fitness buff or bounding toddler) with a smooth transition only found in big budget productions glistening on golden screens. This is what Aeon, a handheld GoPro gimbal developed by Aetho, offers the everyday man. And it can be in your hands in just four months.
Aetho recently wrapped up its Indiegogo campaign, doubling their goal and securing $103,554 in funds toward the development of Aeon, which promises the look of aerial-like videos through an easy-to-use stabilizer that won’t break the bank. Those who missed the chance to support the campaign can pre-order Aeon and receive it in March 2016.
“Our products connect unique hardware and innovative software through a combination of robotics, intelligent sensors, artificial intelligence and human-centered design,” said Ian Nott, the Co-Founder and CTO of Aetho, which he says “advances visual storytelling by empowering people to realize their full creative potential.”
Through Aeon, users will be relieved of shaky footage through a solid, elegant piece of equipment that features a 3-axis articulation, an LCD screen to see filming in action, a joystick for direction, and the promise of a 5-hour battery life.
The product has been in development for two years and will be issued through a hard launch early next year. It will retail for $350 USD when released.
Aeon is the vision of Nott, who has been obsessed with technology since he was a kid. His lasting interest in technology led to an industrial design focus at SCAD, which leapfrogged into a passion for drones. The limitations and legal gray areas of robotic aircraft led Nott to the idea of a tool for GoPro – “something that could allow anyone without film training to shoot professional-grade images in just ten minutes.”
The Georgia company is driven by creativity, research, development and user experience. “You can build something on a mass scale, but it means something different to everyone who uses it,” said Nott. “That’s the magic of really great human-centered design. We built a product and tested it to be something that people want.” See for yourself: