SelfieBot for Advanced Time-Lapse Control

As seen on Atmel’s blog, the SelfieBot seems ideal for use as a videoconferencing device, especially if you want to show a procedure to someone remotely. For DIYTripods though, what is really interesting to me is its capability as an advanced time-lapse mount.

The SelfieBot can hold a GoPro camera or a smartphone, and can extend filming times with its internal battery. Once set up, it can then pan and tilt your device in a controlled manner. On the other hand, I suppose you could use one mount to instruct others on how to use the device for time lapses. You can make your own using information found on, or you can simply buy one.

On the other hand, if you just want a simple panning device, here’s how to make one using an egg timer.

The GoWorx FreeRide Review

goworx freeride review

I and most people that visit this site love GoPro cameras, but smartphones have, of course, gotten to the point that they take very good video. GoWorx’s new FreeRide mount takes advantage of this with a mount that attaches to their handle (my review), the included tripod mount, or a standard GoPro quick-disconnect clip.

They were nice enough to send me one to try out, and it seems to work as advertised with my Moto G phone, securely cradling it in a foam-lined clamp. I attached the phone with a relatively thin case still on it, and that didn’t seem to cause any issues. Honestly, I imagine you could mount some point-and-shoot cameras in it as well, but that would be of limited use these days.

Looking at the design, it does seem solid, and something that would definitely be useful. One minor issue I noticed is that the where the prongs insert into the tripod or quick-disconnect adapter, it seems a little tight. Not a big deal, and some of that could be a matter of which adapter you’re using. The other thing that might annoy some is that the plastic tensioner on top needs to be gripped securely to tighten or loosen. Again, not a big deal, and in the grand scheme of things, I’d rather have those two parts too tight rather than too loose!

You can of course get these at the link above, or they’re also available on Amazon, if you prefer that method of procurement! If you’re wondering about the mount in the first photo, more info on how to make one of those egg timer panning devices can be found here.

A Highly Improvised Hair-Tie Smartphone Bicycle Mount

hair-tie smartphone bicycle mountShowing that you can make a “DIYTripod” out of nearly anything, Trevor wrote in with his hair-tie smartphone bicycle mount, shown above mounted on his finger. This is constructed with a bike pump holder and 3 elastic hair ties. As he puts it, “anything you can collect is feedstock for an invention.”

Assembly and mountain bike testing begins in the video after the “read more.”  Mountain bike testing begins around 3:20, and a really cool feature of using a phone like this, overlaying a map of where you are, is shown just after 4:35. Although the phone never comes off of the bike, stability is somewhat of an issue, and Trevor may work on this further in the future. Continue reading