Astro: Simple and Compact Time Lapse and Motion Control

August 16, 2012
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Astro: Simple and Compact Time Lapse and Motion Control

Industrial engineer Oscar Ramírez approached the conception process for Astro with three cornerstones in mind: Compact. Intuitive. Simple. Compared to the complicated, touchy and expensive panoramic/time lapse tripods that seem to be the norm, Astro provides a refreshing alternative.

The slim canister mounts between the camera and tripod, controlling the speed and span of the pan (a max of 30° per second) as well as the photo intervals in seconds or minutes. The rings of the device function as intuitive setting controls, like a photographic decoder ring. It seems that it will be easy enough for the casual photographer to operate yet precise enough for the professional to work with.

Design, astro, timelapse
Design, astro, timelapse
Design, astro, timelapse
Design, astro, timelapse

The designers are also developing a smartphone app for Astro to run more advanced programs in the future. The app will control "features like ramping, continuous movement, presets and HDR" and will allow users to export the program to Astro, making it unnecessary to rely solely on smart phone tethering for control.

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By backing the Astro Kickstarter project, you essentially pre-order an Astro while supporting the ramp up of the bulk production process—the final design and functions are fully tested and complete.

Design, astro, timelapse

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Ward Andrews

Ward Andrews

Hi, I'm Ward Andrews. I started Design.org in 2009, you can read about why here. Thanks for participating in the Design.org Community. I also run an interactive agency called Drawbackwards. I love basketball, electronic music and creating experiences that improve daily life. You can follow me on Twitter @wardandrews.

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