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396419000 - CAMERA SUPPORT

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20100150543CAMERA STAND AND COVER - A stand for a camera with a threaded receptacle is disclosed. The stand includes a base. at least two wings hinged to the base, and amounting peg adapted to attach a camera to the base.06-17-2010
20090190917Photographic equipment support - A photographic equipment support comprises a rotating seat for connecting with a photographic equipment; two legs provided below the rotating seat; two clamping devices provided on free ends of the legs, respectively, for fastening to a waist belt; and at least one strap to be worn around a user's back for hanging the support in front of the user's chest.07-30-2009
20130034348Systems, Apparatus, and Methods for Stabilizing Mobile Devices - Systems, apparatus, methods, etc. for stabilizing mobile devices. Various embodiments provide stabilizers which comprise a counter weight lever, a counter weight, and a handle. A yaw axis defined by a pivot point which can extend through a side of the mobile device. Moreover, the lever couples to the mobile device near its proximal end and to the counter weight at its distal end. Furthermore, the handle pivots about the mobile device at a point on the yaw axis of the mobile device. Additionally, the handle and the mobile device are biased toward each other along the yaw axis. In some embodiments the stabilizer includes a bi-conical joint or a tapered edge joint which defines the pivot point. Some stabilizers include a hinge pin to which the counter weight lever and mobile device are coupled. Furthermore, the handle can be biased toward the pivot point along the pitch and/or roll axes.02-07-2013
20130034347ARTICULATED JIB FOR MOVING A CAMERA DURING THE PRODUCTION OF A MOTION PICTURE - An articulated jib for moving a load is supported on a base and comprises a first jib arm pivotably connected to a base. The first jib arm functions as a bascule and is pivotable about a first axis. There is a first counterweight disposed on the first jib arm. A second jib arm is pivotably connected to the first jib arm and is pivotable about a second axis. A linking rod connects the second jib arm to a lever arm which is also pivotably connected to the base. There is a second counterweight disposed on the lever arm.02-07-2013
20120207463System for Storing a Camera for Quick Use - A system for mounting a camera to an arm is disclosed. Specifically, the system can comprise a bracket system capable of supporting a camera; and an arm mount, wherein the bracket system connects to the arm mount. The system can also comprise a hinge system that mounts bracket system to arm mount. The hinge system can comprise a first portion and a second portion. The first portion can connect to the bracket system, and the second portion can connect to the arm mount.08-16-2012
20100098405Monopole Platform System for a Camera - A support structure for supporting an image capture device generally comprises a base, a first vertically oriented, elongated support member supported by the base, and a mechanism that provides tilting and panning of the device relative to the first support member, and elevation of the device along the first support member. Preferred bases include bases that are foldable and/or rotatable, and ones that have a leveling device coupled to the base. Preferred support members can be rotatable relative to the base.04-22-2010
20100040361DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE, COMPRISING A ROTATABLY MOUNTED CAMERA UNIT - The invention relates to a device for a motor vehicle, comprising a rotatably mount ed camera unit (02-18-2010
20080267612Miniaturized turret-mounted camera assembly - A light weight camera mounting assembly allowing for tilt and pan of a camera through a significant portion of a spherical rang of view with minimal parts count, minimal weight and minimal weight in the rotated portion of the assembly. A retraction/extension assembly for a light weight camera with minimal weight and complexity. Doors which open to allow a camera to extend beyond the surface of a vehicle and close to protect the camera and allow for landing of the vehicle without external skids.10-30-2008
20130051783SUPPORT HEAD FOR AN OPTICAL OR VIDEO-PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS - A support head for an optical or video-photographic apparatus comprises a first body (02-28-2013
20130051782ROLL-TILT BALL TURRET CAMERA HAVING COILED DATA TRANSMISSION CABLE - In one embodiment, a ball turret assembly for supporting a camera includes a first shaft rotatable about a first axis relative to a first fixed point, the first shaft having an axially-extending interior region in communication with an exterior of the first shaft by way of a first exit port. A first guide disposed at least partially circumferentially on the first shaft proximally to the first exit port is provided, and a cable extends along the interior region of the first shaft and exits the first shaft at the first exit port, the cable looping at least partially around the first shaft and affixed at the first fixed point.02-28-2013
20090317071System for the Remote Control of Setting Up a Supporting Head for Optical and/or Photo-Cinematographic Equipment - This invention describes a system for the remote control of setting up an adjustable head for optical and/or photo-cinematographic equipment comprising an adjustable head for mounting by adjustable setting-up of optical and/or photo-cinematographic equipment, at least one servomechanism for locking and/or unlocking and/or setting up a movable part of the head in relation to a fixed part thereof, as well as remote control means of said servomechanism for setting up the head comprising at least one pushbutton control, remote in relation to the servomechanism, that can be operated by the user while he is holding said equipment.12-24-2009
20090097840CAMERA MULTI-MOUNT - A multi-mount apparatus for devices such as camera heads or lights on the end of a crane arm is disclosed. The multi-mount can include two substantially parallel side plates connected together with internal support members. A top mounting plate can be rotatably attached to the multi-mount at a top pivot point on the side plates. The multi-mount contains a leveling head, which can include a motor that drives a worm gear engaged with a moon gear. A bottom mounting plate can be attached to the moon gear, which is rotatably attached to the multi-mount at a bottom pivot point on the side plates. A motor drives a moon gear to rotate and maintain the bottom mounting plate at a desired orientation. In some embodiments, one or more push/pull rods rotatably attached to the bottom and top mounting plates also cause the top mounting plate to be maintained at the same orientation as the bottom mounting plate.04-16-2009
20090041450Slide copying device - A photographic transparency copying device wherein a camera is positioned to focus on a transparency mounted on the outer wall of an open-top laterally closed light diffuser chamber, the location of which is continuously adjustable in three dimensions. A halogen bulb directs light into the top of the diffuser chamber.02-12-2009
20130058639Camera Mounting Device - The present camera mounting device is designed as an paintball marker or gun accessory. It can be used with either still or video cameras. It is comprised a bracket and an adjustable clamp. The bracket is comprised of a horizontal member and a vertical member that are connected at ninety degree angles to each other. The clamp is attached to the vertical member of the bracket with a screw. To use the mounting device, a camera is either top mounted or bottom mounted to the horizontal member via a thumbscrew. The adjustable clamp fits onto the barrel of a paintball marker, gun or rifle. The diameter of the clamp is adjusted by releasing a lock on the locking clamp screw on the clamp and turning the screw either clockwise or counter clockwise.03-07-2013
20130058638SUPPORT HEAD FOR AN OPTICAL OR VIDEO-PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS - A support head for an optical or video-photographic apparatus, comprises a first body (03-07-2013
20130064537CAMERA ROTATION MECHANISM AND PORTABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS THEREWITH - The invention discloses a camera rotation mechanism and a portable electronic apparatus therewith. The camera rotation mechanism includes a rotatable carrier, a bearing structure, and a rotating mechanism, which are disposed in a casing. The rotatable carrier includes a carrier body and a rotatable shaft connected to the carrier body and bore by the bearing structure. A camera module is disposed on the carrier body such that a lens of the camera module is exposed through a lens hole of the casing. The rotating mechanism is connected to the rotatable shaft and includes a rotation operation part partially exposed through a slot hole of the casing and capable of being rotated to rotate the carrier body through the rotatable shaft. Therefore, a user can use the camera rotation mechanism to adjust the disposition angle of the lens, which solves the impossibility of adjusting a fixed camera in the prior art.03-14-2013
20120195585Mounting Assembly and Systems for Attachment of Objects to a Tripod - A universal mounting assembly for the rapid mounting of an object to a stand device is described. The mounting assembly includes a body having a support surface, a front face and an opposed mounting surface, wherein the assembly is configured to mount to a support stand, such as a tripod. The body further includes at least two resilient, adjustable and articulating retaining arms disposed along at least two edges of the body, which allow for the sliding receipt of both the transverse width and longitudinal width, as well as the thickness dimension, of the object to be mounted. The back face of the body further defines at least two receiving ports extending from the support surface and oriented substantially perpendicular to each other. The mounting assembly is particularly useful in mounting a variety of camera phones, small cameras, and video phones to a stand device, such as a tripod.08-02-2012
20090148151OMNI-DIRECTIONAL CAMERA SYSTEM - Apparatus operable to change direction of an optic axis of a camera, the apparatus comprising: a first platform rotatable about a first axis of rotation; a second platform rigidly connected to the first platform; a camera mounting plate mounted to the second platform so that the mounting plate is rotatable about a second axis; and at least one piezoelectric motor coupled to the first platform and the mounting plate operable to selectively rotate the first platform about the first axis and the mounting plate about the second axis.06-11-2009
20130163978SUPPORT HEAD OF THE BALL JOINT TYPE FOR VIDEOPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUSES - A support head (06-27-2013
20090010637Adjustable mount for securing a camera, video camera, etc. to another member - An adjustable mount is disclosed for securing a piece of equipment 01-08-2009
20130163977Camera Barrel Mechanism - Novel tools and techniques are described for protecting camera components on a surface and/or within an internal portion of a portable electronic device. In one aspect, an electronic device might comprise a camera mount, which might comprise a camera barrel assembly configured to have a camera affixed thereto, the camera barrel assembly being rotatably coupled with one of a front panel, a rear panel, or a chassis of the electronic device. The camera mount may further comprise a set of cantilever springs affixed to one of the front panel, the rear panel, or the chassis and biased against the camera barrel assembly to provide rotational friction on the camera barrel assembly. The set of cantilever springs might have sufficient compliance to allow the camera to retract into a body of the portable electronic device upon encountering an external force, which may include an impact force or a dropping force.06-27-2013
20120237196CAMERA PLATFORM LOCKING DEVICE - A camera platform locking device, including a housing, for preventing the components from exiting; in the housing from the top down are configured: a sphere, for providing a support to the camera; a locking mechanism, arranged underneath the sphere, for working with the housing to lock the sphere inside the housing; a platform base, arranged underneath the locking mechanism, and fixedly connected to the housing, for providing a support to the locking mechanism. A camera platform locking device of this invention may allow two regulating assemblies to gain distinguished moving distances for achieving different regulation purposes when rotating each knob of the regulating assemblies with the same angle so as to improve the regulation performance of the locking device.09-20-2012
20090304377ROTARY JOINT DEVICE, SUPPORT FRAME AND CAMERA APPARATUS - The invention provides a rotary joint device and a support frame and a camera apparatus therewith. The rotary joint device includes a first rotary member, a second rotary member, and a positioning device. The first rotary member includes a first positioning recess space and a second positioning recess space. The second rotary member is pivotally engaged to the first rotary member and includes a hole. The positioning device includes a body, a resilient, and a positioning part. The body includes an accommodating space. The resilient is accommodated in the accommodating space and is connected to the body and the positioning part respectively. The body is disposed in the hole and is connected to the second rotary member. The positioning part is urged against the first rotary member and is accommodated in the first positioning recess space or the second positioning recess space.12-10-2009
20110280565DUAL LOOP CAMERA STABILIZATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A method for stabilizing a camera platform includes generating a first signal from a platform sensor, such as a gyro sensor, on the camera platform indicative of a change in angular position of the camera platform. The first signal is added to a control signal provided from a camera platform position controller, typically operated by the camera operator. A first correction value based on the sum of the first signal and the control signal is calculated. A second correction value is calculated based on a signal from an encoder associated with a motor linked to the camera platform. Adding the first correction value and the second correction value provides a motor control signal which is amplified and used to control the motor.11-17-2011
20110280566SUPPORT FOR VIDEO-PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS - A support (11-17-2011
20100266272Folding Camera Support with Rotational Inertia Adjustment - A folding, adjustable camera support having a central post secured in one or more central post holders. A first camera equipment support component having a distal end and a proximate end is adjustably attached at its proximate end to one of the one or more central post holders, and is configured to adjust between an operative position and a folded position via an adjustment mechanism. The distance of the camera equipment is adjustable radially from the central post. A second camera equipment support component is similarly configured and adjustable with respect to the central post, and can balance the first camera equipment component.10-21-2010
20120288268Miniature Mounting Apparatus - A miniature tripod assembly adapted to mount to the bottom of a camera, or other device, and to be small enough to fit within the profile of the device. The miniature tripod assembly may use ball and socket joint connectors which, when interconnected, form a flexible assembly. In some embodiments, the ball and socket joint connectors utilize an over-molded strip around the outside of the connector to facilitate in their use for gripping. In some embodiments, device may use flexible and extendable legs.11-15-2012
20120027396ELECTRONIC DEVICE, CONNECTION DETECTION METHOD AND CONNECTION DETECTION SYSTEM - Disclosed herein is an electronic device connected to a camera main body and having an actuator, the electronic device including: a detection terminal adapted to come into contact with a terminal used by the camera main body to detect the connection to the electronic device when the electronic device is connected to the camera main body; a detection section adapted to detect the voltage of the detection terminal; a connection detection section adapted to detect the connection status to the camera main body based on the change in the voltage detected by the detection section; and a control section adapted to control the operation of the actuator based on the connection or disconnection to or from the camera main body detected by the connection detection section.02-02-2012
20110008037Camera elevator dolly - A camera dolly has a base on which an elevator is mounted. The elevator has a sliding shelf for mounting a camera, a counterweight to balance the weight of the camera. A fixed shelf is provided to hold accessories such as a video monitor. The base is provided with removable wheels for use on most surfaces. The base also has rollers which move along a track made of PVC pipe or hoses filled with compressed air. An alternative embodiment has the camera mounted to a sliding mount connected to the base. A tripod may also be mounted on the base.01-13-2011
20090129769CAMERA MOUNT - A camera mount securely attaches to a variety of mounting surfaces and holds a motion activated camera in a desired position. The camera mount permits the camera mount to positioned as desired on the mounting the mounting bracket which has a camera plate pivotally attached thereto.05-21-2009
20090148150FILM CAMERA HEAD - HEAD FOR FILM CAMERAS, of the type that comprises a supporting frame with means for automated and remotely controlled movement about three orthogonal axles aa′, bb′, cc′, said head (06-11-2009
20100266271BALL-AND-SOCKET TYPE HEAD FOR SUPPORTING OPTICAL OR VIDEO-PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT - A ball-and-socket type head (10-21-2010
20120106944CAMERA MOUNTING ASSEMBLY - A camera mounting assembly includes a base member or plate for holding a camera and a side member or plate. In an exemplary embodiment, lower slots on the base plate or side slots on the side plate are gripped by a vertical support's quick-release mechanism to mount the camera in a landscape or portrait orientation, respectively, the camera being generally centered and evenly balanced over the support in either case. The side member is detachably fastened to the base member, which modular construction permits separately timed purchase of the base member and side member as allowed by the user's budget and further permits breakdown of the assembly for ease of transport. The side member may be generally L-shaped with a lower arm length less than the side arm length, which also facilitates transport. Other components may be detachably added such as a hand grip facilitating freehand shooting with the camera.05-03-2012
20110200320ELECTRONIC DAMPENING FOR A CAMERA CRANE - A camera platform may be stabilized by reducing or avoiding oscillating movement, when active stabilization systems are not used. A passive dampener resists the back driving of the motors used in the active stabilization system. This dampening or resistance to back driving the motors in turn dampens movement of the camera platform. Oscillations are reduced or avoided and the camera platform may return more quickly and smoothly to a level position. The dampener may be provided as an add-on or temporarily electrically switched in accessory. The dampener may include a circuit that connects the first and second motors of the active stabilization system in series, and connects the series output of the two motors to a variable resistor through a rectifier. A transistor may be with the variable resistor to provide for more linear adjusting and a more compact variable resistor.08-18-2011
20090110389CAMERA INTEGRATED WITH DEFORMABLE SUPPORTING STRUCTURE - A camera includes a body having a front plate and a rear plate, a lens module mounted on the front plate, a slot defined in the rear plate, and an elongated deformable wire. The deformable wire is received in the slot, and the deformable wire is deformable between a first configuration where the deformable wire is received in the slot, and a second configuration where the deformable wire is released from the slot and reshaped to support the body on an object.04-30-2009
20100061711Mount System For Attaching Camera To A Sport Board - A camera mount is configured to attach a camera to a sports board. A camera is secured to the mount, which is secured to a sports board. The mount can secure to the sports board via an attachment device such as an embedded plug. The mount can be placed at the front or rear of the sports board. Furthermore, the mount can be configured to face either forwards or backwards to capture images and/or video from different viewpoints while participating in the board activity. Moreover, the mount includes a pivoting joint to allow a user to rotate the camera either upward or downward and then secure the camera at a fixed angle to capture images and/or video from different angles.03-11-2010
20080205877MODULAR PAN AND TILT SYSTEM - A modular pan and tilt system includes a combination of inline and/or right angle rotational platforms. The platforms each include a housing having a cross-section of uniform dimensions extending from a first end toward a second end and a drive motor mounted within the housing having an output shaft parallel to a long axis of the housing. A mounting plate is driven at an axis of rotation by the output shaft and has at least one attachment fixture for securing the mounting plate to equipment for positioning or a mounting surface. The right angle platform includes a right angle drive gear train attached to the output shaft. A clamping block has two pair of parallel mounting holes mounted at right angles to each other. The mounting holes are sized and shaped to fit slidably about the housings. A securing fixture holds the housings in any two of the mounting holes.08-28-2008
20080267613APPARATUSES AND SYSTEMS FOR SUPPORTING AND POSITIONING CAMERAS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT - Apparatuses and systems for supporting and positioning cameras and other equipment are disclosed herein. An apparatus for supporting a camera in accordance with one embodiment of the invention can include one or more bendable support members extending from a camera holding portion. In this embodiment, each of the bendable support members includes a plurality of shaped outer portions arranged on an elongate, bendable core. In one embodiment, the bendable core can include a plastically deformable material that retains its shape after being bent with little or no spring-back, and each of the shaped outer portions can include spherical portions formed from a resilient, elastomeric material.10-30-2008
20080240706ACTUATOR - An actuator includes a rotor, a stator containing the rotor, and a bearing to support the rotor to be rotatable with respect to the stator about the central axis of the rotor and an axis perpendicular to the central axis. The rotor includes rotor central magnetic poles, a rotor upper magnetic pole, and a rotor lower magnetic pole. The stator includes stator central magnetic poles larger in number than the rotor central magnetic poles, stator upper magnetic poles, stator lower magnetic poles, central coils to appropriately magnetize the stator central magnetic poles, upper coils to appropriately magnetize the stator upper magnetic poles, and lower coils to appropriately magnetize the stator lower magnetic poles. The length of each stator central magnetic pole along a central axis of the stator is larger than a length of each rotor central magnetic pole along the central axis of the rotor.10-02-2008
20090162049IMAGING DEVICE - This attempts to lighten the burden on users when lifting a camera head from a table side. The camera holding arm 06-25-2009
20120070144PANORAMIC CAMERA MOUNT - A panoramic device includes a base member and a clamp member rotatably interconnected within a single plane of rotation with the base that includes a first rotatable knob to selectively inhibit the rotation of the clamp member with respect to the base. The upper surface includes a central region that is at a different elevation than another portion of the upper surface. The clamp includes a pair of opposed surfaces suitable to detachably secure a camera thereto. The one of the opposed surfaces is maintained in a fixed relationship with respect to the clamp member. The other one of the opposed surfaces is in a movable relationship with respect to the clamp member using a second rotatable knob. The first knob and the second knob are rotatably connected with respect to one another.03-22-2012
20120070143HYDRAULIC STOP VALVE FOR A CAMERA CRANE - A stop valve for a camera support such as a telescoping camera crane may include a valve pin engagable onto a valve seat, with a pin plate attached to the valve pin. A spring urges the valve pin in a first direction, which may be an opening direction or a closing direction. First and second dampener pins in first and second cylinders are attached to the pin plate. A closed loop fluid filled flow path connects the first and second cylinders. First and second check valves may be used to control flow in the flow path.03-22-2012
20090052885Carriage having a running direction adjustment device for performing circular travels, in particular for film or video shots - A carriage, in particular a camera carriage, includes at least three running rollers (02-26-2009
20110222842THEFT DETERRING ADJUSTABLE, TRANSPORTABLE, OUTDOOR CAMERA SUPPORT ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USE - An adjustable locking camera support assembly is provided. The assembly includes a camera support assembly and a ground engaging assembly. The camera support assembly includes a first support in telescopic communication with a second support, a camera mount pivotally connected to the first support, and a support plate connected to the second support, the support plate includes a first aperture forming a passage to a hollow portion of the second support, and a second aperture. The ground engaging assembly includes a retention plate having a first side opposing a second side, an orifice carried by the retention plate, a first member connected to the first side of the retention plate, the first member being removably received by the first aperture and hollow portion of the second support of the camera support assembly, and a second member connected to the second side of the retention plate, the second member carrying an auger. An anchor member is removably received by the retention plate orifice and adapted to removably engage a passage carried by the first member. A locking mount is carried by the retention plate, the locking mount being removably received by the second aperture of the support plate of the camera support assembly.09-15-2011
20090103913MULTIFUNCTIONAL SUPPORTING FRAME FOR A WEB CAMERA - A multifunctional supporting frame for a web camera, comprises a movable supporting clamping seat having a hollow rectangular receiving chamber; the rectangular receiving chamber being formed by an upper L shape sheet, a middle U shape sheet, and a lower enclosed rectangular sheet; one lateral side of the L shape sheet being extended with a sheet plate; at least one guide post being extended from one surface of the sheet plate; the guide posts being combined with springs so as to be formed as a telescopic structure which is adjustable to have a desire width for clamping an object; and a bendable shaft seat formed by an upper U shape plate and a lower U shape plate which are pivotally engaged. A lens set is installed above the movable supporting clamping seat by using a lens set pin seat.04-23-2009
20090003822HAND-HELD PHOTOGRAPHIC SUPPORT SYSTEM - A hand-held photographic support system consists of a telescoping shaft having an elongated handle at a first end, and a camera platform at a second end. A view screen is positioned on the handle. A camera positioned on the camera platform is in communication with the view screen, so that a user may view on the view screen images seen by the camera when positioned remotely from the user on the telescoping shaft in an extended positioned. In one embodiment, the system may be coupled to a second support device, such as a tripod or monopod.01-01-2009
20090220225Camera support and respective camera assembly - A camera support comprises a baseplate on which first and second engaging means are formed for releasably engaging first and second portions of a camera body displaced along the baseplate in an engaging direction. The first engaging means defines an abutment position for the first portion of the camera body, and the second engaging means defines a space between two sidewalls for slidably receiving a web of second portion of the camera body, and wherein one of said sidewalls is displaceable towards the other and is coupled to a trigger of the first engaging means so as to clamp the web between the sidewalls when the trigger is operated by the first portion reaching the abutment position. A camera support of this kind can be used advantageously for a respective camera assembly, for example a superexpander.09-03-2009
20100296807Camera Holding Module and Device for Relief Shooting - The invention relates to a camera holding module for stereoscopic shooting, characterised in that it comprises: a carriage mobile in translation (11-25-2010
20100189430IMAGING DEVICE - In an imaging device 07-29-2010
20100178048Camera carrier - The invention is a camera holder, comprising an upper rigid element adapted for suspension from a substantially horizontal strap or belt and a lower rigid element with a substantially circular portion and a substantially rectangular portion, the substantially rectangular portion further comprising a coupling means adapted to enable flexible coupling of the lower rigid element to the upper rigid element. According to the invention, a coupling means of the lower rigid element allows it to alternatively be positioned substantially parallel to or substantially perpendicular to the upper rigid element, so that the lower rigid element, when positioned substantially perpendicular to the upper rigid element, is capable of supporting the weight of a camera or similar portable device. The diameter of the substantially circular portion of the lower rigid element is sufficiently large to permit passage of lenses or similar appurtenances of a camera or similar portable device.07-15-2010
20100220992Miniature Mounting Apparatus - The present invention is directed towards a miniature tripod assembly adapted to mount to the bottom of a camera, or other device, and to be small enough to fit within the profile of the device. The miniature tripod assembly may use ball and socket joint connectors which, when interconnected, form a flexible assembly. In some embodiments, the ball and socket joint connectors utilize an over-molded strip around the outside of the connector to facilitate in their use for gripping. In some embodiments, device may use flexible and extendable legs.09-02-2010
20090324212MULTIPLE CHANNEL INTERFEROMETRIC SURFACE CONTOUR MEASUREMENT SYSTEM - Described is a multiple channel interferometric surface contour measurement system. The measurement system includes a multiple channel interferometer projector, a digital camera and a processor. The projector includes two or more interferometer channels. Each channel has an optical axis spatially separate from the optical axes of the other channels. Each channel projects a fringe pattern onto the surface of an object to be measured. Image data for the fringe patterns projected on the object surface are acquired by the digital camera. The processor controls the projection of the fringe patterns of different spatial frequencies, adjusts the phase of each fringe pattern and generates surface contour data in response to the camera image data. The multiple channel interferometric surface contour measurement system provides numerous advantages over conventional single channel interferometric systems, including reduced sensitivity to optical noise, improved stability and increased measurement accuracy.12-31-2009
20130136440TRIPODHEAD - In the tripod head, the resilient force adjusting mechanism includes a rotating operation part, a cam coupled to the rotating operation part and slides with the rotation of the rotating operation part, and a cam follower coming into contact with the cam surfaces of the cam, and the cam follower is supported by a counterbalancing mechanism, and the counterbalancing mechanism is configured in such a manner that the magnitude of the resilient force to be imparted on the spring is variable in accordance with the position where the cam follower comes into contact with the cam.05-30-2013
20100310249CAMERA CONTROL APPARATUS, SHOOTING DIRECTION CONTROL METHOD AND CAMERA APPARATUS - A camera control apparatus, includes two actuators, each including a piezoelectric body and a stick-shaped shaft provided on the piezoelectric body, the piezoelectric body being configured to be modified based on application of an AC voltage, a rotating part including two circular-shaped members rotatably provided, the circular-shaped members being configured to sandwich two of the shafts; an electric power source part configured to apply the AC voltage to the piezoelectric bodies; and a rotation control part configured to change a shooting direction of a camera apparatus directly connected to the circular-shaped members in rotational directions of the circular-shaped members based on the amount of rotation of the circular-shaped members.12-09-2010
20110243548IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE WITH LENS COVER AND FOLDING SUPPORT - An image capturing device includes a camera housing configured to house a set of electronic modules for generating a video stream from captured light. The camera housing includes a camera opening configured to let light enter the camera housing to be captured by the set of electronic modules. The webcam further includes a camera-housing base rotationally coupled to the camera housing, and includes a mounting base rotationally coupled to the camera-housing base. The camera housing is configured to rotate with respect to the camera-housing base to face the camera opening toward the mounting base or face the camera housing opening away from the mounting base. The webcam further includes a first hinge rotationally coupling the mounting base to the camera-housing base. With the camera opening facing toward the mounting base, the first hinge is configured such that the mounting base is foldable onto the camera opening to cover the camera opening.10-06-2011
20110243546Single Seat-Kill Camera System - There is disclosed a single seat-kill camera system and method. The single seat-kill camera may include a camera head and an elevator configured to position the camera head in one of a down position and an up position. An obstruction detector may determine whether or not a field of view of the camera head is obstructed, at least in part, when the camera head is in the down position. A controller coupled to the elevator and the obstruction detector may automatically instruct the elevator to position the camera head in the up position when the obstruction detector determines that the field of view of the camera head in the down position is obstructed.10-06-2011
20090028543APPARATUS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING PIPE WITHOUT SUSPENSION OF WATER SUPPLY AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - An apparatus for photographing a pipe without suspension of water supply and a system for controlling the same are disclosed. According to present invention, the interior of the pipe can be photographed by inserting the camera into the pipe and moving and rotating the camera without halting water supply, and information about the movement and rotation of the camera can be produced. A problem of discontinuance of using the whole pipe due to photographing of the interior of the pipe can be prevented. The camera can accurately photograph respective portions in the pipe by precisely moving forward/backward and rotating left/right or up/down. Since information about a practical position in the pipe with respect to the photographed image is provided, a user can accurately grasp a defect-position in the pipe, and can easily control the camera.01-29-2009
20110255855CAMERA HOLDER - A camera holder includes a supporting frame, a sliding block, and an adjustable assembly. The supporting frame includes a receiving cavity. The sliding block is received in the receiving cavity and slidably attached to the supporting frame. The sliding block and the supporting frame cooperatively support a camera. The adjustable assembly includes a shaft, a gear, a gear rack, a base, and a revolving head. The shaft is attached to the supporting frame. The gear is mechanically coupled to the shaft. The gear rack is meshed with the gear rack. The base is arranged on a horizontal plane and attached to an end of the gear rack to support the supporting frame. The revolving head is attached to the gear, and the revolving head is configured for rotating the gear such that the gear and the gear rack cooperatively raise or lower the camera relative to the horizontal plane.10-20-2011
20100310250SUPPORT - A support for a camera comprising a first fluid head and a second fluid head, the first fluid head being arranged to provide rotation about a first axis and the second fluid head being arranged to provide rotation about a second axis, which is perpendicular to the first axis.12-09-2010
20120033960AUXILIARY DEVICE FOR FULL-CIRCLE PANORAMIC VIDEO IMAGING - So that parallax-free images can be taken even if the camera is rotated during filming and the direction of the camera is changed to an arbitrary direction, the auxiliary device is provided with a camera body retaining part and, in an equidistant surface centered on the nodal point of the camera, a camera attachment part. Regardless of the angle the camera makes as a result of the way in which the camera attachment part is mounted to a camera support mechanism part, the nodal point of the camera remains at a fixed location.02-09-2012
20080205876Aparatus for mounting motion picture camera equipment - A positioning device for motion picture camera equipment. The positioning device includes a plurality of modular longitudinal rails, a camera mounting plate, means for slidably positioning said plate along said rails, means for joining said rails to form a suitable platform for positioning said plate.08-28-2008
20110164870LEVELLING APPARATUS - A levelling apparatus, and in one embodiment a portable levelling camera mount (07-07-2011
20110026913CAMERA CONTROL SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED PAN/TILT HEAD - An apparatus for controlling one or more cameras is provided. The apparatus includes: a mounting sled, a tilt drive motor, a tilt drive train, a pan drive motor, and a pan drive train. The mounting sled includes a camera platform between two sled runners. A lower surface of each sled runner is formed by a circular arc. The tilt drive train includes a tilt drive shaft having an axis perpendicular to the camera platform. The pan drive train includes a pan drive shaft extending along the axis of the tilt drive shaft such that it receives the tilt drive shaft and turns independently and concentrically about the tilt drive shaft. The camera platform receives a camera such that the center of gravity of the camera is aligned with the diameter of the circular arc of the sled runners and the vertical axis of the tilt and pan drive shafts.02-03-2011
20110255854TELESCOPING CAMERA CRANE - A camera crane includes an arm having a back section, a middle section telescopically extendible into and out of the back section, and a front section telescopically extendible into and out of the middle section. A camera platform is pivotally attached at or near the front end of the front section. A counterweight is movable along the back section. An arm support can support the back section at two or more positions. Consequently the pivot axis of the arm can be shifted to the front or rear, to change rear clearance requirements, counterweight requirements, and the reach of the arm. An electronic controller is linked to a motor and a sensor on a camera head, with the motor acting to keep the head level.10-20-2011
20100215355MOUNTING DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD - The present application is directed to a device for securing an object to a mountable surface. The device is configured to face the object secured thereto in any direction up to 360 degrees about the mountable surface. The device comprises a mating surface securable to the mountable surface via a tamper proof locking means and a support attached to the mating surface that is operationally configured to secure the object thereto.08-26-2010
20100158499Camera adapter support - A camera adapter support for supporting a camera in an orientation transverse to its traditional orientation includes a base member shaped and dimensioned for selective attachment to a head of a tripod. The base member includes a first end and a second end. A first upstanding member is secured to the first end of the base member. The first upstanding member includes a first end secured to the first end of the base member and a second end. The first upstanding member includes coupling structure which secures the base of the camera to the first upstanding member. A second upstanding member is secured to the second end of the base member, the second upstanding member including a first end secured to the first end of the base member for selective movement relative thereto and a second end. The second upstanding member includes a plate member and a second transverse plate coupled to the plate member. The second transverse plate is shaped and dimensioned for supporting a portion of the camera as it lies across the base member.06-24-2010
20100040360Camera mount - A camera mount including an adjustable bracket for securement to a tree trunk. The bracket has a base portion for engaging a tree trunk. A carrier portion is pivotally fastened to the base portion for movement around a first horizontal axis. A pivot portion is pivotally fastened to the carrier portion for movement around a second horizontal axis being oriented at right angles to the first horizontal axis. A tree trunk-encircling belt extends through a passageway in the base portion. A hinged support arm extends outwardly from the bracket and is pivotally fastened to the pivot portion.02-18-2010
20110116782Camera support - A camera support including a mounting bracket for securement to a tree trunk. The inner end of a multi-armed boom is connected to the mounting bracket. The first arm of the boom is pivotally connected to the mounting bracket such that the outer end of the boom can be selectively yawed from side to side. The second arm of the boom is pivotally connected to the first arm such that the outer end of the boom can be selectively yawed from side to side. The boom's third arm is pivotally connected to the second arm such that the outer end of the boom can be selectively pitched up and down. A fourth arm of the boom is pivotally connected to the third arm such that the outer end of the boom can be selectively rolled over. A camera mount is affixed to the outer end of the boom on the fourth arm.05-19-2011
20110026912Maintenance mechanism for lighting equipment in a closed space of high radiation activity - The main objective of the present invention is to provide maintenance mechanism for lighting equipment in a closed space of high radiation activity, which comprises a passage, a lamp base, a multi-section slide rail, a lighting handle, a stainless steel fixation plate, a lead glass lamp guard and a convex lead plug. On the top side of the passage there is a multi-section slide rail with the lamp base attached to move the lamp. The maintenance hole end of the passage has a convex lead plug and a stainless steel fixation plate. When the hole closes, the convex lead plug is locked to the lead plug positioning screw under the stainless steel fixation plate; while the maintenance hole opens, on the top right and top left of the stainless steel fixation plate there is a L-shaped short iron plate and a L-shaped long iron plate respectively. On the L-shaped long iron plate there is an axial screw as the axis for the convex lead plug to move and rotate. On the L-shaped short iron plate there is a lead plug positioning screw for the convex lead plug after being pulled out to have temporary fixation. At the radiation space end of the passage there is a semi-circular lead glass lamp guard for the shielding wall to be fixed without moving with the lighting equipment.02-03-2011
20110317993Apparatus for Mounting a Webcam to Another Optical Instrument - The apparatus of the present invention is enables a lens of a camera, preferably a webcam, to be in relational position with an eyepiece of a telescope or a microscope. The apparatus is comprised of two rings, a mounting ring for securing a camera therein and a mounting ring for securing the eyepiece of a scope therein. The camera mounting ring is interrelated with the scope mounting ring by means of at least one strut. At least two locking pins with a cup attached thereto are used to secure the camera within the camera mounting ring and at least two locking pins with a bracket attached thereto are used to secure the scope within the scope mounting ring. The camera mounting ring is slidably related with the strut to permit relational positioning of the camera mounting ring with the scope mounting ring such that the lens of the camera may be abutted with the eyepiece of the scope.12-29-2011
20100254697Panoramic camera mount - A panoramic device includes a base member having a flat lower surface suitable to be supported by a tripod. A clamp member has a flat upper surface rotatably interconnected within a single plane of rotation with the base that includes a first rotatable knob to selectively inhibit the rotation of the clamp member with respect to the base. The flat upper surface includes a central region that is at a different elevation than another portion of the flat upper surface. The clamp includes a pair of opposed surfaces suitable to detachably secure a camera thereto. The one of the opposed surfaces is maintained in a fixed relationship with respect to the clamp member. The other one of the opposed surfaces is in a movable relationship with respect to the clamp member using a second rotatable knob. The first knob and the second knob are rotatably connected with respect to one another. The panoramic device includes a level bubble visible on an upper surface at a location exterior to the central region of the clamp.10-07-2010
20120114324SPHERICAL MOUNTING AND POSITIONING SYSTEM - Disclosed herein is an enhanced magnetic directional mount for mounting, positioning, and orienting an electronic device such as a camera. In this enhanced mount, the base mounting surface is configured to maximize the extent of adjustment and ease of adjustability of the electronic device, and the base mounting surface and housing mounting surface are designed to provide smooth and secure movement in the electronic device position. Additionally, the enhanced magnetic mount includes attachments designed to affix the magnetic mount to a horizontal or vertical flat surface such as a desk or a wall, and an attachment designed to effectively mount and use the electronic device from a window.05-10-2012
20120301131PANORAMIC CAMERA MOUNT - A panoramic device includes a base member and a clamp member rotatably interconnected within a single plane of rotation with the base that includes a first rotatable knob to selectively inhibit the rotation of the clamp member with respect to the base. The upper surface includes a central region that is at a different elevation than another portion of the upper surface. The clamp includes a pair of opposed surfaces suitable to detachably secure a camera thereto. The one of the opposed surfaces is maintained in a fixed relationship with respect to the clamp member. The other one of the opposed surfaces is in a movable relationship with respect to the clamp member using a second rotatable knob. The first knob and the second knob are rotatably connected with respect to one another.11-29-2012
20120301130Magnetic array control system for angular orientation of an instrument - A system includes an instrument coupled to a magnetic material. The orientation of the instrument is influenced by a magnetic field generated by an array of magnetic elements. Each element of the array is controlled by a data value in a magnetic control store to produce a field strength and polarity. Overwriting the pattern in the magnetic control store will result in a magnetic field which applies a torque to the instrument and cause an azimuthal or elevational rotary movement about the center of the instrument.11-29-2012
20120207464System for Storing and Releasing a Camera for Quick Use - A first system for mounting a camera to an arm is disclosed. Specifically, the first system comprises a bracket system, an arm mount, and a hinge system. Said bracket system is capable of supporting a camera. Said hinge system comprises a clasping device having a first portion and a second portion. Said hinge system connects said bracket system and said arm mount, and said first portion and said second portion of said clasping device are capable of selectively releasing and reattaching to one another and thereby release and reattach said bracket system and said arm mount. Further, a second system for mounting a camera to an arm is disclosed. Specifically, the second system comprises a bracket system, an arm mount, and a hinge system having a bending point. Said bracket system is capable of supporting a camera. Said hinge system connects said bracket system and said arm mount. Said hinge system comprises a flexible portion comprising a flexible material. Said bending point is in said flexible portion. And, finally, said bending point serves as a pivot point for said hinge system.08-16-2012
20120207462Camera Mounting Assembly - An assembly that can be installed into the bed of a pickup truck that allows for the storage of multiple bicycles in a vertical orientation. The assembly allows for the remainder of the truck bed to store supplies that storing the bicycles horizontally does not allow. The assembly can be made of various metal alloys, including stainless steel. The assembly can also be made of wood. The base of the assembly comprises two vertical members and two horizontal members with hooks and fork mounts placed at regular intervals along the horizontal members to secure the bikes in place. Two additional horizontal members that run along the length of the truck bed are used to secure the assembly in place. Two angled support braces can also be added to the assembly to provide additional support if the lengthwise members do not provide enough support.08-16-2012
20110091196AERIAL SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR CAPTURING AN IMAGE OF A TARGET - An aerial support structure for capturing an image of a target via a camera mounted thereon includes a support platform, a frame mounted to the support platform and a beam movably attached to the frame. A camera platform suspends and is axially spaced from the support platform by a plurality of support cables. An actuator is mounted to one of the support platform and the frame, and the actuator is associated with each of the plurality of support cables. Operation of the actuator causes the beam to move with respect to the frame, thereby moving the camera platform relative to the support platform.04-21-2011
20100172643ADJUSTABLE SUPPORT HEAD FOR OPTICAL OR VIDEO/PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT - An adjustable support head (07-08-2010
20100092165CAMERA SUPPORT HEAD FOR MOTION PICTURE, TV AND LIKE SHOOTINGS - The present invention relates to a camera support head (04-15-2010
20100086295Camera Mounting System - A camera mounting system comprises a pair of rail members, a camera mount arranged to support a video camera on the pair of rail members and a base mount arranged to support the pair of rails on a tripod. The camera mount and the base mount are supported for adjustment relative to one another along the rail members. The camera mount supports the video camera thereon and is supported on the rail members by a pair of link members, each pivotally coupled at a lower end on the rail members and at an upper end on the camera mount. The linkage permits the camera mount and camera thereon to be adjusted in elevation relative to the rail members by pivoting the linkage while being arranged so as not to project below the rail members in both lowered and elevated positions such that the linkage does not interfere with relative movement between the base mount and the camera mount.04-08-2010
20100247090DISPLAY DEVICE - A display device comprises a housing, an image capture device and a screen mounted to the housing. A drive platform is mounted to the housing. The drive platform comprises: a rotatable part to which the image capture device is mounted; a stationary part having a chamber to receive the rotatable part and a capture window to expose the image capture device; and at least one piezoelectric motor which rotates the rotatable part to pan and tilt the image capture device within the capture window.09-30-2010
20100209095MULTIFUNCTIONAL DEVICE SUPPORT AND TRANSPORT APPARATUS - A multi-functional device and transport apparatus that includes a telescoping spine mechanism. The device further includes a selectively extendable axle mechanism that is operatively secured to the spine mechanism. A plurality of wheels are rotatably secured to the axle mechanism. The axle mechanism may be selectively extended to effectively increase a width of the multi-function device and transport apparatus to stabilize the apparatus.08-19-2010
20120134659PANORAMA HEAD FOR OPTICAL EQUIPMENT - A panorama head for optical equipment is provided. In one implementation, the panorama head secures a camera or other optical device and enables the camera or device to pan at a parallax-free pivot point near the lens of the camera or device. An example panorama head includes multiple features for attaching in different ways to different types of external tripods, clamps, balls, and mounts to enable panoramic panning in the portrait mode and in the landscape mode. The attachments include quick release features to switch quickly between portrait and landscape modes. In one implementation, the panorama head is constructed of two plates for low-cost, lightweight, and easy-to-use construction.05-31-2012
20120230668Camera system including six rotational axes for moving a camera - The present invention relates to a camera system having six axes of rotation for moving a camera. The camera system includes a camera robot and a tilt head for receiving and holding a camera, typically a television camera. The camera robot has an arm having five axes of rotation; the tilt head is fastened to the arm by means of a flange. The tilt head itself has only one axis of rotation which is configured for tilting the camera about this axis of rotation. The control of the tilt head is particularly simple with only one axis of rotation at the tilt head, particularly since a panning of the tilt head can take place through one of the axes of rotation on the arm and the tilt head can thus also be freely moved into different positions.09-13-2012
20120251092Articulated Sensor Support Structure - Embodiments include an assembly comprising: (a) a camera support structure comprising: a masthead disposed on the distal end of a mast wherein the masthead is configured to receive an imaging element; where a proximal end of the mast rotatably engaging an azimuth-elevation joint assembly wherein the azimuth-elevation joint assembly comprises a first angular actuator of a first rotational degree-of-freedom and a second angular actuator of a second rotational degree of freedom; and (b) a camera support structure housing comprising an aperture and a hatch wherein the hatch is resiliently biased to close the aperture; and wherein the camera support structure is configured to overcome the hatch resilient bias by at least one of: the release of a pin restraining a loaded spring and a rotational actuation of the mast via at least one of the first angular actuator and the second angular actuator.10-04-2012
20100272428MULTI-DIRECTIONAL CAMERA MOUNT DEVICE FOR A COMPOUND BOW - The present invention is a multi-directional camera mount device for mounting a camera onto a compound bow to facilitate movement and positioning of the camera. The camera mount device includes a generally planar camera base bow bracket and a generally planar and elongated camera mount swing arm that is swingably and permanently attached to the bracket. There is also a first attachment assembly to swingably and permanently attach the arm to the bracket, a second attachment assembly to attach the camera to the arm and a swingable assembly that allows swingable movement of the arm and the attached camera.10-28-2010
20100008661Camera Slider System - The camera slider system supports a camera for longitudinal sliding or rolling movement along a pair of elongate support members which are parallel and spaced apart from one another. The camera mount supporting the camera thereon is supported by a pair of link members pivotally coupled between opposing ends of the camera mount and a carriage assembly which is movable along the rails. The orientation of the camera relative to the elongate supports is readily adjustable by adjusting the pivotal link members while the camera remains supported in a very stable configuration. Rollers or bearings ensure a smooth movement of the camera along the elongate support members so that there are no undesired jerking movements in the resulting captured image.01-14-2010
20090060489DEVICE FOR CONNECTING A CAMERA TO A SUPPORTING DEVICE - A device for connecting a camera to a supporting device as provided. The device has a locking plate which includes a wedge-shaped recess with a dovetail guide which is insertable into a wedge-shaped plate with another dovetail guide. The wedge-shaped plate is connectible to the camera. The device also has a front clamping mechanism for bracing the wedge-shaped plate in the wedge-shaped recess, and in a rear region, has a rear clamp mechanism with a securing pin for engaging a guide shoe connectible to the camera. The device also includes a setting device for adjusting the front clamping mechanism along a longitudinal axis of the locking plate.03-05-2009
20120263451ANTI-GLARE CAMERA HOOD WITH INTEGRATED MOVABLE LENS - A support assembly for a camera having lens protruding from the camera includes (a) a hood having an opening to accommodate the protruding lens and a front end having a rim that lies on a single plane configured to rest snugly against a flat surface, the hood further includes a gimbaling collar around the opening to allow rotation of protruding lens around a symmetrical axis of the hood, so as to enable the camera to be positioned in any one of a number of positions that result in the protruding lens being pointed in one of a plurality of corresponding directions; (b) a base structure having a suction cup for attachment by suction on the flat surface; and (c) a connecting arm connecting the base structure to the hood.10-18-2012
20110123188Motor controlled macro rail for close-up focus-stacking photography - A motor controlled rail assembly is provided which simplifies and automates the process of taking focus-stacked pictures. This device can be used to incrementally move a camera or other photographic device a programmable distance forward or backward in precise steps relative to an external object to facilitate focus-stacked photography. The device may include a motor-driven macro rail assembly, a controller assembly and a camera, which, generally speaking, are configured as follows: a camera is attached to a macro rail carriage which is driven by the motor and controller. The device may have different modes of operation (an automatic step mode, an automatic distance mode, a total distance mode, a distance per step mode, a continuous mode and a manual mode) to yield improved results in different situations.05-26-2011
20120263450CAMERA DEVICE WITH REDUCED SIZE - A camera device includes a camera body including a camera housing which is formed into a substantially spherical shape, a bracket fixable to a vehicle, and a socket provided on the bracket into which a spherical portion of the camera housing is fittable. The camera body includes an imaging lens which is exposed from the socket. The spherical portion of the camera housing is fitted into the socket so that the imaging lens has an optical axis a direction of which is adjustable in a vertical direction and in a right-left direction relative to the socket.10-18-2012
20100021155Flexible, positionable and grasping camera or other device mount apparatus - A camera or other items positioning device including a relatively hard endoskeleton substantially covered by a softer corpulent body. A mount region is coupled to the endoskeleton and configured to permit the releasable attachment of a camera or other device. The attachment mechanism may be mechanically or magnetically based, or both. The soft body permits the devices to be readily grasped by a user and to wrap securely about mounting structures of different size and shape. Several embodiments, including tripod, extra leg and monopod embodiments, are disclosed.01-28-2010
20120269504QUICK REPOSITIONER FOR A CAMERA HEAD - An accessory for use on a camera crane has a first plate attachable to an end of the camera crane arm. A second plate is pivotally attached to the first plate and moveable into a first position and into a second position perpendicular to the first position. First and second latches secure the second plate into the first and second positions, respectively. The accessory allows a camera head on a camera crane arm to be quickly and easily reoriented.10-25-2012
20120269503Miniature Ball Tripod - The present invention is directed towards a miniature tripod assembly adapted to mount to the bottom of a camera, or other device, and to be small enough to fit within the profile of the device. The miniature tripod assembly may use a ball joint which allows for multi-axis movement of the device relative to the legs of the tripod.10-25-2012
20110243549DRIVING FORCE TRANSMITTING DEVICE AND CAMERA PLATFORM DEVICE USING THE SAME - A driving force transmitting device for driving a driven unit includes a first driving unit, a second driving unit, a driving force-transmitted portion which is attached to the driven unit and to which driving forces of the first and second driving units are transmitted, and a controlling unit for separately controlling the first and second driving units, wherein driving force transmitting portions of the first and second driving units transmit the driving forces to the driving force-transmitted portion at its different positions, and wherein when the driven unit being driven is to be stopped, the controlling unit causes the first driving unit to drive in a direction reverse to a driving direction while the second driving unit continues to drive, then causes the first and second driving units to stop in a state in which the driving forces of the first and second driving units are balanced with each other.10-06-2011
20120288269SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ADAPTING A MOUNTING DEVICE TO FACILITATE CAPTURING OF IMAGES - Systems and methods for recording images and providing a selected movement or position to a recording device include use of attachment members having a receptacle that receives and is engageable with the distal end of an elongate member of a device for mounting a camera or similar apparatus. As such, the camera may be rolled providing movement suitable for video capture or capture of other types of images that require camera movement, or otherwise positioned as needed.11-15-2012
20130011129CAMERA ASSEMBLY CAPABLE OF ADJUSTING ANGLE OF CAMERA - A camera assembly mounted in an electronic device comprises a hollow base, a first gear, a first shaft, a second gear, a second shaft, a driving device and a driving gear. The camera is received in the base and rotatably connected to the base. One end of the first shaft is fixed with the first gear, another end of the first shaft is rotatably connected with the camera. One end of the second shaft is fixed with the base, another end of the second shaft is fixed with the second gear. The driving device drives the driving gear to engage with the first gear and the second gear, respectively, which lead to the camera capable of rotating around an axis of the first shaft and an axis of the second shaft, respectively.01-10-2013
20130016963DEVICE FOR FASTENING IMAGING UNITS ON A MICROSCOPE - A device used to fasten a myriad of imaging units, including a large variety of camera enabled cell phones to a variety of optical systems, such as microscopes, in a non-restrictive, non-specific manor.01-17-2013
20130170823Mounting System for Electronics Device - The present invention relates to electronic devices of a particular structure, and to a method and apparatus for engaging and holding such devices with the user's person, clothing, equipment or vehicle. The apparatus includes a bracket that engages with the electronic device and a cover that provides protection to the electronic device and a camera lens augmentation element. Additional elements provide engagement between flat or cylindrical surfaces. The apparatus facilitates convenient carry, access and secure attachment of an electronic device during participation in a physical activity.07-04-2013
20080247747Flexible circuit connection - An apparatus, with moving parts, having a flexible circuit configured such that its fatigue life is enhanced. The apparatus includes a first component, a second component, and a positioning mechanism between the first component and the second component. The positioning mechanism enables movement of the first component and the second component between at least a proximate position and a spaced-apart position. Also included between the first component and the second component is a flexible circuit that has a first end coupled to the first component and a second end coupled to the second component. The flexible circuit is configured as a compliant spring that can extend and collapse in a predefined shape when the components are spaced-apart and proximate, respectively.10-09-2008
20080232792Miniaturised Support For Photographic Equipment Such as Video and Photographic Cameras - A miniaturised support for photographic equipment such as video and photographic cameras comprising a plate-like member capable of being fixed to, or integrated in, the equipment to be supported, and at least two flaps mounted on the plate-like member along opposite sides of same and movable between a closed position, in which both the flaps are folded behind the plate-like member, and an open position, in which the flaps are spread apart from each other as support for the plate-like member.09-25-2008
20080226284Bipod Platform System for a Camera - A support structure for supporting an image capture device generally comprises a base, a first vertically oriented, elongated support member supported by the base, a mechanism that provides tilting and panning of the device relative to the first support member, and elevation of the device along the first support member, and a second elongated support member disposed to stabilize the mechanism. Preferred bases include bases that are foldable and/or rotatable, and ones that have a leveling device coupled to the base. Preferred support members can be rotatable relative to the base.09-18-2008
20080226283Four-axis camera mount for medical purpose - A four-axis camera mount for medical purpose includes a cantilever arm having different sections separately turnable in X, Y, and Z axis; a coupling element having a camera coupled therewith; a screw rod assembly having a screw rod connected at an inner end to a motor in a base located at a free end of the cantilever arm, and a moving element mounted around the screw rod and fastened to the coupling element, so that the screw rod can be driven by the motor to rotate for the moving element and the coupling element to linearly reciprocate; and a guiding mechanism mounted to the base and having a locking plate fastened to the moving element to ensure stable linear reciprocation of the moving element and the coupling element. Therefore, the camera on the coupling element may have an increased shooting area.09-18-2008
20120251091MATERIAL IMAGING APPARATUS - A material imaging apparatus includes a base, support pillar and imaging camera divided into a camera base and a camera neck. The camera is mounted via a first shaft on the pillar so as to be pivotable between a right horizontal position where an imaging lens is located on a base right side and a left horizontal position where the lens is located on base left side. The camera neck is mounted via a second shaft on the camera base so as to be rotatable between a downwardly vertical position where when the camera assumes the right or left horizontal position, the lens is directed to the base placement surface side and lens optical axis is substantially vertical to the base placement surface, and an upwardly vertical position where the lens is directed to a side opposite the base placement surface and the optical axis assumes a substantially vertical position.10-04-2012
20130114951APPARATUSES AND SYSTEMS FOR SUPPORTING AND POSITIONING CAMERAS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT - Apparatuses and systems for supporting and positioning cameras and other equipment are disclosed herein. An apparatus for supporting a camera in accordance with one embodiment of the invention can include one or more bendable support members extending from a camera holding portion. In this embodiment, each of the bendable support members includes a plurality of shaped outer portions arranged on an elongate, bendable core. In one embodiment, the bendable core can include a plastically deformable material that retains its shape after being bent with little or no spring-back, and each of the shaped outer portions can include spherical portions formed from a resilient, elastomeric material.05-09-2013
20130183028TELESCOPING CAMERA CRANE - In a telescoping camera crane arm, a second section is telescopically extendible into and out of the first section. The second section divided into a front segment attached to a back segment by a connector, to allow the front segment to be removed from the back segment. An adapter is attachable to the front end of the first section. A camera support attachable to the adapter and to the front end of the front segment. To configure the crane for increased maximum payload, the front segment is removed from the back segment. The adapter is attached to the front end of the front section, and the camera support is attached to the adapter, so that the camera support is then supported directly by the first section. A spring balancing system compensates for out-of-balance forces associated with changes in the elevation angle of the crane arm.07-18-2013
20130121680Easily Adjustable Tripod - An easily adjustable tripod includes a main body, legs, a positioning piece, and a spring. The main body includes an adjustable connection part having protruding parts that function as gear teeth. Each leg includes a connector having two protruding side walls. The connector and the adjustable connection part are coupled with mounting screws. The positioning piece is coupled to the connector between the two protruding walls and meshes with the protruding parts on the adjustable connection part. The opening angle of the legs can be easily adjusted and fixed using the positioning piece and the adjustable connection part. The spring and the positioning piece are installed to form an organic whole, so the positioning piece can be conveniently adjusted without changing the opening angle after fixation. It is easy to close and fold the tripod because of the applied force of the spring.05-16-2013
20110243547IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE WITH LENS COVER AND FOLDING SUPPORT - An image capturing device includes a camera housing configured to house a set of electronic modules for generating a video stream from captured light. The camera housing includes a camera opening configured to let light enter the camera housing to be captured by the set of electronic modules. The webcam further includes a camera-housing base rotationally coupled to the camera housing, and includes a mounting base rotationally coupled to the camera-housing base. The camera housing is configured to rotate with respect to the camera-housing base to face the camera opening toward the mounting base or face the camera housing opening away from the mounting base. The webcam further includes a first hinge rotationally coupling the mounting base to the camera-housing base. With the camera opening facing toward the mounting base, the first hinge is configured such that the mounting base is foldable onto the camera opening to cover the camera opening.10-06-2011
20130148951HOLDING DEVICE FOR CAMERA AND CAMERA DEVICE HAVING THE SAME - A holding device for a camera includes a base and an inserting member; the base includes a limiting slot and a first wire slot formed on a bottom portion of the limiting slot; the inserting member is inserted to the limiting slot to engage with the limiting slot; the inserting member includes a second wire slot formed on a side thereof which contacts the limiting slot, and the second wire slot engages with the first wire slot after the inserting member is inserted into the limiting slot to engage with the limiting slot. The holding device of the present disclosure not only allows a user to mount a camera to hamlets, walls, or planes, but also avoids the situation where the whole holding device needs to be replaced when one of the above components is damaged.06-13-2013
20120275776CAMERA ENCLOSURE ASSEMBLY - An enclosure assembly for a camera is designed to be mounted on the frame of an optical inspection apparatus for scanning the profile of a surface of an article moving along a travel path axis, the profile being associated with a reference axis orthogonal to a reference plane parallel to the travel path axis. The camera is part of a profile sensor unit and has an optical sensing field directed toward the travel path axis to define a scanning zone associated with the surface as intersected by the optical sensing field, the profile unit further having a laser source directing at angle with the optical sensing field a fan-shaped laser beam toward the scanning zone to define an associated scanning plane transverse to the travel path axis, to generate sensor output data related the profile of the article surface. The enclosure assembly comprises an enclosure body secured to the apparatus frame and including a front end wall provided with an opening protected by an optical element made of light transparent material, and a device for mounting the camera within the enclosure body such that the camera has its optical sensing field directed toward the opening. The enclosure assembly further comprises a device mechanically coupled to the enclosure body for displacing thereof in a direction perpendicular to the profile reference axis and parallel to the scanning plane to adjust the position of the optical sensing field with respect to the scanning plane.11-01-2012
20120281976L-SHAPED HOLDER FOR OPTICAL DEVICES - An L-shaped holder for optical devices, in particular cameras, comprising a first exchangeable plate that can be fastened to the housing of the optical device by means of a screw, a second exchangeable plate and a connector having two webs separated by an angled section for connecting the two exchangeable plates, each exchangeable plate being arranged on one of the webs of the connector, which is characterised in that the exchangeable plates are connected to the connector such that the exchangeable plates can be moved on the connector.11-08-2012
20110293262PHOTO ARM SYSTEM - A photo arm is proposed here. A revolving handwheel is equipped for driving a transmission mechanism to bring the photo arm to rotate, so that a camera fixed on the photo arm can shoot from different angles along a circular path. The photo arm is also equipped with a power and signal connecting box for supplying power to the camera and transmitting image information and control instructions. Furthermore, a hoist handwheel is equipped for adjusting the height of the rotation center of the photo arm.12-01-2011
20120288267Mounting Bracket for a Camera - A camera mounting bracket for supporting a camera in a position determined by a user comprising a quick connect/disconnect mounting assemblage that has a fastener-engaging channel for securing the mounting assemblage to a camera whereby the camera is able to be quickly connected/disconnected from the mounting assemblage.11-15-2012
20130209085Camera Support Device Including Jib Arm - A camera supporting device includes a jib arm supporting a camera mount for panning and tilting movement relative to a base structure. A parallel linkage couples the camera mount at one end of the jib arm to the base structure pivotally supporting the jib arm thereon at an intermediate location. The jib arm is readily separable into two portions for storage with the parallel linkage being wholly contained within a hollow tubular member forming one of the two portions while an adjustable trim weight and counterweight support are supported on the other portion. Interchangeable indexing rings permit indexing of the panning or tilting movements.08-15-2013

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