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Thursday, April 15, 2010

DIY Droid Tripod Mount

I've been tinkering about with making panoramic pictures lately and when I'm out and about my Droid is the only camera I have. But taking panorama quality pictures with it is pretty tough. So last night I whipped together a very simple tripod mount.


It's pretty self explanatory...here's what you need:
  • Wood, I used 3/8" pine from the scrap pile.
  • Small screws
  • Wood glue
  • Drill and bits (1/4" for standard tripod screw)
  • Saw (I prefer the small teeth of a hack saw for little stuff like this.)
  • Paint
I had some in progress pics but Windows ate them. Essentially the only part I measured accurately was the slot the droid slides into, other than that it was just eyeballed. Two small screws hold the upright pieces (wood glue also). I used some paint I had from a robot project. Tripod screw threads right into the wood. I spent nothing upfront on this project...I'd estimate cost around $1 of material and maybe 30 minutes time went into it.
It fits quite snugly. Some sanding before painting helps keep it from scratching the phone (some cloth might be a nice feature...). Its not great if you need to tilt, but a strategic rubber-band can solve that.

Now I can toss it in my glove box put the tripod in the trunk and any panoramic scenes I drive by will no longer be lost opportunities.

(Stitched w/ Hugin)