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iPhone 4 First Person Video Headband-Case

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iPhone 4 First Person Video Headband-Case by EricYoung Oct 7, 2012

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This is a design I was working on for a headband POV video case, but put aside to work on other things. It's untested (but the initial design is finished and should be ready for testing) and was really meant to be injection molded, so it's only printable on a printer with support material. I figured I'd throw it up here since I had the files and thought some people might like the idea enough to re-design it to be more single-nozzle friendly.

Video shot with prototype POV case(with image stabilization and color adjustments from Youtube, so it's more steady, but lower quality): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYpNSIKN9g0

The idea is simple - it just uses a mirror to change the line of sight of the camera lens, allowing the phone to be mounted to the side of the head so the user can take first person video shots while keeping their hands free. I hacked together a prototype for my Android phone and took the above video. It works pretty decently, though it's shaky (like any smartphone video is). The reason there is so much bobbing up/down in the video is that each time I push my skateboard I lower my head - there wouldn't be so much bobbing if I had been riding downhill the whole time.

Use at your own risk.


The PDF file has the Bill of Materials and some basic assembly instructions. If there are any questions just let me know and I will try to help out if I can.

First zip file has all the STL's, second has all the IGS files, third has all the Solidworks files.

I used an elastic strap from a pair of ski-goggles that I bought for a few bucks at a thrift shop.

The 'foam pad' part can really be any sort of soft material and any shape. the version shown has features to fit over the top of an ear, but that really isn't necessary.

To use it you need to start the camcorder function on your phone before closing the case and putting it on your head.

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I am constructing something similar. I started with the underside plastic mesh of a hard hat. It has soft forehead padding and I used custom cut Velcro strips for the back head padding. I'm then using an extra iPhone 5s case (in my scenario) with an athletic Velcro backing. This attaches to the back of the headband. It's very smooth and elegant looking (solid black).