The zeropod is an ultra light alternative to a tripod for stabilising photographs on the go. It is a retractable line that is pulled in tension to restrict minor shake, the unit plugs into the tripod mount of the camera and connects to a special camera strap.
The product was designed in response to frustration at the ergonomic difficulties of carrying a DSLR camera and tripod, especially travelling.
The tripod is essential for many low light conditions but is simply too large and bulky and miniature tripods are not suitable for many situations as they require a surface to be placed upon and restrict creative control.
An extra product category was needed.
The zeropod is my final year project in the Dublin Institute of Technology product design course.
Observational research and interviews were key to understanding the behaviour and needs of photographers, combined with studies into load supporting structures in nature and the built environment there was a good base for concept development.
Sketching led to the chosen concept which was refined over the course of many prototypes to the working model that is shown in the video.