October 11, 2016

Always Wanted to Throw Your GoPro Off a Cliff? Now You Can

With the AER, you can turn your GoPro into a lawn dart, hurl it through the air, or drop it from a cliff.

There is a real beauty in the simplicity of the AER, a flechette-style mount for action cinematography. It's a nerf case for your GoPro. That's it. Stick your GoPro in the head unit and toss it through the air to get aerial shots stabilized by the four rear fins.

There are shots AER will get that a drone never could.

Yes, you could fly a drone to get some of these shots. But there are shots AER will get that a drone never could. Most obviously, the AER can get much physically closer to the subject than a drone can without causing your subject injury. In addition, the AER floats, allowing for some pretty amazing shots over water that might make most drone operators a bit nervous about their precious equipment getting knocked into the rapids.

Of course, with a drone, you'll have control over the operating; with the AER, it'll require a combination of a great throwing arm and luck. But with some practice, you should be able to get results.

AER Credit: AER

A large focus of the design was on the padding for the front of the unit while maintaining the wide GoPro field of view. Obviously, with all of the camera weight in the head, it'll most likely rotate in the air, thus crashing on the lens; as such, ample padding was built into the design to protect against damage from a head-on landing. (Luckily, the GoPro is a pretty tough camera on its own.)

The AER team is working with the experienced product design and manufacturing team HSV (read: a bunch of adventure-loving friends). They should be able to deliver the product in a timely and efficient fashion, using entirely renewable energy to boot. The team is crowdfunding now on Kickstarter and expects to deliver its first units by January.

AER at SunsetCredit: AER

Tech specs

  • Works with GoPro Hero 3, 4 and 5
  • Floats
  • 4 wings for stability
  • Comes with nylon AERbag for storage
  • Polypropylene head unit
  • Expanded Polypropylene wings and bumper

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Fun idea!
Not sure whether I like shots or not.

October 11, 2016 at 12:30PM, Edited October 11, 12:30PM

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WalterBrokx
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Welp, I backed them for one AER.
May be interesting for certain select special case shots.
Imagine a squib gun splatter caught while flying at/near the subject in slowmo.

Used in conjunction with steadXP may prove even more interesting, or break it.

October 11, 2016 at 8:06PM, Edited October 11, 8:15PM

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Daniel Reed
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Maybe throwing it around will give the inspiration to use it in a cool and effective way to add to the story.
I'll be doing a few more 'virtual launches' to think about usable shots :-)

October 12, 2016 at 8:52PM, Edited October 12, 8:52PM

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WalterBrokx
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Really cool if you can use it creatively and to push the story, but I think it's one of those things that a lot of people will want to get, but will take mediocre shots with.

Having said that, I'll probably get one to have fun with

October 12, 2016 at 8:24AM

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Ehab Eazy Ismail
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Interesting shots!!

October 12, 2016 at 11:42AM

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Vincent Galiano
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