Hobie is a tool, made for smartphones photographers.
As a tool, give you a chance to create something, that's what i love of this project.
The concept at the bottom is as the others: "use a ended product like a semi ended"
and this time i used an IKEA timer as an engine.
What can you do with it? Awesome time lapse, just with your smartphone.
Hobie is easy to assemble and use.
What you should do it's just assemble it, insert your phone inside in your favorite angle,
find a cool perspective and start to filming.
You can also choose if you want keep a fixed or moving point of view.
It allow you to record moving videos from a 360 degree point of view; and also the small dimensions makes it easy to bring it with you every day, without the necessity of bulky tripod.
The design constraint was:
how can i fix a phone on a kitchen timer ?
And after that, is this the simplest way to do it ?
There is something more, of the essentials ?
I took it off all of what is not essential ?
To answer to all of this question i will show my path to find the final solution.
My first prototype was composed by 11 parts and 3 different materials + the kitchen timer.
it was Laser cutted on a 8mm plywood, but the laser cutted edge don't give it a right "professional aspect", look like more as a DIY product.
The next step was, answering to all the question that i wrote before, finding a totally different way to resolve the same problem.
I thought "why hold the phone in this way?
Can i find a simplest way to do that?"
and this approach gave me the idea to change perspective and make it easier, in term of number of pcs and material.
In this way i got the same result using just two pieces made in only one material.
And also the way to fix it on the time it's different now. The chosen of the timer has been significant, because the IKEA one is the best for it and the most common to find.
Also for the material and the way how it's cutted, the looked for the right way for it: Hobie is made in Okumè's plywood, which is used in the nautical sector, because It does not fear water and humidity, and is very durable as well.
In according to this, i choose to cut the wood using water jet, which allow to get the edges free from burning, as opposed to laser.