Increasingly, robotic cameramen are becoming commonplace. And with reason; the ability to film more dynamic shots with a minimum of crew is highly appealing to those with limited budgets or friends who have day jobs. And now the Aime is coming to help the crewless out.
Point, Swivel, and Shoot
The AIMe is fairly straightforward as these things go. You mount the camera on AIMe, tag the subject you want to follow, like an extreme sportsman or a basketball, with the provided RFID tag, and AIMe takes care of the rest, just like a motion control rig should. Just move normally, and the head will will follow you and take care of the rest.
Tag, You’re Followed
AIMe, as we noted, actually comes in two parts, the second being the tag, named EmIT to keep with the cutesiness. EmIT currently comes in a 150-foot model, but apparently other models with different ranges and styles will be coming once AIMe launches in the summer. Also of note is that multiple AIMe heads can follow one EmIT tag, so if you want to capture the action from multiple angles, or capture multiple subjects with multiple AIMe heads, both are possible and arguably even easy.
As bizarre as this may sound, this actually puts you in touch with the special effects artists of yore, who used “motion control” robotics to ensure they got the same shot for effects work, every single time. Of course, their rigs were a little more complex, but, hey, close enough for government work, or your personal videos in this case. If you want a little more robotics in your life, or you just want a motion control device that’s a little slimmed down compared to the Soloshot or similar devices, the AIMe will be on the market in the summer.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.