NAB 2015 is in Day 3 and ACR Systems have another update on their new mysterious gimbal accessory – The Grip. If last year was the year of the 3-Axis handheld stabiliser gimbals at NAB, this year it sure is the “exoskeletons & support gear for gimbals” as well as “control devices and peripherals for gimbals” year. If you recall, these guys are based out of Europe (yeah) and had a few 3-axis gimbal stabilisers out there under the BeSteady name called the One and Plus that you might be familiar with. But since then they’ve rebranded and their two new highlights for this year’s NAB are ACR THE BEAST, and ACR THE GRIP. You can check out our write-up on ACR THE BEAST here, and more on The Grip below.
This in the latest info on The Grip we received from ACR Systems:
It is in prototype phase and will see a lot of updates & info from us right after the NAB when we tweak the magic behind it. Ever wondered what is the best way to move your camera? Here is our answer: ACR The Grip. The future of camera movement control.
The Grip is your kinetic, natural camera movement control device – paired with any stabiliser, it makes it point where you want it to point, no questions asked. Forget about traditional controls like remote control joysticks or any other RC devices – there is nothing easier to use and more intuitive, just move to feel it!
The Grip allows you to tell your stabiliser exactly what you want to see – and you see it live on the feedback monitor. It is precise, versatile, lightweight and modular so you can customize your own experience. Compatible with ACR Systems The Beast, The Plus, Freefly Systems Movi stabilisers, DJI Ronin and other popular stabilisation systems, so if you have one of those already, you are all set!
The Grip is hitting the market in the coming weeks. Stay tuned and follow ACR Systems on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at www.acr-sys.com to get the lastest info about The Grip!
This is turning out to be quote the trend in the gimbal stabiliser arena, as we’ve already seen a similar device from Freefly Systems called MIMIC, which we covered here, and even though one can clearly see a degree of latency in both devices, its worth to note that the ACR GRIP is in a prototype stage, and I am sure the firmware and design is yet to be finalised and the lag hopefully minimised to a tolerable level. If the price is right, The Grip can really give the MIMIC a run for its money.
ACR Systems is exhibiting at NAB Show in Las Vegas until Thursday, April 16th. You can visit them at booth SU13707 in the South Upper Hall, Drone Pavilion.