Murphy’s Law

A project log for Handheld Camera Gimbal

For Mirrorless and Mid-Size DSLRs.

matt-barrMatt Barr 07/23/2017 at 00:480 Comments

People that make things make mistakes from time to time.  It’s inevitable, I think, at least for the first guy that does it.  I tend to greet failure as an old friend, and I think our community feels the same.  I made a mistake during this project that is worth noting here, so that maybe I can be that guy who did it so you don’t have to.  I made my power cable with a female pin connector that popped off while tuning, and it shorted my controller board.  The verdict is out as to whether I can salvage it, but it doesn’t look good.  My computer can recognize the com port with the board connected, but the Alexmos software shows a corruption error.  My plan is to pick up another board and go at it again.  It was a boneheaded move on my part, but I learned some things.  I think I’ll go with the full-sized board this time, with recessed pins, and solder down the power connections.  The Tiny Pro controller pins are pretty vulnerable to damage in general since they sit above the case.  I’ve always played fast and loose with connections while prototyping and it got me in trouble this time.  I’ll never do that again.