I needed a better way...


I use a drone for filmmaking and real estate aerial photography and always found it a challenge to hold on to a controller with a monitor attached. Even more of a challenge is having to set the system down somewhere to free my hands so I can adjust the scene, since working "in the field" could literally mean working in a field - with nothing around but wet grass. Although many new drone systems are designed to attach a smart phone to the controller to use as the monitor, I opted for a tablet in order to have a bigger screen. Since my drone system could only accommodate a smart phone, I had to purchase an after-market adapter that would allow me to attach a large tablet. The after-market adapter is entirely made of metal and substantially adds to the weight of the system. The metal adapter itself weighs more than the tablet!


So now the system that I felt was already cumbersome is now much more so. It is twice as heavy as it was designed for, and the sides of this large tablet (positioned below the controller for some reason) is actually blocked by my wrists. There's no way I'm going to spend the whole day fighting my own hands to see what's on the screen!


Which leads me to...


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I made this thing (many months from being called "MyClaw") and immediately it changed the way I feel about operating a drone. Now it's fun. No more weight. No more blocked screens. No more need to put my expensive system on the grass when I need to adjust my scene.


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Over the past year, many iterations have leapt from the sketchpad to the field. This first was cobbled together from the support stand of an old window air-conditioner. It worked in a base sense, holding a smartphone and controller, but considering drone use generally happens away from home it was necessary to design for portability. But even in this very rough form, the benefits were immediate.


I hope you find the Myclaw as useful as I do.



Over the past year, many iterations have leapt from the sketchpad to the field. This first was cobbled together from the support stand of an old window air-conditioner. It worked in a base sense, holding a smartphone and controller, but considering drone use generally happens away from home it was necessary to design for portability. But even in this very rough form, the benefits were immediate.


I'm a real estate photographer. I use the MyClaw on every shoot that requires a drone (which is most). I wouldn't want to operate my drone without it.




Ron  & Cheech

Inventors of the MyClaw