Droplet Removing Camera Accessory

Removing Water Droplets

Shutter is a GoPro accessory that removes water droplets from the lens by using alternating magnetic fields. This functionality makes the product perfect for people who use action cameras to record aquatic and winter sports.

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Blurred image because of water droplets

A common problem for people who record aquatic and winter sports is to find footage unusable because of water droplets on the lens.

Product development interview

Conversations with potential users were had throughout development to create the best possible product.

 


The Product

GoPro Accessory design side

GoPro Accessory Development
GoPro Accessory design

Working Principle

By applying a voltage between a droplet and an underlying electrode the pinning force of the water droplet can be modified. By leveraging this phenomena in combination with an array of transparent electrodes, the droplet can be displaced through coordinated activation of the electrodes. Transparent sub-surface electrodes have in recent years become more affordable due to their widespread use in capacitive touch screens.

This method for displacing droplets is today often applied in lab environments when developing new drugs or conducting microfluidic experiments. More information on the physics that makes this possible can be found here.

Electrowetting working principle

Mounting Procedure

Mounting lens cover off
Mounting lens cover attached
GoPro Accessory mounting
Fastening product to GoPro
Water tight sealing force
By tightening the knob on the back a compressive force is created that enables water tight sealing around the lens.

Exchangeable Lenses

Exchangeable lens

By adding the ability to remove the lens the base of the accessory can be used with lenses adapted for different recording situations. One alternative to the droplet-removal lens is to attach an electrically controlled ND-filter.

Water droplet removing lens
ND filter for GoPro

Electrically controlled ND-filter

ND-filters are able increase the quality of recordings in bright environments by limiting the amount of light entering the lens. This allows for increased exposure time for each frame, which in turn results in smoother looking video.

Product development GoPro

The final product enables higher quality footage in rain and sunshine, through a design that is both portable and durable.