Automatically Extending Camera Tripod

I enjoy doing photography, and one of the things that is really necessary a lot of times is a tripod […]

I enjoy doing photography, and one of the things that is really necessary a lot of times is a tripod to hold the camera still. But I have really short arms, a regular tripod doesn’t work very well because my arms aren’t long enough to extend the legs of the tripod out without a lot of effort (not to mention time). And even once I do get it set up, the camera is so far away from me (because it has to be in front of the chair, and the seat keeps the tripod from being able to come close enough into my reach) that it’s really not functional.

So my idea is two-fold: 1, the tripod head should come out towards you, so that it’s easier to reach in a chair, and 2, the legs should automatically extend from the touch of a button (or maybe even a remote or voice command would be really cool!) My wheelchair seat can elevate and stuff, so it has these little sensors on the bottom of the seat so that it can tell when it touches something and it stops it from going too far and crashing into the ground or whatever. If we could put something like that on the bottom of the tripod legs, then you just attach the camera to the head, hold it in place where you want it to be, press the button (or the remote or voice command) and let the legs extend until the sensors on them reach the ground and stop. Done! Quick, easy. You’d still need 3 legs on it, I think. And they’d need to be heavy-duty enough to counterbalance the weight of the camera being cantelevered out towards you, and yet still light enough so that when it’s all colapsed, it’s as portable as possible.

Any thoughts anybody?