A Hefty Flywheel Makes This Dolly a Smooth Operator

A few simple camera moves can make your low-budget film look like a Hollywood feature. And thanks to a heavy steel flywheel at its core, the Polly Dolly ensures smooth tracking and dolly shots with just a single finger's push.

It's expected to sell for around $1,640 when it becomes available for pre-order in the next few weeks, which includes the basic four-wheeled dolly and a simple tripod mount for attaching a DSLR-sized camera. The aforementioned 15 pound flywheel is geared into the wheels preventing jerky starts and stops, and it has a measured scale printed around its perimeter for doing accurate stop-motion adjustments, or hitting a specific mark as you move the rig.

You can of course get similar results using a wheelchair or even a set of rollerblades, although those solutions just can't compare to using something like a professional Chapman PeeWee dolly. But if you're on a tight budget, this seems like a nice compromise between the two. [Polly via Ubergizmo]