The Dorna 5 axis robotic arm has launched on Kickstarter. I saw this at World Maker Faire in New York and was fairly impressed with the solid feel. Looking now, it can handle over 2 lbs payload which is fairly impressive. That extra payload means I could finally use one for fancy camera shots if I wanted.  If you go the kickstarter route, it looks like you can get one for under $1k if they deliver (always a risk with crowdfunding!).