If you like to shoot videos or photos with your smartphone, chances are you have at least one accessory like a selfie stick or a tripod. Each of these serves a purpose, but it’s frankly a pain to carry around multiple gadgets.
One reason that Google Glass failed was that the headset had a built-in camera, so people felt weird about you recording video and taking photos of other people without them knowing about it. Just mount your smartphone to a baseball cap, and be up-front about your video taking.
Today’s smartphones are shooting better and better video, making them more than sufficient for most purposes. However, one area where smartphones still kind of stink is in their audio recording quality. Their puny internal microphones were designed for making phone calls – so they tend to be tinny, and pick up lots of hiss and noise.
It’s not a good idea to hold your smartphone in your hand while driving. It’s better to have some sort of heads-up mount where you can quickly look at items on the screen without taking your eyes off the road.
A couple of months ago we saw the SteadyWheel, a very affordable camera accessory that can help you stabilize your shots. The MōVI is way more expensive than the SteadyWheel, but for what it can do – and the money, time and effort it could save – it seems like more bang for the filmmaker’s buck.
Lots of today’s cameras have some sort of image stabilization tech built in, but none of them really provide the kind of smooth moving shots you can get from a professional camera rig like a Steadicam.
There’s a reason why some people find that they sing better in the shower than they do in public: they can only perform when they’re all by themselves. So if you’re trying to record something for school, for an audition, or for posterity’s sake but can’t seem to perform to your full potential in front of someone else – or you just don’t have any friends around – then you might want to look into the SoloShot.
There are plenty of reasons to wall mount for your iPad, especially if you want to use it on a regular basis in your kitchen to read recipes, watch videos, or to use as a pseudo-intercom in combination with Facetime or Skype.
Are you having fun yet with the little add-ons that make iPhone photography just a wee bit better? Then check out the new iSteady Shot M-27 Camera Mount for your iPhone. It’s a heavy-duty case which comes with a 37mm wide angle lens.
This new functional stand by Twelve South will allow you to prop up your iPad 2 right toward your perfect viewing spot, wherever you need it. While it’s clear the HoverBar is aimed at your home office or kitchen, I can see many people wanting to try it in the bathroom or bedroom too.
While I can understand the convenience of sat navs, using an existing device like an iPhone or iPad to navigate also makes a lot of sense. The only trouble that I see is that you’ll might end up using your gadget for texting or tweeting, and your car will end up in a ditch.
Most of us have our game consoles right next to our TVs, near the rest of our gear because we don’t have many other options. If you want the freedom to put it anywhere you like, including the car, MountMe has launched a new console mount that allows you to do just that.
Yep, I know all about how popular the iPhone has become to snap everyday photos. Now you can take it to the next level by getting this iPhone 4 lens mount, which will allow you to mount your favorite Canon or Nikon DSLR lenses onto your precious iPhone.
You know, the funny thing about this image is that Steve Jobs really was the father of both of these items – there’s Luxo, Jr., the little articulating Anglepoise lamp from Pixar’s breakthrough short film, and an iPad, from, well, you know where.
Despite having a rather unfortunate name, the Glif is actually a really good product idea. It’s a tiny mount which lets you put your iPhone 4 on a tripod with ease.
Designed by Thomas Gerhardt and Dan Provost, this pint-sized piece of rubberized plastic mounts onto any tripod or camera mount with a standard 1/4″-20 thread.
I really like my iPad and while I do take it with me at times for playing games or reading, mostly I use it around the house for watching videos and such. There are apps available that will let you use the iPad as a second screen for your Mac or PC, but for that to be effective you need some sort of a stand.