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Kickstarter: SwitchPod, the minimal, versatile, handheld tripod

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA ­ Filming yourself isn’t easy. You’re often on the go with tons of people looking at you like you’re crazy while you hold a camera in your face. You’re used to the weird looks and eye rolls, but don’t you wish your handheld tripod wasn’t so clunky?

We’ve designed something better. Meet SwitchPod.

SwitchPod is lightweight, compact, and nearly indestructible. It will save you valuable time between shots so you can focus more on shooting and less on messing with your gear.

  1. SwitchPod works with any camera.
  2. It opens and closes quickly.
  3. It’s easy to hold.
  4. It has non­slip feet to keep your camera from sliding off surfaces.
  5. It has a tightening knob to quickly attach or remove your camera.
  6. It is lightweight and slim, so can it be taken anywhere and packed easily.
  7. It is strong enough to hold heavy video rigs and won’t sag or collapse like others.
  8. You can add your own quick release plates and ball heads.
  9. You can add a mic, a monitor, or a LED light to complete your full vlogging rig with two ¼­20” threads.

Learn more about the SwitchPod at Kickstarter

Founded in 2018, Studio Jigawatt, LLC is a Limited Liability Company formed between Pat Flynn and Caleb Wojcik. SwitchPod is the first product of Studio Jigawatt.

privatebydesign

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It’s caught the eye, postbag, of a view influential bloggers so it will be the next Gary Fong pos that everybody has to have. As a tripod I see it as far to limiting though I do agree that for bigger bodies the gorilla grip is also a pos.
 
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It’s caught the eye, postbag, of a view influential bloggers so it will be the next Gary Fong pos that everybody has to have. As a tripod I see it as far to limiting though I do agree that for bigger bodies the gorilla grip is also a pos.
Yeah I don't really see it as being a tripod, more as a camera holder. And it does seem limiting for being able to set it down on a variety of surface heights. But I don't think that is what it is meant for.
 

privatebydesign

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Yeah I don't really see it as being a tripod, more as a camera holder. And it does seem limiting for being able to set it down on a variety of surface heights. But I don't think that is what it is meant for.
I can see various iterations in its future, even one adjustable leg would improve the functionality immensely, tie that into a very basic swivel (effective ball head) with AS quick release and it goes way up in practical use.
 

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I guess the Chinese will copy it anyway (tip for them: I think would work even as a simple non-folding handle, that can be made much cheaper)
 
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Wow!
Here’s why the Gorilla Pod is dead!
When I want a tripod I use a tripod, when I want to hang my camera from a tree or fix it to the top or side of a post I use the Gorilla Pod, I don’t see how that can grip a tree, (confession, it looks so meh I didn’t read or watch all about it!) and I’m certain I have a little table top tripod that is as much use as that and I will never get the selfie thing. Why will this work when a selfie stick for a phone is a metre (yard) long?
I won’t be investing, I’m out!

Cheers, Graham.
 
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