Fancy yourself as an i-videographer? Well, this Kickstarter project should go on your list of must-have accessories while shooting those critical scenes. Created by professional photographer and design engineer Charles Waugh, the SlingShot’s a video stabilization gizmo that not only works with the iPhone, but a whole range of smartphones as well. Made with industrial grade acetal resin, the unique cradle can stretch out and securely grip even the Samsung Galaxy Note (a whooping 5.3″ screen). A ball-mount lets you swivel your device and the handle hides a set of legs that’ll turn it into a handy table-top tripod (the cradle can also be removed and mounted onto any standard tripod).
The project has currently reached nearly $10,000 of its of goal of $20,000, with 41 days to go. A pledge of only $14 and you’ll receive the SlingShot with free shipping in the US (international orders add $10). Check out the video and production description below.
It’s about time that someone creates a great little camera stabilizer accessory for all smartphones that is actually affordable. WOXOM has already engineered and produced the first sample round of its great little SlingShot smartphone video stabilizer and just introduced it on Kickstarter.com to raise capital for a retail launch later this year.
With HD image resolution now a smartphone norm, the SlingShot transforms the way smartphones are used for capturing video by helping to make the camera movement as high quality as the image itself. The SlingShot rivals the image stability of semi-professional stabilizer systems costing many, many times more.
- Shoot smooth video and tack-sharp stills on any smartphone with one hand
- Use as an instant table-top tripod to stabilize any smartphone
- Mount any smartphone on a standard tripod
Made from an industrial-grade acetal copolymer
Slingshot easily expands to hold any smartphone, even with a case. The cradle is tailored to the iPhone, but it also works with any other smartphone — even up to the hulking Samsung Galaxy Note.
Over-molded rubber pads give it just the right amount of grip
Even upside-down it holds any smartphone securely. It also allows power cords to connect to the cradled phone so watching a movie doesn’t drain the battery.
The contoured handle hides a concealed set of legs
Legs pop out and turn the handheld stabilizer into a table-top tripod – great for shooting video or stills and useful for reviewing your videos, watching a movie, Facetime, using Skype, or just browsing the web.
Universal smartphone support for use on all tripods
Since the phone cradle is attached to the handle with a 1/4-20 thread, it can also mount onto any standard tripod or support base.