SlingShot works as a smartphone hand grip and as a tripod


September 24, 2012

The SlingShot serves as both a smartphone videographer's hand grip, and as a mini tripod

The SlingShot serves as both a smartphone videographer's hand grip, and as a mini tripod

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There must be a kazillion mini tripods for smartphones out there, and probably about half as many ergonomic hand grips designed to minimize shaky video. WOXOM’s SlingShot device, however, combines the two – it’s a smartphone hand grip that can be converted into a table top tripod.

Although the SlingShot’s rubber-padded polymer cradle is designed specifically to accommodate the iPhone, it will reportedly work with any make or model of smartphone – with or without a case, and even when held upside down.

A ball-and-socket joint connects the cradle to the grip. For hand-held shots, the angle between the two sections can be adjusted to the user’s liking, then tightened down. While the use of such a grip is indeed likely to result in less shakes, it should be noted that the SlingShot is not the same sort of device as the SteadiCam Smoothee or the SteadeeGo, in which the phone sort of “floats” semi-independently of the grip.

When a steady shot is really important, however, two folding legs can be extended out of the grip’s main body, turning it into a mini tripod. Additionally, the phone cradle (which can be detached from the grip) has a threaded hole in the bottom, so it can be mounted on a standard tripod if desired.

The SlingShot is available now, for US$20.

Source: WOXOM via Photojojo

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away. All articles by Ben Coxworth
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