Irvine, US-based product design company, Geometrical Inc, has designed a collapsible stand that acts as a tripod for mobile phone photography. It accommodates a wide range of phone case thicknesses with replaceable swivel brackets.
You love phone photography. It makes sense. You carry one tool that takes the picture, backs up the picture and lets you share with loved ones and Instagram fans. That same tool makes phone calls and Whatsapps. And it connects to Facebook.
But photography requires stability, and phone stability is a problem.
You could lean the phone against a wall or try to balance it on its side. Or you could buy a tripod and phone adaptor.
A tripod with a phone adaptor is not a bad idea, in fact.
But the Pocket Tripod gives you the benefits of a tripod without the schlep of having to carry one.
This tripod replacement cosies up to your credit cards. it fits inside your wallet.
It’s not new, but it’s improved
The Pocket Tripod has been around since 2013, when Geometrical Inc received $84,457 of funding from a Kickstarter campaign.
They shipped 2,565 Pocket Tripods when that campaign came to an end, and came back for more in 2016 with the same product, only better.
Let’s take a closer look.
The Pocket Tripod is the length and width of a credit card, with a thickness of 2.3 mm, or two credit cards.
The Pocket Tripod works in landscape or portrait mode.
To use it in landscape mode, break the Tripod into its two parts and slot the phone into it. You don’t need to break it apart to use it in portrait mode.
The Pocket Tripod contains two sliders into which the phone fits. These sliders adjust, giving you a tilt angle of more than 90 degrees.
They designed the Pocket Tripod to tilt to all the way down without falling over from the weight of the phone.
If your phone (with or without a case) is between 5.5 mm and 12 mm thick, you can use the Pocket Tripod.
You can check if your model is on their list at pocket-tripod.com/compatibility/all-devices.
You can buy a Fit Card for $0.99.
The Fit Card is a plastic template you use to determine which Pocket Tripod is right for your phone.
The Pocket Tripod comes in five special edition colours.
Use it as a desk “book” stand
Here’s another scenario where the Pocket Tripod will come in handy.
I read all my books on my phone’s Kindle app. I also use a Bible app for Bible study. To read the Bible app and take notes, I balance the phone between a pencil-case and my notebook. It’s a nuisance to keep the phone balanced.
The Pocket Tripod will make the perfect “book” stand.
For $18 you receive a Pocket Tripod PRO. This package includes a Tripod (black or white), an instruction manual and a Fit Card.
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The Woz, co-founder of Apple, oozed the following about the Pocket Tripod: “Great project. Never would have come about without a great deal of creativity and desire to do something different…it’s perfect for me. You can count me in. I never had thought that something like that could be done.”
For all its simplicity, it’s revolutionary.
The best thing about it?
It’s got a proven track record. You’re not investing in a product that might flop. The Pocket Tripod has been around for years. This is an upgraded version of an already successful product.
The Pocket Tripod is a great invention, worthy of support.