Gadgets & Gizmos

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

With the Glif in your pocket, your iPhone 4 is ready for any tripod

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March

Back in October of 2010 I told you about an innovative project on Kickstarter. Kickstarter is the web site that helps inventors fund creative projects by providing a way for supporters to contribute to the start-up and initial production costs. 5_large.pngIf you see a cool gadget on Kickstarter, you can make a contribution and when the funding goal is reached you get the satisfaction of not only knowing you helped make it happen but you also get one of the first gadgets right off the assembly line. Cool!

The project that caught my eye was the Glif, a small attachment for the iPhone 4 that acts as a kickstand for FaceTime video conferencing and also for watching videos. The Glif also has a standard tripod socket so you can attach it to the tripod of your choice for better videos and photos or for times when you want to be in the picture too.

The original funding goal for the Glif was $10,000. So many people thought it was a great idea (5,273 people, to be exact) that more than $137,000 was raised for the project, nearly 14 times more than the goal. I contributed to project and received my Glif a few weeks ago. The simplicity of the design and the functionality make it one of the coolest gadgets I own. They are available for sale now for $20 at the Glif site.

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About the size of lipstick, the Glif is so small you can easily keep it in your shirt pocket or purse. Pair it up with a compact tripod, like a Joby GorillaPod and you will be tripod-ready with your iPhone 4 at all times. I was exchanging messages with a friend about how much many of us depend on our Smartphones for daily photography now. Maybe phone manufacturers should consider making them tripod-ready out of the box. Until that happens, cool accessories like the Glif are the answer. Hopefully some similar items will be available for Android phones too.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 17, 2011 1:56pm]

    

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