tripod, smartphone stand

A $10 Kickstarter pledge could get you an ultra portable smartphone stand that doubles as a key fob

This nifty key fob smartphone stand called Snapshot has 11 days to go on Kickstarter and you can get one for ten bucks (including free shipping).

It  actually consists of two parts  i) the Snapshot itself which is the smart phone grip/mount (the keyfob+chain) and ii) a separate flexible tripod appropriately called the “Stand”. It works with various smartphones including iPhone 4/5/6 and Samsung Galaxy (although it might not work with the new iPhone 6 Plus – but you can ask them at the bottom of their Kickstarter page). Snapshot also works with any camera tripod with a standard 1/4″ screw thread.

The $10 is a good deal considering the lowest-price smartphone tripod I’ve seen is $15 (Joby MPod Mini) and the Joby GripTight Mount by itself (no stand) is $20.  Caveats: they’re not U.S. based and their website is a little strange given that it shows leather goods and not smartphone stands – but maybe they’re just expanding into new product lines.

If you’re using or plan to use a spare smartphone as a security/surveillance camera with an app like Gotya, you might want to check it out.

DIY Smartphone Stands

In order to use your smartphone as a Gotya motion detection surveillance camera, you’ll need a smartphone stand to mount it in a stable and fixed position, aimed at the area that you want to monitor.

There are thee types of smartphone stands that you can choose from:

1) Commercial Smartphone Stands

The two manufacturers we use and can recommend are JOBY Griptight ($30-$35) and WOXOM SlingShot ($20). Both of these are a combination of tripod+mount (=stand) that can be detached from each other. JOBY also has the Mpod Mini which is a small integrated stand ($15). The GripTight product line has different tripod sizes and features like flexible/bendable tripod legs, magnetic tripod feet, and detachable mounts, which gives you more ways that you can set up your camera. For example, you can wrap these around poles or posts, or attach to a magnetic surface.

As noted above, the GripTight and SlingShot mounts can be detached from the tripod, so that you can use the mount with any standard camera tripod (see 2) below).

2) Smartphone mounts for standard camera tripods

If you already have a camera tripod with a standard 1/4-20 UNC screw thread, you can purchase a smartphone mount from JOBY, WOXOM, or iStabilizer. The JOBY GripTight Mount is $20.

3) Do it Yourself (DIY) stands that you can make from everyday things

There is an amazing range of ways to use everyday items to make a simple and inexpensive (free) stand for your surveillance camera. The ones we’ve seen range from a Pringles potato chip can to binder clips and paper coffee cup sleeves to Lego.

We also made a few of our own:

Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone

PVC Pipe Smartphone Stand

Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone stand

Paper towel roll (with binder clip stabilizers)

Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone stand

3-Prong to 3-Prong Electrical Adapter

Did you make your own smartphone stand? Let us know in the comments.