While there were plenty of mega camera, printer and camcorder releases at PMA this week, there was only one monster release—MonsterPod, that is. What the heck is MonsterPod? Good question. We were skeptical too when we saw it stuck to a swinging tennis racket at a press preview off the show floor in Orlando this week. Basically a tripod head mount with some kind of indiscernible goo that looks like two years worth of old bubblegum stuck to the bottom, MonsterPod will mold to practically any surface. What that means to the traveling photographer is that whether you re in the woods, on the ski slope or hiking the Grand Canyon, you can screw this baby into your digital camera and press it to any surface at any angle and it will stick, creating an instant tripod.
On the side of rock? No problem. Hanging from a railing? Easy, peasy. On top of a fire hydrant? Sure thing.
While that may be all fine and dandy, what the heck is that goo on the bottom? According to inventor father and son team Randel and Tyler Byrd, it s what they call Viscoelastic Morphing Polymer Super Grip, and it s still patent pending.
The entire device stands less than two inches tall and four inches wide and can be molded (or morphed) to just about any surface. Even better, the bond is only temporary so once you re done with your shot, just peel MonsterPod off and move on to the next spot. No fuss, no mess.—Dan Havlik with DigitalCameraInfo.com
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