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CineSkates Puts Wheels On Your Gorillapod

By David Ponce

Over the years we’ve written a few times about the Gorillapod, an extremely versatile camera tripod that can be used to take shots from unconventional places. It’s a great product, but it can be made better. Still images is not the only thing modern DSLRs are able to do: they also shoot great video. The only problem is stabilization.

Enter the Cineskates.

They transform the Gorillapod Focus into a camera dolly, with which you can do the following type of shots:

    Arcing shots that rotate around objects
    Sliding shots that push or pull the subject into focus
    Rolling shots that glide over the subject
    Time-lapse shots that move the camera slowly and smoothly
    Panning shots that scan a wide area
    “Worm’s eye view” shots that slide just above the floor

The entire system consists of the Cineskates (the wheels), a BallHead X joint, the Gorillapod Focus, a case and cleaning cloth. And the best news is that you can actually purchase this now, as the Kickstarter project associated with it has amply surpassed it’s $20,000 funding goals and should start shipping soon. Retail, the complete system will go for $350 but if you pledge now, you can have it for $275.

Hit the jump for a video and links.

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Fotopro RM-110 Wants To Join Gorillapod’s Party – Brings Lockable Joints And Swappable Feet

Photopro RM-110 (Image courtesy Gizmag)
By Andrew Liszewski

Just like when you ask for a Kleenex when you want to blow your nose, the Gorillapod brand has become synonymous with those multi-limbed mini tripods that let you mount your camera almost anywhere. But Fotopro’s new RM-110 flexible tripod, um, thingy… nicknamed the ‘Spide’ (there’s no r) looks like a worthy challenger to the throne.

Like the Gorillapods, the RM-110 has three articulating limbs coming off of a plate with a standard tripod mount, but the individual points of articulation on each arm can be tightened with a screwdriver to lock them down. Not only does it ensure your camera doesn’t move, but it also lets it support heavier mid-range DSLRs as well. They also come with four different sets of feet including spikes, suction cups, magnets and rubber allowing it to work on any surface, and it’s expected to be available sometime in the third quarter of this year for about $60.

[ Gizmag – Fotopro’s fully adjustable flexible tripod with interchangeable feet ]

Gorillapod Go-Go! Is Designed For Everything Else

Gorillapod Go-Go! (Image courtesy Joby)
By Andrew Liszewski

The Gorillapod seems to be have become a popular accessory for photographers, if only for the fact that I see them available for sale almost everywhere. It’s basically a miniature tripod but with flexible legs that can be strategically positioned or wrapped around objects to provide a sturdy mount for your camera. But Joby, the company responsible for the Gorillapod, also sells a version designed for supporting other electronics like cellphones, PDAs, GPS units and even handheld gaming devices. The Gorillapod Go-Go! includes a collection of different ways to attach your devices to the tripod like a suction cup mount, a universal adapter screw and even 3M high-bond adhesive clips if you’re cool with attaching a sticker to the back of your electronics. The Gorillapod Go-Go! kit is available directly from Joby for $29.95.

[ Gorillapod Go-Go! ] VIA [ Shiny Shiny ]

Aviator Travel Jib Brings Big Budget Cinematography For Little Budget Cinematographers

By David Ponce

There’s a few things you can to do take your video from shaky-hand amateur to Indie-film-award good. One is to get your camera on rails, or even on wheels. But to kick things up even more, you need a jib. This is a counter-weighted arm that lets you move your camera around in the air in a smooth motion. Jibs however are usually really unwieldy, heavy and most of all, expensive. The Aviator Travel Jib you see above is none of those. Weighing in at 3.75 pounds and 24-inches compacted, the jib extends to 6 feet and can hold a camera weighing 6 pounds. It’s fully funded on Kickstarter now and to get it you need to pledge $400 to get the jib, ballast, mounting hardware and a bubble level, while students can get the jib alone for $300.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Mobislyder Puts Your Video Shots On Rails

By David Ponce

Megapixels count for almost nothing when looking at video quality. First is the lens quality, but perhaps even as important is tracking shot stability. We talked about the CineSkates a while back. That accessory to the Gorillapod put your camera on wheels and opened up cinematic possibilities. Same goes for the Mobislyder, a 43 cm (1.4ft) track with 5 interchangeable mounts and a slider on roller bearings. The ends of the track are covered in rubber feet which help with grip on tilted surfaces, and a switch on the sliding mechanism lets you lock it in place should you need to. Sliding is done by hand so clearly some practice will be needed, but at least the camera is stabilized on two axes.

You can pre-order now for $129, while full retail price should be around $175. Shipping should happen on December 12th.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Gorillatorch Shines Light Exactly Where You Need It

Gorillatorch

By Chris Scott Barr

Flashlights are handy things to have, but they never seem to sit exactly how you need them to. There have been different solutions to this problem over the years, the latest being the Gorrilatorch. Looking at it, you’ll easily recognize it as the brother of the Gorillapod.

The Gorillatorch is exactly what you would expect from Joby. You’ve got a flashlight attached to one of their famous Gorillapods, which makes it easy to point the light exactly where you need it. The light uses LEDs to achieve a maximum brightness of 65 lumens, though it can be lowered if you don’t need anything quite that bright. Two AA batteries are all that’s needed to light up any workspace. For $30, this would be useful in any house, garage or workshop.

[ Joby ]

[CES 2009] Zivio Boom, From The Makers Of The Gorrilapod

By David Ponce

A $130 Bluetooth headset with an extendable boom. There you have it. That’s the Zivio Boom right there.

No, really.

Perhaps this is a little underwhelming considering Joby, the company that makes the Zivio Boom also makes the truly innovative Gorrilapod. Next to that, the Zivio Boom is a bit of a letdown.

Still, to be fair, it does have a couple interesting features. Alleged 10h talk time for one. Or the fact that it comes with a set of interchangeable earpieces and an optional ear loop for a custom fit. I also remember the lady mentioning something about the casing made out of stainless steel and them being the only company that does that, but at that point I was too busy trying to snag a free sample to really pay attention. I do remember her saying that the extendable boom had the advantage of being able to isolate your voice really well. I don’t doubt that for a second; the thing practically sits in your mouth. At least… her mouth.

If you’re in the market for a Bluetooth headset, and you don’t mind looking like you’re about to eat a tiny metal straw that comes out your ear, the Zivio Boom is perfect for you.

Full press release after the jump.

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