Podo: Stick Anywhere Camera Better Than the Stick Camera

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Taking a selfie isn’t easy. You either have to lug around a long awkward stick camera or hold your arm at an awkward angle to get the perfect shot. Even if you want to carry around a stick camera they aren’t allowed in a lot of areas.

Which is why the Podo camera is perfect, it is a Bluetooth connected camera that can stick anywhere. Simply stick it to a wall, bench or any other stationary object, get in front of it and take a photo using your phone.

No more awkward angles or big sticks, just nice easy-to-take pictures. The Podo does more than simply take pictures, it also lets you take videos or do time lapse photos. This is way better than trying to break your arm as you get everyone into the photo.

You can even preview the photo on the Podo screen before you transfer and save it to your phone.

This is a Kickstarter program that took off and easily surpassed their original $50,000 target. Thanks to the generous donations Podolabs hopes to have this in the hands, of at least their contributors, by summer and maybe even get them out to the general public.

Take Photos Anywhere With the Podo Stick Camera

This small unassuming 8-megapixel camera shoots 720p video and is extremely portable. This small square camera measures 2″x2″x1″ and weights less than two ounces, making it the perfect size to carry in your pocket or bag.

It has a small microsuction pad that lets you attach it to almost any surface. The Podolab team has this to say about the unique suction cup feature, “We like to compare it to gecko feet, or else having thousands of microscopic suction cups.”

The Perfect Picture

With the Podo you can take the perfect photo at exactly the right angle thanks to their rotating back hinged flap and dedicated smartphone app.

The app works with your iOS or Android phones via Bluetooth and can be used to control a variety of functions such as the LED flash which is located in the ring around the lens. It will let you choose photo or video mode. In photo mode you can choose to take a single photo, double exposure or a burst of photos. Video mode lets you take 15-second clips which are ideal for sharing on Instagram. There is also and Auto mode that lets Podo shoot several time-lapse photos and compile them into a video or GIF.

Features

  • 8 MP photos
  • 720p 30fps video
  • compact size – 2″x2″x1″
  • lightweight – 1.8 ounces
  • 4GB memory
  • 8 LED flash
  • Live Preview
  • Remote Shutter
  • Bluetooth

If you are interested in getting the early design of one of these cool little devices then check out their Kickstarter program. For just $89, plus shipping, you can be one of the first people to get this cool tiny little camera, which is a great deal since they are expecting it to retail for around $99. That saves you $10 over the retail price, plus you get bragging rights over owning one of the originals. Unfortunately you weren’t fast enough to get on the $79 deal, but they get whatever color is thrown at them, at $89 you can chose between blue and red.

Bonus Upgrades

Since they exceeded their original goal, they moved it up in order to fund more programming options on the Podo camera. If they reach $500,000 they will have a software package upgrade that allows you to create a customized Podo avatar, forever marking you as an original backer. They also plan to add a little fun into their app by adding a ‘Party Mode’ which will let the LEDs flash and dance and a ‘game mode’ that lets you “use the LEDs to play some games — flick the Podo and watch the light spin around until it lands on someone (like “spinning the bottle”)… you’re “it.””

If they reach $750, 000 in donations they will apply a variety of filters to the camera that will automatically detect facial features and add what they call ‘beautifying’ effects such as color correction, blemish removal, lightening and hopefully red-eye removal. All of these will be available as automatic or manual editing.

Shipping Soon

Thanks to generous donations they plan to get their first shipments out by August to the US, Canada, the EU, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Israel, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brazil.

I know plenty of people that could use one of these, it sure beats carrying around a cumbersome stick camera.

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