A few days ago we wrote about the Helium Core Kickstarter project which aims to turn your iPhone into a full-blown imaging rig with a large number of accessory ports and mounting options. The Padcaster VERSE is the subject of another Kickstarter project and presents a very similar concept. However, it differs from the Helium in some fundamental ways. The original Padcaster was designed a couple of years ago for the iPad Mini but thanks to a universal bracket that is compatible with any phone or tablet up to 5.31 inches, the VERSE is much more (you guessed it) versatile. It works with both Apple iOS and Android devices.

While the Helium Core is made from aluminum the Padcaster VERSE is polycarbonate plastic. It comes with twelve ¼-inch threads and five cold shoe mounts, allowing you to mount it to any type of camera support and attach an abundance of accessories such as lights, microphones or teleprompters. Like the Helium Core the Padcaster Verse is targeted at filmmakers, video bloggers, mobile journalists, photographers and other such creatives. Its adjustable mount makes it look like an ideal solution for those who use more than one device or want to be prepared for eventual upgrades. You can secure yourself an early-bird Padcaster VERSE by pledging $50 on the project's Kickstarter page where you'll also find additional information.