A new Kickstarter campaign is seeking funding for SwitchPod, a handheld 'minimal' tripod that switches from handheld mode to tripod mode in only a couple seconds. The device requires almost no effort to convert, enabling users to seamlessly transition from recording while holding the device to recording from a flat surface without pausing to adjust the stand.

SwitchPod is compatible with any camera, including smartphones and DSLR models; the company behind it emphasizes high portability, a "nearly indestructible" aluminum alloy design, and support for weights up to 100lbs / 45kg. The tripod features a 1/4-20" standard screw for directly attaching a camera, as well as support for ball heads and quick release plates.

Two additional 1/4-20" threads on the tripod's legs enable users to attach accessories, such as a light and microphone, plus the leg design makes it possible to clip SwitchPod to a bag using a carabiner. Other features include a tightening knob, non-slip feet, two sets of finger grooves for grasping the tripod in different positions, and a circle pad to protect the camera's base. The tripod weighs 11.1oz / 315g and measures 11in / 28cm long in handheld mode.

The SwitchPod Kickstarter campaign has exceeded its funding goal, but is still open to new pledges. Backers who pledge at least $79 USD are offered a single SwitchPod as a reward; shipping is estimated to start in August 2019.

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