If you ever had any doubts about just how important the iPhone 3G and 3GS
is in the grand landscape of consumer electronics, let them be admonished. Joby, the company famous for producing small, mobile, flexible tripods for those on a budget, has just introduced the newest critter in its lineup. The target product? Not a camera. A cameraphone.
Yep--Joby's Gorillamobile has its eyes on the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS alone, bringing the tried and true bendable legged-tripod to Apple's newest smartphones. For those unaware of how these things work, users simply attach their phone via the built-in case, position the three-legged stand however they please (wrapping around poles is perfectly acceptable) and then fire away. We suspect this one will be less useful than those built specifically for actual cameras, but if you've found yourself leaving the DSLR at home in favor of just snapping shots on the go, maybe it's just what the doctor ordered.
It's available in the United States now for $39.95 to $44.95, and it should be available worldwide before the end of this month.
Joby Launches Gorillamobile for 3G/3GS™ to Support Creative Needs of iPhone Users
Newest Gorillamobile features a soft-touch iPhone 3G/3GS case with built-in adapter in addition to the universal camera adapter and removable
SAN FRANCISCO, CA –October 1, 2009 – Joby, the world renowned designer of the Gorillapod™ line of innovative camera tripods, is pleased to announce the Gorillamobile for 3G/3GS. Following on the success of the original Gorillamobile, the Gorillamobile for 3G/3GS extends the revolution around mobile device interactivity. It’s flexible, wrappable legs enable the user to secure the Gorillamobile to virtually any surface, allowing limitless functionality and positioning capability for movie-viewing, talking, video-recording, and photo-taking. With four interchangeable quick-release adapters, including the addition of a custom engineered, slim line iPhone case, the Gorillamobile for 3G/3GS supports one’s entire collection of mobile devices.
The Gorillamobile’s award winning ball-and-socket construction allows for fully articulated movement of the legs and neck. The genius of the Gorillamobile for 3G/3GS is in the iPhone case, which fulfills iPhone protection needs while also providing the perfect connection to the Gorillamobile’s prehensile stand.
“The proliferation of ‘iPhoneography,’ in addition to the 3GS’s video and camera upgrade, has only increased the already demonstrated need for an adaptable iPhone stand,” said Joby CEO Forrest Baringer-Jones. “We created the Gorillamobile for 3G/3GS to address the consumer’s dual needs around both protecting and supporting the iPhone while capturing video or shooting still images.”
In addition to the flexible tripod and soft-touch iPhone case with adapter, the Gorillamobile for 3G/3GS package also includes two removable 3M high bond residue-free adhesive clips and a universal camera adapter, ensuring compatibility with and easy switching between all handheld devices. Use it to position a mobile phone, mini video camera, GPS device, gaming unit, video or music player, pocket projector, or digital camera for hands-free enjoyment.
The Gorillamobile weighs just 4.5 ounces, is 8-inches tall, has a US MSRP of $39.95 - $44.95, and features a one year limited warranty. The product is available in the US now, and will be available globally by the end of October.