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Kickstarter: JackPod! – Truly Universal Smartphone | Tripod Mount

Submitted by on March 4, 2013 – 2:20 pm 4 Comments

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The JackPod! is an interesting Kickstarter for a new, universal tripod mount for iPhone, iPod Touch, and any other smartphone-sized device. Rather than clamp to or clip on your iPhone or Android device, it mounts your smartphone to a tripod using its external headset jack.

We’ve got exclusive info, video, and links after the jump. >>>

According to the developer, Joe Simon, the JackPod! is a truly universal smartphone-to-tripod mount that works with ANY phone in ANY case on ANY tripod. By using the phone’s headphone jack, the JackPod! is low-cost, easy-to-use, and phone-independent. The just launched campaign already is 10% funded with 90+ backers.

Basically, the JackPod! is a small, lightweight device with a standard tripod thread mount at the base and two non-metallic plugs that supports your iPhone, Android or other smartphone. You can get in on the JackPod! for about $10 and that includes shipping.

Among the things that I like about the JackPod are that it’s truly universal. It’ll work in any device with a standard headphone jack. It’s very small and weighs in at just under a quarter of an ounce. It works in both horizontal and vertical modes.

The JackPod! works on devices with or without a case. This is a big plus for me. I’m a big case guy; a good case offers a lot of protection for your iPhone’s body and camera lens.

My big concern though, is that using the iPhone’s headphone jack to support the weight of the device may cause damage to the iPhone’s circuit board and possibly even cause parts of it to separate internally. I caught up with Mr. Simon and pointed that out.

Mr. Simon replied:

“We had wondered about the same thing when we first started testing prototypes, but have not experienced any headphone jack failures to date. When I review the various phone breakdown images, the headphone jacks are consistently housed in separate enclosures that are rarely even removed in these tear downs. The torque from the Jackpod! is placed on the housing and the case, not the electronics.

“We also evaluated using different materials and wondered whether it not that may cause any issue but were pointed towards the headphone “charms” that add a jewel or other decoration to phones via the headphone jack. These have been used successfully for years without issue.

“Finally, by using a molded plastic design and not metal, we prevent the phone from recognizing “headphones” and disabling the speakers. In early prototypes, we quickly learned that using an actual headphone plug prevent us from being able to hear the shutter or camera countdown beeps.

“The product has been tested and used actively for several months and has not experienced any headphone jack problem on any of the phones we have used.”

Here are the links to the Kickstarter project with more info. A minimum $10 pledge gets you a JackPod! but there are other levels with more goodies as well. The JackPod! will only be funded if at least $16,500 is pledged by Wednesday Apr 3, 8:00pm EDT.

Kickstarter Link: JackPod! – Truly Universal Smartphone | Tripod Mount

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Marty Yawnick

Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.

  • http://gregmills.com Greg Mills

    It’s a clever idea but it looks a little wobbly. Wouldn’t you rather have an actual headphone plug on the JackPod that would pass-though to a headphone jack? That way you could keep using your iPhone headphones as a remote trigger? At that point it’s no longer device neutral but I’d coming closer to backing THAT JackPod.

  • vincent-b

    It’s the worst design for a universal mount I’ve ever seen.

    Even if the distance between the jack and the camera is reduced to the max, it’s is going to be very unstable. A very light breeze is going to make the phone move and you can say goodbye to your timelapse. With an iPhone 5, where the distance between the jack and the camera is maximum, there is no way this thing could provide a firm stand. i’m testing is right now with a clamp, a jack and a magical arm : it’s wobbly.

    The second thing is this is going to be a nightmare to straighten your scene in the viewfinder, the weight of your device is going to make it tilt, you’ll have to compensate upfront, and when you have to compensate anything with a tripod, it means you need to bring it back to the shop.

    Not steady nor straight.

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      I was skeptical at first about the JackPod damaging the internals of the iPhone, but I’ve seen users mangle their phones in much worse ways. I’m glad that they’ve at least looked at and addressed the issue.

      I’m very happy with my ANYCASE Universal tripod adapter.

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  • http://kck.st/148Q3j4 Joe Simon

    Hi everyone. Thanks for the comments, interest and coverage. I am the creator of the JackPod!.

    Regarding the comments above, I would like to provide a bit more information that will hopefully alleviate some concern. We have used the JackPod! extensively with several mini tripods and many different model phones, including large ones. As indicated in the FAQ of the Kickstarter page, some larger phones may require aligning the phone with one of the tripod legs to limit the possibility of instability.

    The prototype we have been using to-date is a relatively ductile 3D prototype, which does have some give but has proven strong enough to hold all phones without a problem. For the final product, should we be funded, we will use a much stronger hardened plastic and will be refining the model slightly to taper the jack, increasing strength. We do not expect tilt to be a problem and will work to ensure it is not.

    By siding the jack slightly larger than a typical headphone plug and using a material with surface resistance, the camera can be tilted off vertical by 30+ degrees without a problem.

    As mentioned in the video, there are several existing mounts, each of which serves a different need. The ANYCASE is $34.99, over 3x the $10 cost of the JackPod. Each has its own benefits and shortfalls, however.

    Finally, we chose not to use an actual headphone jack or adapt a headphone because then, when used, it would be impossible to hear the shutter or a timer countdown for group photos. In our testing, this proved to be something that people definitely wanted to be able to do.

    Thanks everyone for the interest!

    Joe