The OED named “selfie” as the word of the year for 2013 and since then it’s been embedded in the zeitgeist. In turn, the selfie stick became one of Time’s inventions of 2014 providing greater depth and spatial awareness for the inclusive snapper. In short, they’re great fun and you get more in the picture. Marlo talks with Noah Rasheta from iStabilizer about their new monopod aka selfie stick.
iStabilizer have a range of gadgets to mount, hold or otherwise position smartphones, tablets and action cams. The new version of their selfie stick makes life especially easy for selfie takers with a universal smartphone mount at one end and a Bluetooth button at the other end of the stick to press the shutter in the camera app. The stick works with both Apple and Android smartphones – there’s another button on the handle to switch between the different types. Overall, it couldn’t get any easier: put smartphone in mount, hold stick to get the best picture, smile and snap.
Interview by Marlo Anderson of The Tech Ranch for the TechPodcast Network.
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Do you use your smart phone while driving. Well, stop according to a recent study by the Institute of Advance Motorists and Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) your reactions while using a smart phone is 37.4 percent slower than normal. In fact your reactions are quicker if you are drunk then if you are using a cell phone, while driving. Plus it is illegal in most states.
Many people though use their phones for turn by turn directions and occasionally have to look at their phones. Looking down at your phone even for a moment takes your eyes off the road and endangers yourself and those around you. iStabilizer has a solution for this problem. They have made a windshield mount for the iPhone, most Android phones and GPS units. The suction cup base will mount to most windshields or dashboard. This keeps the drivers eyes level with the road, even when they are looking at the device. The Glass by iStabilizer can hold any smartphone or GPS unit up to 2.75 inches wide. It will even work if the phone is in a case. The base is detachable using a lock and unlock method and the arm is adjustable.
Normally the Glass by iStabilizer is $29.95 but thru today November 27 the cost is only $22.50. iStablizer also makes mounts, flexible tripods, monopods and dollies.