announces the release of their newest product, on September 24, 2012. A revolutionary new smartphone accessory, the SlingShot by Woxom is a handheld stabilizer, tabletop tripod, and professional tripod mount compatible with all smartphones with or without a case.
Invented by Charles Waugh, professional photographer, artist and design engineer who lives in Boring, Oregon with a studio in Portland, Oregon, the SlingShot was developed over two years and funded by Kickstarter. Surpassing its original goal of raising $20,000, the product raised $70,000 on Kickstarter, and has been reviewed by Wired, AppAdvice, MASHABLE and CNET (among others).
“As a professional photographer, I was frustrated and downright scared when fumbling my smartphone with my fingertips to shoot videos, so I decided to design my own smartphone stabilizer”, said Charles Waugh, SlingShot inventor.
“Smartphones are the go-to device for many of us when shooting stills and video, and that’s a market I wanted to be a part of! Creating a product that’s pro without costing pro level dough so anyone can get the perfect shot gets me one step closer to my dream.”
With SlingShot, amateur and professional videographers can use their smartphone to capture videos without undesirable shakes, and easily capture effects like time-lapsed videos. Used as a table-top tripod or attached on any other tripod, SlingShot allows easy shooting or viewing of videos and teleconferences.
The SlingShot’s cradle is made from industrial-grade acetal copolymer and expands to fit any smartphone, even with a case. The cradle mounts to any standard tripod, and the contoured handle hides a set of legs to transform it into an instant tripod.
SlingShot will be available for $19.95 (MSRP) from woxom.net, Adorama, Photojojo, and other Woxom-authorized specialty retailers.
The fine folks at Woxom sent me what looks like a final production model of the SlingShot to test and review.
Immediately after opening the package I was awe struck by its unique design, like nothing I’d even seen before (mind you, I had not seen an image of the product prior to unpackaging) I was impressed by how light the product is, but it did raise concern of it’s durability. Nonetheless, the SlingShot is very sturdy even with an iPhone 4s and Galaxy 3 placed inside the u-shaped cradle, respectively.
The cradle bends and flexes to expand around the smartphone of choice. It also has a standard screw mount hole for placement onto other tripods. As a unit, the Slingshot screws onto a pivoting ball joint handle, equipped with two small legs inserted into the handle itself. The ball joint stays in place quite nicely, must use force to pivot.
With my 4s placed inside the cradle I ran a couple of test to see what the grip of the cradle could withstand. Waving the gadget side to side, up and down, even upside down, the iPhone did not budge from the cradle. I did experience the slightest of movement of the iPhone inside the cradle when shaking it side to side, but it did not concern me because the grip is solid and when am I actually going to be shaking the the device out in the field?
In action the Slingshot does exactly what it is suppose to do and that is to minimize unwanted wavering and stabilize video capturing. It’s being marketed as a videography product, but it is very useful in still mobile photography as well, which will be my main purpose for using it.
The SlingShot is a unique product and will make an excellent addition to the ever growing “camera bag” of any iPhoneographer or videographer! And yes, it is compatible with the new iPhone 5!
Luck for you, our readers, iPhoneogenic has secured a number of giveaways in which we will be rolling out in the weeks to come after the official launch of SlingShot, stay tuned!
For now, ONE lucky reader will win a SlingShot courtesy of Woxom! All you have to do is leave us a comment below expressing why you would like this product and how you plan to use it. This offer ends Friday, September 28, 2012 12 noon US central, Good Luck!
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