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January 07, 2007


photo of MonsterPod

MonsterPod is one of those genre-redefining inventions. In this case the genre is the camera tripod. With MonsterPod, the whole world is your tripod. The device consists of a rubberized disc bonded to an elastic polymer material that clings to just about anything. Slap it on the side of a tree, the hood of a car, a ceiling, you name it. Then take your shot and just peel it off. It sticks via Van der Waals force, not glue (it's the same molecular principle used in gecko feet) so the Pod doesn't leave a mark and never stops working.

Now the thing won't hold forever in all cases -- the camera on the side of a tree may only stay in place for several minutes to an hour or so before it begins to sag and eventually fall off -- and it's not strong enough to hold a pro SLR or a video camera, but for your typical digital camera it's brilliant.

You can buy one for $20 at Amazon and you can see it in action on MonsterPod's fairly awful website.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at January 7, 2007 07:45 AM


The review at Amazon gives it 1/5. I've pasted the review below. Is it really that bad?

I cannot tell you how disappointed I was when this arrived. I was under the impression that this was some new hi-tech material that is sticky but does not get dirty... It's just basically silly putty... Firmer, yes.... stronger, probably, easier to clean? Maybe... But it's basically just strong silly putty. Would you stick silly putty to a tree and expect it to come back off in any reasonable condition? No... Maybe I'm missing some magic here... I haven't actually stuck it to a tree yet, but I have stuck it to my wall and it already has lots of hair and stuff in it.

In short, this is not the miracle gecko-foot material or whatever... it's just basically silly putty. It may be useful, but don't expect much more than that.

Posted by: rob at January 8, 2007 02:53 PM