Smartphone tripod, Hover 2 4K drone, and more – Notable crowdfunding campaigns

NEWS – This week I’m bringing you three Kickstarter crowdfunding campaigns for photo and video creators. I’m setting goals to be more creative with my photography and video in 2019 and all three of these products would be great for me. How about you?

The Ultimate Kickstand

What is it?

The Ultimate Kickstand is a folding tripod for smartphones.

Why is it cool?

Why do I think that the Ultimate Kickstand is cool? Unlike most portable stands that I’ve seen and used, the Ultimate Kickstand allows you to position your phone in almost any angle or orientation. Not just in landscape or portrait orientations. You can also adjust the angle of the screen so that you can view the screen hands-free.

The inventor sent me a prototype of the Ultimate Stand that he had made with parts that were printed with a 3D printer. Although the prototype was pretty rough, I can see the potential for a stand of this type.

Where can I find more info?

The Ultimate Kickstand campaign ends on 1/20/19 they are working towards their funding goal of $10,000. You can pre-order an Ultimate Kickstand starting at $15. After the Ultimate Kickstand campaign ends, rewards are estimated to start shipping in May 2019. Visit their Kickstarter page for all the details.

Pivo

What is it?

Pivo is a photography and videography accessory for your smartphone that works with an app to provide 12 shooting modes which include auto-tracking of the subject.

Why is it cool?

I think Pivo is cool because I can envision several ways that I could use this device to help me with the video and images I capture for the reviews that I do. The auto-tracking feature of faces and objects is the one that intrigues me most.

Where can I find more info?

The Pivo campaign ends on 1/10/19 they have already passed their funding goal of $25,000. You can pre-order a Pivo starting at $79. After the Pivo campaign ends, rewards are estimated to start shipping in March 2019. Visit their Kickstarter page for all the details.

Hover 2 4K Drone

What is it?

The Hover 2 is a folding 4K drone that flys itself.

Why is it cool?

Why is the Hover 2 drone cool? I think it’s cool because it has 3D radar that provides 360-degree obstacle avoidance which is killer. That’s my biggest issue with drones. I always end up flying them into things like trees and buildings. With this one, that would not be a problem anymore. The Hover 2 can also do cool cinematic shots that can take your videos to new heights. See what I did there?

Where can I find more info?

The Hover 2 campaign ends on 12/29/19 they have already passed their funding goal of $100,000. You can pre-order a Hover 2 starting at $449. After the Hover 2 campaign ends, rewards are estimated to start shipping in March 2019. Visit their Kickstarter page for all the details.

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