Let me start this by making it clear that I am all for innovation and unique ideas. Useful products and powerhouse entrepreneurs shape the world we live in. The Beastgrip is certainly unique and if you're looking to turn your phone into an SLR, go for it. The thing looks like it would do well in the phoneography arena. Perhaps some of you will want to make your phone as large as possible so it becomes the equivalent of a full SLR in size. Maybe using your phone instead of that big bulky camera is just slightly too convenient. Fret not, there is a solution! I mean, really, just look at the size of this thing:
If that doesn't scream "convenient" I don't know what does. I for one am pretty fed up with how easily my phone fits into my pocket. The product itself is decently well thought out despite the obvious part of making your phone enormous. A few accessories added onto the modular frame will allow you to turn your once wimpy phone into a multimedia producing Dr. Octopus of awesomeness.
The Beastgrip is capable of attaching to rails, tripods, steadicams, and even automotive mounts if you're feeling frisky. Not to mention the shotgun mic your smartphone has always been missing. No sir, an Otterbox just won't do...I'll be needing a pelican case for my phone!
In matching colors...
I can't tell you how badly I want to like things like this. The problem is that real innovation in the "phoneography" market isn't going to come from a modular lego vice-grip, it's going to come from a brilliant optics innovation that keeps the device small. Vadym Chalenko, the creator of the Beastgrip, has done a wonderful job of creating a product and crowd-funding it. Make no mistake about that. As it stands the Beastgrip has raised close to half of it's Kickstarter goal with 24 days left to go. I have no doubt about the goal being reached, and I truly hope it does. I really want to be proven wrong here. However, just like the Snuggie, this seems like a painfully pointless invention. Which means it's going to sellout immediately once it's publicly available.
If you want one, or want to support their development you can do so on the Beastgrip Kickstarter Page
Just use a camera!