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Ten minutes with the SwitchPod made me realize how much I hate my dumb Gorillapod.

Scheduled to ship in August, the SwitchPod is a light-weight, handheld camera stabilizer that doubles as a tabletop tripod. And that’s it. In fact, it keeps it so simple, it’s stupid—in a good way.

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It doesn’t promise to cling to tree branches, like the Gorillapod, or offer weights to create a pseudo-gimbal like other stabilizers.

Instead, it focuses on its primary functions, and adds a lot of smart, near-invisible flourishes photographers and vloggers will appreciate. These include magnets on the legs to keep them together in handheld mode, two ¼-20" threads to attach accessories, a tightening knob on the underside of the body, and fuss-free switching between handheld and tripod modes.

Potential backers: There’s less than a month left to enjoy the pre-order $20 discount on this fully-funded campaign.

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