It was only two weeks ago that we were reporting on the Picosteady, a steadycam rig for the iPhone. It was lighter and cheaper than traditional steadying devices, although at $139 it now seems really expensive when compared to the $40 Stabil-i.
This is a very compact video stabilization phone case; it’s both a protective case for the iPhone and a steadycam rig. Granted, it adds some bulk and weight: it increases the length of your phone by 5% (dock to power button), 15% in width, and will make up 55% in thickness (front face to back). It also represents a 35% increase in weight, mostly due to the counterweight’s presence. But the tradeoff is that you’ll be able to shoot smooth, fluid video pretty much anywhere you are, within seconds. The sample clips included in the demo video after the jump are very impressive, especially given the fact that this is a $40 device.
It currently only works with the iPhone, though other models will come later. It’s going through the funding phase on Kickstarter and for a little while longer, a $33 pledge will get you one. It’s $44 after these early bird models are sold out.