Glif: An iPhone 4 tripod mount and stand

The Glif may be one of the coolest contraptions designed for the iPhone 4 to date, and you can be a part of its production.

Simple and elegant, the Glif is an easy way to mount your iPhone 4 for perfect tripod pictures. Glif

The Glif may be one of the coolest contraptions designed for the iPhone 4 to date, and you can be a part of its production. The Glif, a tripod mount and stand for the iPhone 4, was created by New York City's Tom Gerhardt, a software and hardware developer, and Dan Provost, an interaction designer.

So how can you be a part of this cool little accessory? Gerhardt and Provost are leveraging the crowd-sourced power of Kickstarter to fund the manufacturing process needed to get the Glif off the ground. With 29 days to go, the duo has managed to already meet their $10,000 goal and exceed it by more than 50 percent.

Clearly this product is something people are interested in. And for a mere $20, you can get one, too. Well, you can preorder one, at least. Your donation to the project gets these things made, but you also get the product. It's a win-win. And that's the power of Kickstarter.

Here's why the Glif exists, straight from the guys who are making it:

"The idea for the Glif was first formed when we realized the iPhone 4 is literally the best camera we've ever owned. With the addition of HD video recording and high dynamic range photography, it's clear Apple is positioning the iPhone as a very high-quality portable camera. But because of its small form factor (and Apple's minimalist design approach) it will never contain a threaded nut for attaching a tripod, standard on almost all photo and video cameras. Solutions for mounting an iPhone to a tripod exist (DIY or otherwise) but they are typically bulky and cumbersome. Our goal was to create something small, simple, and elegant."

The Glif functions as a stand for your iPhone 4 making FaceTime a hands-free "FunTime". Glif

It's the utility and simplicity that really make the Glif stand out to me. So, don't waste any time, get over to Kickstarter and help support a great project by preordering one.

Do you know anyone creating great iPhone accessories and using crowd-sourced funding on Kickstarter? Let me know in the comments!

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