Just when you didn't think your purse or wallet had any more space for plastic, here's a concept that might convince you to make room. ClearShot is a card-size stand for your smartphone that seems perfect for snapshots, video, chatting, and time-lapse pics.
Designer Mike Carney, a Boeing engineer, calls it the world's most portable phone tripod, and has submitted a patent for the design. It's only 0.09 inch thick, about the size of three non-embossed credit cards.
With a pinch, it unfolds into a ready position and supports all iPhone models, as well as Windows and Android phones. It can also be used with the Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, and Note.
It's handy for photos, video, FaceTime, and Skype, as well as functioning as a display stand for watching YouTube or films on your phone. It works in portrait or landscape orientation, and the angle can be adjusted from vertical to 45 degrees.
Another interesting aspect of the design is that the stands have holes and can be threaded with yarn. You can have your own customized embroidery.
The project has a week to go to meet its goal of raising $20,000. Backers have pledged nearly $13,000 so far. Meanwhile, ClearShot is a finalist in a Jack Daniel's-sponsored Instructables contest with a $25,000 prize for best business project.
Speaking of money, it looks like a great way to get those "money shots" that are sometimes impossible when holding a camera. Especially if you're the gravity-defying sort who enjoys midair portraiture.