Following the initial 2015 Kickstarter campaign from Podo, in which they raised over nine times their goal, the first prototype of the Podo was released. Reviews for this initial prototype applauded the micro-suction pad, but were critical of connectivity problems (due to auto sleep settings), image quality, and the amount of time it took for images and videos to transfer to the Podo App.
In their updated prototype, Podo has increased the size of the devices pixels, allowing for more light, better dynamic range, and reduced noise, giving you a better picture. On top of this, the bite-sized invention promises to deliver better quality photos than can be captured with an iPhone 6s or Galaxy S7.
So, how does it work?
The camera connects to your phone using Bluetooth, which can then be controlled with the use of the Podo app. The app allows you to see your shot live and adjust camera settings, set a countdown timer, or just take the photo. New shooting modes, editing, and other updates can be downloaded through the app. No longer being limited by the reach of your arm or a selfie stick, the Podo can attach to most surfaces (like walls, windows, polls) and can capture a moment from any perspective.
Podo uses a micro-suction pad, meaning it won’t loose its adhesivity. All you have to do after use is wet your finger with water and gently wipe the surface, and after it’s dry, it’s good to go. If you use a hairdryer, all the “grippy features” loosen up, and the pad will work as good as new. There’s also a magnet, so the device will grip best to metal surfaces.
As well as saving your arm, the Podo allows for more professional looking self-portraits and insures no one will be left out of a group shot. After you’ve taken the shot, the image is sent to your phone in a few seconds for you to share on social media, because unless the moment is on Facebook, it didn’t really happen, did it?
Podo is available for only $49 USD via the Podo Kickstarter page until the 13th of October.