On Monday, Podo, an app-controlled, “stick-and-shoot” camera, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Early backers will be able to pre-order Podo and receive the product by August. Podo will be available to the mass market in the fall.
The pocket-sized Podo is the first camera to use “microsuction” technologies, which allows it to stick to any solid surface such as walls, windows, ceilings or mirrors. The device connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to iOS and Android devices and can take photos, videos, time lapse and GIFs, which users can immediately share on social media. No transfer cables are required.
President of Podo, Eddie Lee stated,“We live in a connected world that communicates visually, yet what we capture is currently limited by the length of our arms. Podo frees you to be creative and spontaneous, while still giving you control via your phone. People can now take great photographs of themselves and their friends without worrying about how to capture what they want.”
The Kickstarter initiative will give fans the opportunity to own the product first, among other custom rewards. Rewards include a limited number of $79 “Early Bird” Podos as well as a standard price of $89 per Podo after Early Birds sell out. In the fall, Podo will retail for $99.
Podo has already won various industry awards including the “Audience Choice Award” at O’Reilly’s Solid and Plug and Play Tech Center’s “Top Startup” award. Podo was also a semi-finalist at Web Summit’s Spark of Genius startup competition and received the top Global Brains Award at the Global Brains Summit in Japan.
Podo will ship by August 2015 due to its collaboration with PCH Access. Its campaign is set to close on April 21st.
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