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Old 03-29-2011, 03:00 PM
Anjuan Simmons
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Default Pose Your Gadgets with the Friendly Neighborhood Spiderpodium

<p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1301009585.usr1.jpg" /></p><p>Gadgets&nbsp;are usually in one of two places:&nbsp; a hand or a storage location (pocket, carrying case, purse, etc.).&nbsp; However, there are many times when a gadgets needs to be in a "third place".&nbsp; For example, a digital camera may need to be put on a table to take a time delayed picture of a group of people.&nbsp; Or, a smartphone with GPS capability may need to be positioned on a bicycle handle in order to measure speed, pace, and distance along a trail.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.breffo.com/about.html" target="_blank">Spiderpodium </a>($19.99 direct)&nbsp;by Breffo seeks to be the accessory that you reach for during these "third place&rdquo; moments.<MORE /></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/wpt/auto/1298584781.usr25349.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p><em>Figure 1: Behold, the Spiderpodium! [Image courtesy of Breffo]</em></p><p>The Spiderpodium looks like a rectangle with a hole cut in the middle with eight legs attached the sides.&nbsp; The hole functions as a portal to connect a charging cable to a gadget held in the Spiderpodium.&nbsp; It seems to be designed with the standard dock connector for iOS devices like the iPod and iPhone in mind.&nbsp; The eight legs can be manipulated to bend in an almost infinite combination of positions.&nbsp; For example, two of the legs can be twisted around a gadget to hold it in place while the other six are used to hold the device in the air.&nbsp; The Spiderpodium is made out of a rubber material that is easy to grip and bend.</p><p>Gadgets that work well with the Spiderpodium include smartphones, digital cameras, GPS navigation units, and any other pocket sized mobile device. While I found that it could be used to support larger gadgets like a seven inch tablet, doing so gives up a lot of stability because the arms are not able to completely reach around and grip the ends of the device.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/wpt/auto/1298586063.usr25349.jpg" style="border: #d2d2bb 1px solid;" /></p><p><em>Figure 2: The Spiderpodium, squished flat.&nbsp;</em><em>[Image courtesy of Breffo]</em></p><p>The Spiderpodium can be used in two general ways: as a tripod or as a hanger.&nbsp; As a tripod, it supports a gadget from below while resting on a surface.&nbsp; This allows gadgets to be posed even if the surface is not completely flat since the Spiderpodium&rsquo;s legs can moved to compensate for any height differences.&nbsp; As a hanger, the Spiderpodium supports a gadget from above while hanging in the air.&nbsp; This is useful when there are no flat surfaces or when you need to put a gadget in a high position.</p><p>Securing gadgets in the Spiderpodium does take a fair amount of practice.&nbsp; It takes time to determine the right number of legs needed to hold a device, and it can be difficult to bend the legs in order to properly wrap around a gadget.&nbsp; However, as I continued to use the Spiderpodium, I became more adept at bending and wrapping the legs.</p><p>One of my initial recommendations for the Spiderpodium was to offer a model with with longer legs.&nbsp; I then checked the Breffo website and discovered that they do indeed sell a <a href="http://www.breffo.com/aboutspt.html" target="_blank">Spiderpodium Tablet </a>designed for larger devices like tablet computers and electronic readers.&nbsp; One recommendation I do offer is to make other colors available other than black and white.</p><p>Selling for $19.99, the Spiderpodium does a good job of meeting your &ldquo;third place&rdquo; gadget needs.&nbsp; It provides an almost unlimited number of positions to place your mobile devices exactly where you want them.</p><p><em>Anjuan Simmons is a freelance technology writer&nbsp;who is passionate about the ways that technology can be used to enhance and improve our lives.&nbsp; He enjoys&nbsp;gadgets, <a href="http://www.anjuansimmons.com" target="_blank">blogging</a>, public speaking, and international travel, and he is extremely excited about <a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/events/event_IAP6840" target="_blank">speaking at South by Southwest Interactive </a>on March 12, 2011.&nbsp; Anjuan lives in Houston, Texas, with his beautiful wife and three amazing kids.</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com//ppct/auto/1240336793.usr1.gif" /></p><p><strong>Do you enjoy using new hardware, software and accessories, then sharing your experience with others? Then join us on the <a href="http://www.thoughtsmedia.com/reviewteam.php" target="_blank">Thoughts Media Review Team</a>! We're looking for individuals who find it fun to test new gear and give their honest opinions about the experience. It's a volunteer role with some great perks. Interested? <a href="http://www.thoughtsmedia.com/reviewteam.php" target="_blank">Then click here for more information.</a></strong></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com//ppct/auto/1240336793.usr1.gif" /></p>
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Old 03-29-2011, 04:10 PM
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I'm tempted to buy one just for the conversational value! It really does look pretty cool, though, and I can see it coming in handy in SO many places.

Am I the only person who sees this thing grabbing an iPod and immediately thinks of "Alien?"
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:22 PM
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I'm oddly attracted and repelled at the same time .... I keep looking at the phone in the picture, waiting for a small mobile phone to violently burst out of the center of the screen ...
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:30 PM
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I'm oddly attracted and repelled at the same time .... I keep looking at the phone in the picture, waiting for a small mobile phone to violently burst out of the center of the screen ...
Heh. Yeah, it has a very insectoid design...I can see some people avoiding this product if they have a strong fear of spiders. I bought one of the black ones and quite like it, though I keep forgetting to bring it with me on trips...
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:18 AM
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Don't like creepy-crawlies, so, the strong visual association means I will pass. Plus, it does take up quite a bit of space.
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...it has a very insectoid design...
Technically, the term would be "arachnoid."
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:50 PM
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I'm oddly attracted and repelled at the same time.
[sigh] You've just summed up my love life all in one sentence.
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