Stickier than PepsiBlue, The Monster Pod (tripod)
March 1, 2006 7:23 PM   Subscribe

The Monster Pod tm *Now with more viscoelastic morphing polymer* AS SEEN ON Book of Joe (p.s. it's not an apple product, it's a tripod and a very sticky one at that!)
posted by shoepal (24 comments total)
Featured on MacWorld, too. Also, I have no affiliation with the MonsterPod people, I just thought the mefi photography krewe here might appreciate the product.
posted by shoepal at 7:26 PM on March 1, 2006

I would buy one if I could figure out how.

That is one fucking weird website.
posted by metaculpa at 7:31 PM on March 1, 2006

Why bother with multiple pages on your website, when you can put it all on one page? And when the whole point of the site is to sell the product, providing a link to a sales page is a triviality. Still, I was intrigued enough to look for one.
posted by crunchland at 7:34 PM on March 1, 2006

My very own Katamari!
posted by sourwookie at 7:35 PM on March 1, 2006

Interesting product. Insane mess of a website.
posted by brain_drain at 7:35 PM on March 1, 2006

Apparently not for sale yet, though it certainly takes a lot of persistence to discover that.

Is the ultra-wide site trying to make a statement, or what? I don't get it. Seems I suspect a lot of maybe not super savvy users will totally miss the action in the right column.
posted by heresiarch at 7:36 PM on March 1, 2006

"COMMING SOON- SHIPPING IN 2 WEEKS!" (or so it says)

I must admit I'm rather afraid of / intrigued by something that sticks to, well, anything, and also lets go of that which it sticks to. And why stop at tripods? Sourwookie's got a good point. This thing is Katamari incarnate. Think of the military applications!
posted by shoepal at 7:37 PM on March 1, 2006

I wonder what it does with loose hair, lint, Jelly Bellies I dropped under my desk, moss on the sides of trees and sand?

This is fresh on my mind because I just bought some self-stick bubblewrap to ship a camera, and I spent a few minutes pulling carpet fuzz and some of my darling wife's hair off of it before I could ship it without feeling like the person on the other end would be all "eeeew" about it.

Otherwise ... nifty!
posted by mph at 7:43 PM on March 1, 2006

What's with the GIANT website? I feel like my monitor needs to be several meters larger.
posted by arcticwoman at 7:47 PM on March 1, 2006

Never mind the sceren dimensions, that's one huge collection of high-quality jpegs (which is necessary when you want text to look good jpeg compressed instead of say, ehm.. plain html?)

8.7MegaByte per page-load. They'd better pray they don't get popular.
posted by fvw at 7:52 PM on March 1, 2006

Well, technically it's a monopod, isn't it?

Seems like a nifty idea and not too expensive, but I wouldn't put a digital SLR on it, or at least not with a zoom lens on it.
posted by clevershark at 8:00 PM on March 1, 2006

There's no way in hell I'm hanging my Nikon FE2 off of that thing. I'll stick to my Velborn mini tripod. My old Nikon CoolPix? Maybe.

I'm pretty sure that's the same sticky polymer they make those vending machine favorites like wacky wall crawlers, sticky hands and such, as well as the semi-solid stretchy goo that's inside some keyboard wrist rests.

The same semi-solid goo that's so much fun to extract and make a giant sized wall crawlers and sticky hands out of. Seriously giant sized. We've stretched those gel wrist rest innards over 50 feet, and swung them out to pick up a sheet of paper 15-20 feet away. Mind the recoil. Watch for low ceilings. Don't smack your boss with it.
posted by loquacious at 8:08 PM on March 1, 2006

But how long does the flavor last?
posted by HTuttle at 8:16 PM on March 1, 2006

loquacious, you are not alone in your gel wrist rest amusements.
posted by shoepal at 8:27 PM on March 1, 2006

swung them out to pick up a sheet of paper 15-20 feet away.

It's really nice to snatch old CD cases (though they sometimes tend to shatter) — sticks really well, even at a huge distance.

In the college dorm, we used to snatch textbooks.
posted by rafter at 8:39 PM on March 1, 2006

I prefer the Gorillapod.
posted by Tenuki at 9:02 PM on March 1, 2006

I don't expect it'll be long before they get a Cease and Desist from Marvel.
posted by ursus_comiter at 9:30 PM on March 1, 2006

The only good thing to come out of this thread is the gorillapod link. Thanks, Tenuki. And thanks for wasting my bandwidth on that terrible waste of time, shoepal.
posted by puke & cry at 10:05 PM on March 1, 2006 [1 favorite]

You have bandwidth limitations? What kind of ISP do you have?
posted by ryanhealy at 10:27 PM on March 1, 2006

Website also designed by a lovely old lady whose eyesight is GOING.

Chief engineering problem I can see with this is how do you get it level? I predict lots of slightly off kilter photos, so you might as well hold the camera in your hands.
posted by Eideteker at 10:42 PM on March 1, 2006

Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

Happy Fun Ball comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Happy Fun Ball

posted by LondonYank at 2:32 AM on March 2, 2006

Glad to be of service, puke & cry!
posted by shoepal at 9:53 AM on March 2, 2006

Here's a C|NET review explaing a little bit more about how it works. If you can get the video to play, that is.
posted by pkingdesign at 11:27 AM on March 2, 2006

I wonder about the lint-and-stuff problem as well. Other than that, nifty idea. As is the gorillapod.
posted by hattifattener at 11:31 AM on March 2, 2006

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