While at Photoshop World a couple of months ago I met the crew from Platypod and I love this product! The concept is simple - they've designed the perfect replacement for a tripod in so many different situations. While it's not for every application, it's one of those products that should be in everybody's camera bag. You never know when you're going to need a solution for a challenge you didn't expect to have.
I had some fun recently using my Platypod as a microphone stand when filming my monthly video for Shutter Magazine. Platypod is the adult version of the erector set I had when I was a kid - I can build almost anything with it. I was going to be in the pool making a point about my August article and needed a low angle for my lapel mic. Sorry, you'll have to watch the complete video to understand why I'm in the water wearing a jacket, shirt, and tie!
I grabbed the screenshot above from the Platypod website along with the short promotional film below because they do a far better job than I can of demonstrating the versatility of the product line. It's inexpensive, durable and as Moose Peterson put it, "elegant." Check out the complete Platypod line with a click on the family shot above.
PS - And no, they're not an SCU sponsor and I am not being compensated for this post - I simply love companies and products that solve problems and have been developed by great people!