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Organize any camera, phone, power bank etc to improve your shots. Works as a portable mini tripod or attaches to any full-sized tripod
Organize any camera, phone, power bank etc to improve your shots. Works as a portable mini tripod or attaches to any full-sized tripod
Organize any camera, phone, power bank etc to improve your shots. Works as a portable mini tripod or attaches to any full-sized tripod
217 backers pledged HK$ 194,135 to help bring this project to life.

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PICA-POD Mini Tripod - Adaptive Mounting Solution

HK$ 194,135

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   Stretch Goal #3 - Extra steady handle for only HK$100 if we can reach HK$185'000.

 

Introducing Pica-Pod 

                    

Pica-Pod is an adaptive mounting solution and mini tripod. It lets you mount and operate multiple digital devices simultaneously around your camera, using  proprietary accessories that provide an unlimited number of configurations to suit your style of photography.  Pica-Pod combines  picatinny mounting rails, standard camera screw points and multi-purpose mounts, to make for a fully adaptive system.

Please note: The Pica-Pod used in most of the images is already a first off-tool product in the final stages of completion. We’re almost ready for full mass production release, with your support from this campaign. 

Pica-Pod Features

The World's most adaptive mounting solution – combining the military standard picatinny mounting rail system with the universal ¼”-20 and 3/8”-16 camera screw standard makes Pica-Pod compatible with any current picatinny mounting accessory or any device that has a camera screw connection.

 

 

PICA-Pod is compatible with Gimbal solutions and provides a fully functional and adaptive platform
PICA-Pod is compatible with Gimbal solutions and provides a fully functional and adaptive platform

 

Easy to store away or attach to a full size tripod with the 3/8"-16 screw adapter. The Pica-Pod securely fastens to the base of the camera/ Ball Joint/Tripod using the recognized 1/4in-20 and or 3/8-16 camera mounting screw system standard.
Easy to store away or attach to a full size tripod with the 3/8"-16 screw adapter. The Pica-Pod securely fastens to the base of the camera/ Ball Joint/Tripod using the recognized 1/4in-20 and or 3/8-16 camera mounting screw system standard.

 

The Pica-Pod securely fastens to the base of the camera/ Ball Joint/Tripod using the recognized 1/4in-20 and or 3/8-16 camera mounting screw system standard.
The Pica-Pod securely fastens to the base of the camera/ Ball Joint/Tripod using the recognized 1/4in-20 and or 3/8-16 camera mounting screw system standard.

 

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Update 1

We're just coming out the Chinese New Year here, most factories are still closed. So we've been using this time to continue to improve the User Experience of our Pica-pod.

We added some functionality to the round clamp that allows the multi purpose mount to attach without tools. Simply screw it on. When it gets tight, it will be able to snap into landscape and portrait modes easily using spring loaded detents.

Improved landscape and Portrait modes
Improved landscape and Portrait modes

 

Tool-less assemply
Tool-less assemply

 

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Other parts can still attach as normal (ball heads, cameras etc..)

It'll really improve the way you use Pica-pod.

Future plans

The Pica-Pod mounting system is designed to evolve further as an extendable  'eco-system' that will continue to be expanded upon. We hope to bring a community together and get more inputs to make improvements  that  refine and extend the range of accessories to attach onto your PICA-POD. We already have a lot ideas in mind...but more immediately we hope to obtain  funding to afford the start up of mass production.

Why the funding? 

The HK$ 125'000 funding goal is to provide a budget to purchase a material inventory for mass production and commission our production partner to roll into manufacturing.

This image seeks to visualize each of the pledge contents
This image seeks to visualize each of the pledge contents

 

First off tool products used in the team's testing
First off tool products used in the team's testing

 

Pica-Pod Specs.

  • Military grade Picatinny mounting solution
  • Tri-Rails Picatinny design offering 3 ways mounting possibilities – Compatible with all Picatinny clamp devices
  • Storable miniature Tripod with anti-slip rubber feet
  • Quarter inch-20 UNC compatible screw thread on the end cap interface with any quarter inch compatible accessories
  • Rounded C-Clamps for additional gear attachment
  • High strength Aluminium 6061 body with anodized finishing
  • High resistance to corrosion
  • Laser etching graphics application
  • Range of color application
  • Load capacity up to 5kg
  • Light weight: 0.35kg (Main body and Mini Tripod Legs only)
  • Length: 137mm
Extend connect ability with our accessory packs
Extend connect ability with our accessory packs

When will Pica-Pod ship?  

Right after the Kickstarter project successfully completes we plan to roll into mass production right away. As we already have the tooling, an some first off tool products we don't anticipate any hold ups in the manufacturing stages. Here's out timeline outline:

Who designed PICA-GEAR? 

Pica-Gear is a brand powered by the Design Icon Team, one of Hong Kong's leading Design Consultancies.
Pica-Gear is a brand powered by the Design Icon Team, one of Hong Kong's leading Design Consultancies.

 

Pica-Gear Team pics
Pica-Gear Team pics

 

Pica-Gear Brand launch
Pica-Gear Brand launch

 

PICA-GEAR products are a combined effort from the Design Icon team at their main studio located in Hong Kong. Design Icon's principals Kevin O’Doherty, Mike Jerome and Billy Liu all have more than 20 year's experience designing and developing products for a Who's Who list of international  A-brand clients. More info at www.designicon.com.hk 

Where do I learn more about Pica-Pod and the Pica-Gear Team ? 

Head on over to www.pica-gear.com for more details.

Pica-Gear In the News

 

Click here to see news at the Pica-Gear blog space
Click here to see news at the Pica-Gear blog space

 

 

Click Here to read Hong Kong's e-zone magazine's review of the Pica-Pod
Click Here to read Hong Kong's e-zone magazine's review of the Pica-Pod

 

Click Here to read a review of the Design Icon Studio and the Pica-Gear development in London's New Design Magazine's 2017 Year Book
Click Here to read a review of the Design Icon Studio and the Pica-Gear development in London's New Design Magazine's 2017 Year Book

 

Click Here to read a review of the Pica-Pod in Hong Kong's DC Fever Magazine
Click Here to read a review of the Pica-Pod in Hong Kong's DC Fever Magazine

 

Click Here to see Pica-Gear's space at the upcoming Photography Show in Birmingham, UK
Click Here to see Pica-Gear's space at the upcoming Photography Show in Birmingham, UK

 

 
Click Here to see how the FunkyKit Team used Pica-Pod to record the ZOTAC 10th Anniversary Press Event
Click Here to see how the FunkyKit Team used Pica-Pod to record the ZOTAC 10th Anniversary Press Event

 

 

Click Here to see the Pica-Gear feature in the Hong Kong Trade Easy Magazine
Click Here to see the Pica-Gear feature in the Hong Kong Trade Easy Magazine

 

            
Click Here - The FunkKit Team show briefly how they configured the Pica-Pod to record the Zotac Factory Tour
Click Here - The FunkKit Team show briefly how they configured the Pica-Pod to record the Zotac Factory Tour

 

Click Here for a review made by the Japan Press Network  about  Pica-Gear's attendance of the HK Electronics  Show  October 2016 Event
Click Here for a review made by the Japan Press Network about Pica-Gear's attendance of the HK Electronics Show October 2016 Event

 

 

Click Here to see the FunkyKit Team's hands on review of the Pica-Pod
Click Here to see the FunkyKit Team's hands on review of the Pica-Pod

 

Click Here To see the Pica-Gear Booth at the HK Electronics Show, October 2016
Click Here To see the Pica-Gear Booth at the HK Electronics Show, October 2016

 

 

Risks and challenges

We have used our 20+ years of experience and knowledge of Product Design and Development based here in Hong Kong to drive this project.

In a way to mitigate risks, we’ve already worked through several stages of prototypes and already funded the product tooling to conduct product testing on manufactured versions of the product. As such our team is highly confident in how useful Pica-Pod will be, to a pro photographer or enthusiast alike.

As the product will be manufactured in China, factories expect higher manufacturing volumes which implies a high cost of the materials needed to get started. With your help, we can move into mass production and achieve a better product pricing for the community here.

We anticipate a two month manufacturing lead time though we are still exploring the shipping lead times of products from Hong Kong to key destinations in the US and Europe. We will monitor and provide updates as the campaign progresses.

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    Pledge HK$ 120 or more About $15

    Additional accessory pack

    Extend your connectivity with a set of 'picatinny clamp to 1/4in-20 camera screw' and 'adapter and phone clamp' accessories Free international shipping if ordered together with aPica-Pod. Add HK$120 for multiple sets Thank you for backing Pica-Pod!

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    Early bird - First Set Up

    Pica-Pod +Tripod + 1 'Picatinny clamp to 1/4in-20 camera screw adapter' + 1 'phone clamp'. Add HK$120 for international shipping. Select this reward and order in multiples of HK$ 600 if you would like multiple combos. Thank you for backing Pica-Pod!

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    Pica-Pod + Tripod + 1 'Picatinny clamp to 1/4in-20 camera screw adapter' + 1 'phone clamp'. Add HK$120 for international shipping. Select this reward and order in multiples of $750 if you want multiple combos. Thank you for backing Pica-Pod!

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    Pledge HK$ 900 or more About $116

    Fully Loaded

    Pica-Pod + Tripod + 3 Picatinny clamp to 1/4in-20 camera screw adapters + 3 phone clamps. Add HK$200 for international shipping. Select this reward and order in multiples of HK$ 900 if you want multiple combos. Thank you for backing Pica-Pod!

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    Pledge HK$ 3,900 or more About $503

    6 Pack

    It's a half dozen: Pre-order a box of 6 Pica-Pods. Great for photography meetups, kitting out a studio or small stores. Add HK$ 3'900 to your pledge for each additional 6 pack you'd like to order. Add HK$ 400 for international shipping. Thank you for backing Pica-Pod!

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