About this project
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.
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.
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.
Other parts can still attach as normal (ball heads, cameras etc..)
It'll really improve the way you use Pica-pod.
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.
- 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
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 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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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