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Attach Droid to tripod?

Discussion in 'Android Accessories' started by bobfinn, Dec 13, 2009.

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    Has anyone figured out how to attach a Droid to a tripod?
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    Never needed too....Maybe modify a hard case...
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    Yeah, I never thought I'd need one either. Then I found a free app called Qik that allows you to live-stream video to the internet. Five minutes after I downloaded it my mother-in-law was watching her granddaughter decorating the Christmas Tree. And today I live-streamed a welcome home party for a newly adopted child, so relatives on the other side of the continent could see it.

    Qik is an absolutely amazing app, but the Droid is not exactly ergonomically designed to be held steady for long periods of time. Hence my desire for a tripod attachment.

    I'm thinking a modified case, or maybe a suction cup with a receptacle for a standard 1/4" tripod screw. However, before I expend a lot of brain power on this, I'm wondering whether anyone has solved the problem already.
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    Yeah, get a universal car mount and drill/tap it for a 1/4-20 mount. Should be pretty easy.
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    I would suggest buying the cheapest Droid case that has a solid hold. Just affix a nut to the back and thread it onto a mini flexible tripod.
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    i wonder how hard it would be to make the "sleeve" of the car dock fit into something else that would allow the tripod mount. maybe the car dock could be suctioned on to a piece of clean metal for weight and then mounted that way.

    i'll have to give that a try and report back.
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    I have one of these and it works great, but it uses suction cups. I dont think they would hold too well on the back of the Droid. But as a PP mentioned you can always buy a case to make it work.
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    Report on Gorillapod suction cup and another tripod question

    Thanks for suggesting the Gorillapod suction cup device. I already own a Gorillapod, so for $9.99 I was able to order a little kit containing one suction cup attachment and two adhesive attachments.

    Unfortunately the suction cup didn't stick on the back of the Droid at all. It did stick for a little while on the front, but I wouldn't feel comfortable having it support the Droid. Also, putting it on the front obscures the screen and usually blocks an important control.

    I'm returning the kit to Joby. Of the other suggestions offered, the one that makes the most sense to me is to find an appropriate case and attach a 1/4" nut to it.

    Does anyone have a specific case suggestion? And for attaching the nut, epoxy or something else?

    Bob
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    For attaching the nut, you can't go wrong with JBWeld.

    Did you do this mod yet? I know it's only been a week or so.
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    Thanks for suggesting JBWeld.

    I'm still looking for the perfect case to weld the nut to. Ideally it would be one with a relatively flat area on the long axis so the nut could be attached evenly and securely. And the case should be easy to put on and take off, since I'd only be using it when I needed a tripod.

    Any ideas?
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    With JB Weld, you don't need even and secure. Just gob it on and it will hold. You can always file it down when it's cured to make it look pretty.
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    Totally Rigged (but it works:)

    I take pics with my digicam for my cooking blog and this is a recipe I used to concoct a tripod mount for my droid after my digicam fell in a pot of soup I was preparing:icon_eek:

    1 half boiled, ill fated, broken digicam
    1 old, cracked, plastic, black and pink, plaid droid phone cover
    a good coating of super glue

    • carefully unscrew the digicam and remove the tripod mount, keeping the sorrounding plastic intact
    • superglue the flat, plastic part of the tripod mount onto the flat plastic part of the old, cracked, plastic, black and pink plaid droid phone cover
    • don't worry about overhang, just make sure phone sits level, and let dry
    • snap the cover onto a droid phone
    • mount onto a tripod
    • take pictures or video
    • don't bring phone out into public like this unless you want everyone to say what the *bleep* did you do to your phone
    BUT IT WORKS!!!:icon_ banana:
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    Duct tape? Velcro ? :icon_ devil:

    Bueller?
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    The other possibility is take an extra battery cover and epoxy the appropriate size nut to it. Then you can just swap battery covers when you need the tripod.
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    So you can take horrible, blurry pictures? How would this be marketed?
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    i don't think my creation could be marketed at all because it looks hideous and will probably break at some point, but it works for now and takes good pictures of food as it is stable. for sure, if someone could come up with an attractive, easily attatchable case with a hole that fits onto any universal tripod, that would be a seller, i'll buy one!!! but why doesnt motorola just put a universal tripod attatchment on the phone, like a digicam or videocam? that would be sweet! they could even then sell their own brand of tripods at the store and make even more money. mo money mo money mo money! i miss that show, remember homey the clown? maybe i'll go you tube in living color on my phone, love it! HAPPY SAINT PATRICKS DAY, parade day here in pennsylvania :beer2:
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    One could just by a tripod and get some double stick adhesive pads and put it on the flat camera mount on top of the tripod.

    But this whole jerry rigging talk has me thinking of that contest college students do with eggs, try and make a contraption they can put the egg in and drop it 3 stories without the egg breaking..anyone willing to try with their droid? ;)
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    We did that in high school physics. Mine worked!
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