Just launched on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, Steadify enables photographers to keep their camera steady using a wearable hip-based stabilizer rather than a tripod. The wearable device features a telescoping monopod attached to a three-axis ball-head on a base plate. That base plate is stabilized against the wearer's hips, where it is carried using a strap around the waist.
Steadify has an anticipated $159 USD MSRP with shipping scheduled to start in October
Steadify is secured with a magnet when not in use, and features a universal mount that can be swapped out with a quick release ball-head. Users have the option of attaching a zip pocket to the base plate for storing batteries and other small items. The team behind Steadify bills their product as a highly portable, easily deployed alternative to tripods that can be used with a single hand.
Steadify is being offered to Kickstarter backers who pledge at least $99 USD; the device has an anticipated $159 USD MSRP with shipping scheduled to start in October. Assuming the campaign earns enough money to reach its stretch goal, the team also expects to release a smartphone adapter for the monopod.