Traveling alone, Randel Byrd found it hard to take pictures and be in those shots at the same time. He didn't like constantly asking others to hold his camera or balancing his gadget precariously on fence posts or other objects. So when he got home, he started work on the MonsterPod: a supergrip tripod that holds a compact digital camera horizontally, vertically or upside down so photographers can set their self-timers and jump into their own shots.
stuck to a boat rail.
The gadget uses a patent-pending "viscoelastic morphing polymer base" to stick to surfaces including metal, wood, plastic, veneer, marble, Formica, cement, block, steel, stainless steel, glass, tile, enamel, sheet rock, rocks and trees. The 6-ounce gizmo can hold a camera that weighs 10 ounces or less--for up to 10 minutes, say the MonsterPod makers. The product goes on sale later this month for $29.95.