It’s almost like something from a spy movie, only this time it’s just an upgrade to the infamous selfie stick.
The product, called Podo, advertises itself as a wireless Bluetooth camera that you can stick to anything to take photos of yourself. It can take eight megapixel photos and shoot videos at 720p, take up to two hours of video on a single battery charge, and store all its data on a 4 gigabyte hard drive. The specs are pretty reasonable for a camera that can fit into the palm of your hand.
From the get-go, Podo uses the selfie stick fad to promote itself, and so far it seems like the idea is catching on. With 29 days still to go on the product’s Kickstarter, its $50,000 goal has already been reached six times over.
In a video for TechCrunch, Podo’s co-founder Eddie Lee also advertised the camera’s ability to stick to just about anything. One of the camera’s selling points is that it can be stuck and re-stuck as many times as you want without ever needing to replace it.
While Podo is certainly a less embarrassing alternative to the selfie stick, it’s likely that many backers want one of the cameras simply because it’s a clever and relatively inexpensive idea. Given the way Podo is advertised, however, it speaks to the current controversial nature of the selfie stick.
The selfie stick’s controversy isn’t just over opinions that it makes you look silly — and, some have argued, an egotistical addiction — and different ideas as to what’s acceptable to do in public. Many major museums have actually banned the selfie stick completely, arguing that they have the potential to damage art and bother other patrons.
Selfies themselves, a Metropolitan Museum of Art spokesperson explains, are just fine. The camera isn’t the problem; it’s the stick that has to go.
“From now on, you will be asked quietly to put it away. It’s one thing to take a picture at arm’s length, but when it is three times arm’s length, you are invading someone else’s personal space.”
Podo isn’t the only product designed to combat the current selfie stick stigma. For those looking for a little more stealth, you can use a short stick that disguises itself as a snap bracelet when not in use. Alternatively, if you want even more flexibility than the stick provides — or if you just want to get rid of the stick itself — you can get your very own personal selfie drone.
Taking photos of yourself is hardly a new practice, but the way people’s perceptions of an item like the selfie stick have manifested into new inventions is fascinating to watch. The stick, the wristband, and the drone have already become quick successes, and so far, it’s looking like the sticky selfie camera will do the same.
[Photo via Podo Kickstarter]