Glif - iPhone 4 tripod mount and stand

A couple of New Yorkers have introduced a very slim and elegant solution for iPhone 4 photographers with their invention of the Glif tripod mount and stand. Glif is an iPhone 4 accessory that works as both a standard tripod mount and kickstand. The minds behind Glif put together a promo video that showcases using the Glif to participate in activities such as hands-free FaceTiming, watching videos, making movies, and using your iPhone as an alarm clock.

The idea for the Glif was first formed when we realized the iPhone 4 is literally the best camera we've ever owned. With the addition of HD video recording and High Dynamic Range photography, it's clear Apple is positioning the iPhone as a very high quality portable camera. But because of its small form factor (and Apple's minimalist design approach) it will never contain a threaded nut for attaching a tripod - standard on almost all photo and video cameras. Solutions for mounting an iPhone to a tripod exist (DIY or otherwise) but they are typically bulky and cumbersome. Our goal was to create something small, simple, and elegant.

And something small, simple, and elegant they did!

Not only did Tom and Dave invent a fantastic accessory, but they have a story that is just as amazing. After designing the Glif, they put it up on Kickstarter in an effort to raise the $10,000 needed to put the Glif into production. The design was so popular, they received almost $140,000 in pledges! Incredible. The Glif is now in full scale production and available to order for $20.

This accessory truly is amazing with such a great story and I can't wait to get my hands on one.

Check out the video after the break!

[Glif via TUAW]

Glif Montage from Glif on Vimeo.

[Vimeo link]

Leanna Lofte

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Micho says:

Were and when can I buy it!

Jb says:

wow....i was doing a project in school using kick starter. we had to create an advertising banner for any project we liked. i passed over this one and read into it about a month ago and it seemed pretty cool until i realized it only fits a naked phone. my phone always has a case on it so i doubt ill be getting it.

Leanna Lofte says:

Micho, you can order it directly from Glif.

parabel says:

The iPod nano watch conversion kits (mentioned here yesterday) also do incredibly well on kickstarter - already $452'000 pledged (with an initial goal of $15'000). A good idea is everything.

marktaylor#AC says:

So, these guys must have owned some pretty crappy cameras in the past.
Regarding the accessory, good concept.

GAMH says:

Good idea! But does it allow to keep the iPhone in a protective case, eg. Otter box Defender?

Alli says:

No, GAMH, for naked iPhone only. Which is what will prevent me from buying one right away. Bummer.

Robert says:

I hope they (or someone) comes our with a similar accessory for cased ip4's. I really want to mount my ip4 to my travel tripod.

fastlane says:

I'm all over this. Will be great with the "Slow Shutter Cam" app.

opeycunningham says:

That promo is so very Wes Anderson....right down the font (futura I think?).

xcubelabs says:

I want to buy this soon. Could you please guide me on that?

Crayolaboi says:

I want one. I'm already accustomed to taking my case off for all the AUX cables I have so I guess it wouldn't be that bad.

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fastlane says:

This is one of those things I look at and want to smack myself for not thinking of it. It's so ridiculously simple, but brilliant.

Brian Austin says:

No need to take your case (even the Otter Box), off your iPhone with our GrippIt! iPhone adapter. Available now at for $9.95. Great Christmas present for iPhone owners that want to use their phone with a tripod.

cosby says:

Ordered mine! I replaced the glass back on my iphone4 with a metal back and now I'm naked. The Glif looks awesome for taking slow shutter images and I aleady have the Gorillpod tripod features in the video so I'm stoked for this cool accessory.

iphone repairs says:

I like this post the most:-)

BradPCT says:

I like the Glif, but the company I work for, PC Treasures, offers a cheaper alternative that will let you attach your smartphone to a tripod without having to take your phone out of its protective case. It's called the Grippit. Check it out at

BradPCT says:

Sorry. That link again is

Tom Munch says:

Got my Glif in just now. It's pretty cool. I don't know if it's $20 cool though. It just fits on the iPhone by friction, and even with a screen protector on front and back it's not very tight. I definitely wouldn't trust it hanging from a tree like they show on the website. Still, it will be a welcome stand for travel and night-stand duties.

Nalo Country says:

What happens when your tripod tips over with your precious iPhone attached, very likely it won't be a pretty sight. Considering how clumsy many people are a tripod attachment would work better if the phone was protected a bit more.

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Noe Shaffen says:

I am insanely organized with my inboxes (we have so many don't we?) and so I generally answer immediately or asap and then delete. My email is the same way. I think I have OCD when it comes to this topic lol.

buku01 says:

This is amazing.I'd like to get one.

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