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Friday Finds: Contest Running Out, GorillaPod Video honored by T3 and GorillaMobile for iPad 2 Vanity

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Happy Friday Creactives!

First, let’s start with your weekend assignment: only five days left to enter the Frame X Frame – Stop Motion Addict Contest. Winner gets a grand prize of a Canon 7D, so time to work your magic! Not feeling creatively incline? Be sure to vote for your favorite videos for the fan favorite award. Want to find out more about Frame X Frame? Read this awesome review.

Here is a great example of your competition:

Best Gadget Accessory of the Year Nomination

What a great day to VOTE for JOBY!  We were absolutely thrilled to find out that the GorillaPod Video has been nominated as Best Gadget Accessory for 2011 by T3 Magazine. Help us win the top prize by voting for us.

 

GorillaMobile Ori and Yogi for iPad 2

JOBY’s newest products are off to a great start with coverage in iLounge and Ubergizmo.

 

Not to be totally left out, GorillaMobile for iPhone 4 got quite a shout out last week on Mashable.

Friday Finds:IDEA Finalist, the Mentalist, Kartell and JOBY does a tour of Europe

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Sweet! It is Friday!

JOBY products popped up everywhere this week from prime time TV to high end design catalogs, with a slight layover in some European capitals.

Awesome news – GorillaMobile Ori was selected as a finalist  for the 2011 International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) by ISDA!

 

 

iPads as the next generation of surveillance technology, may not be the most catching or realistic thing to ever appear on a TV show, but if you are going to do it – do it right. We were tickled pink to see GorillaMobile Yogi’s for iPad crawling around the control center in the season finale of the Mentalist last week.

Going a little more high brow? If you happen to get the Kartell catalog at home. You may see some surprisingly familiar imagery on products. We were psyched to see our office and products featured…sure they really cared about the bookcase, but that’s just gravy.

GorillaPods reintroduced themselves to the German market this week thanks to our new partner – HAMA Germany.

And then, the JOBY products were off to France to hang out with blogging and photography fun of Fanny’s Party – a hip press event held in Paris. There the team showed off the full product line with a special emphasis on GorillaMobile for iPhone 4 and Frame X Frame. It’s ironic that this picture could really use a tripod…

To round a very active week – GorillaTorch was featured in the Redbook and the JOBY|Peter Stathis Venture Collaboration had a great feature in the Huffington Post.

 

And now, it is time for the weekend!

 

 

 

Friday Finds: Frame X Frame Rises and the JOBY|Peter Stathis Venture Collaboration Gets a Warm Welcome

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Happy Happy Friday Friday!

 

What a week it has been!

The Stop Motion Addict Contest is in full swing  – so be sure to post your best videos!

 

 

And while we are talking about Frame X Frame, we have received some great coverage from the likes of Stuff and T3 among others.

Love this T3 shout out to the best in stop motion animation:

So if you want to create your own Wallace and Gromit, you can move your characters slightly every few seconds, or you can take a picture of, say the different stages of the moon every night.

JOBY | Peter Stathis Venture Collaboration

JOBY was in NY this week to launch our previously mentioned new lighting line. We have been thrilled by the coverage we have received from the New York Times to Fast Company to Apartment Therapy and beyond. Check out some noticeable quotes:

New York Times:

The table lamp is laid-back, and no wonder. Created by Peter Stathis, a San Francisco industrial designer, for Joby, a San Francisco consumer products company, Trapeze has the easygoing affect of a Bay Area windsurfer on a fair-trade coffee break.

But don’t be fooled by its relaxed demeanor. Trapeze has a serious side — it’s good for the environment, too. Introduced at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, which ended on Tuesday, the lamp has 102 LEDs embedded in its ultra-thin head; a diffuser softens and spreads the light so that it resembles the warmth of (boo, hiss) incandescent bulbs. Another bit of patent-pending wizardry allows Trapeze to bend like a Cirque du Soleil gymnast because no wires run through its jolly, bulbous joints. The current somehow manages to flow anyway.

Apartment Therapy:

Of all the cool stuff at ICFF this week, these new lights by Peter Stathis stood out by a mile.

 

Friday Finds: JOBY at ICFF with JOBY | Peter Stathis Venture Collaboration

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JOBY has arrived en masse in New York this week to celebrate the launch of the JOBY | Peter Stathis Venture Collaboration. ICFF opens on Saturday morning, and just to kick it up a notch, we are going to mark the send-off of the new lighting line at CITE -131 Greene St on Friday Night from 6 PM – 8 PM.

The new line of lighting products will be unveiled at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). The JOBY | Peter Stathis Venture Collaboration includes two movement–infused, sculptural lights that are engineered from the inside out and made to instantaneously engage the user by combining function with a sense of play.

Trapeze LED Table Light

The Trapeze LED Table Light presents a revolution in lighting. Ignited by LED technology and patent-pending 360º pivot movement, it is available in two sizes: small and large. With sweeping, fluid motion that works across three-axes, the counterweighted design allows for precise positioning.

The cutting-edge flat-panel LED technology, pioneered and developed by Stathis and his group for the last several years, is the thinnest and most efficient flat-panel LED light engine currently on the market – allowing for the illumination of large areas with brilliant, perfectly even, warm light.

Obus Indoor/Outdoor Light


Obus magically transitions between ambient and directional light to illuminate spaces indoors and out. A unique accent to any contemporary interior, the sculptural organic form produces even, warm ambient light. Once lifted, the portable Obus throws a concentrated beam through its base to direct light where needed.

The new lighting products are designed for JOBY by Peter Stathis, winner of the Editors Award for Best Lighting two of the past three years at ICFF, and highly-decorated industrial designer and principal at Virtual Studio.

Born out of the progressive business culture of California, the JOBY | Peter Stathis Venture Collaboration presents new strategies for design and development, and has created a rule-breaking vision on where American Design is headed.

Friday Finds: Frame X Frame, Addicts and Enigmatic Films

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Happy Friday Creactives!

 

So, Frame X Frame is off to the races and is meeting some awesome press and great downloads in the first week. Have you gotten your Frame X Frame on? Be sure to enter the Stop Motion Addict Contest – top prize is a Canon 7D – so bring your “A” game!

Want to find out more about the app? Read about it on Pop Photo

 

Heavily saturated and Zen Moment for your Friday:

 

Banc en miniatura?

And…now for some more odd views of the world…

Enigmatic Film Week

This intriguing film was launched this week with literally an army of GorillaPods. Don’t think I quite got what they were teasing..but the soundtrack keeps popping up all over the office as different people watch it.

Not really sure where this GorillaPod-filmed trailer is going, but the chase scene is pretty funny and oddly made us keep watching … might just be that kind of day.

Capsized from Irfan Ghani on Vimeo.

Friday Finds: GorillaPod Focus on the move, Hiking and Biking

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Happy Friday Creactives!

 

Somehow we have tripped into the middle of April and all that entails. This week brought with it some interesting videos from JOBY fans which includes some fun lip syncing which for a change does involve ABBA and  a great set of images in a blog titled “Hiking in Finland” about – you guessed it – hiking in Finland with a GorillaPod SLR.

First a test of a GorillaPod Focus mounted on the outside of a moving vehicle by JOBY fan  Zach Settewongse of www.s3films.com. Disclaimer – we do not suggest nor encourage you to try this out- but it is entertaining to watch.

“The Situation” Zach, Lisa & the Mini Cooper-S from Zach Settewongse • s3films on Vimeo.

 

 

Jolly Roger

Friday Finds: JOBY becomes a no-flexibility zone

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Like many gymnasts and dancers before it, the GorillaPod woke up Friday with a clear thought in its head, “I’m just too old for this sh**.”  After years of wrapping around poles, hanging from door frames and even- heaven forbid – straddling rocks, the GorillaPod has decided that this is the end of the road. Plus, “who needs to adapt to environments anyway?” he mused. “Too much choice and flexibility must be a decidedly bad thing. It’s an epidemic, people spend too many hours trying to identify the perfect cereal in the grocery store, or trying to figure out the perfect shot. It all comes to the same thing, just take the picture, who cares if you will forever be wiped out of the family album, only to make appearances with your arm blocking half the shot? It is all about simplification.”

And with that, the new curmudgeon, turned over in his bed and went to sleep.

 

Friday Finds: Trams in Hong Kong and GorillaTorch Flare in Parents Magazine

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Happy Friday!

This week a deluge  hit San Francisco, inspiring some members of the office to come to work in head to toe rain gear. While not winning any fashion awards, it probably did make for a more comfortable day at the office.

This magical video caught using a Lumix camera on a GorillaPod makes me, a lover of densely populated cities, want to get on a plane. I particularly enjoy the rhythm that occurs due to the trams starting and stopping.

Hong Kong: North Point to Western Market by Tram from David Gilbert on Vimeo.

GorillaTorch Flare was highlighted in Parents Magazine this month. It does look quite fetching against a turquoise backdrop.

Friday Finds: Photography that makes you think and the GorillaPod – the Outdoorsman’s Best Friend

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Happy Friday Creactives!

Today, I stumbled across this intriguing image with  a scary JOBY GorillaPod plus camera peering ominously over fright-filled cigarettes. The story behind the image is even more arresting as it is by a  Spanish photographer, J. Tiogran Solana who recently quit smoking and used the money he saved from not smoking to buy himself a camera. The cigarettes are there to help celebrate his one year anniversary with the his camera.

The Attack of the Tobacco Killer Camera

Two fun videos appeared this week embracing outdoor adventures. The first is a video of a clear love affair with  a Cannondale bike captured with a GorillaPod SLR Zoom.

Cannondale Bad Boy 2010 Hybrid from Tony Slater on Vimeo.

The second, makes me want to hit the slopes as the film captures the child-like grin you get while skiing…and the inevitable fall that comes when you are filming yourself doing it.

2011-02-23 FILE0010 Brighton Snowshoe Veljko and Devin Ski Pole Cam from Veljko Roskar on Vimeo.

Continuing to attract attention for it’s unique look and ergonomically-empowered  positions, the GorillaMobile Ori for iPad had a few strong write ups this week in iPhone Life Magazine and MacStories.

Great opening paragraph in the MacStories article:

For those still holding onto the original iPad, have you ever thought about stepping your game up when it comes watching a family movie or utilizing the iPad as a bookstand? That folio case you have isn’t going to elevate the iPad above those popcorn jaws, and you certainly aren’t going to get a stable viewing angle on a leather cover as you tap through a recipe book. Even with a slew of gadgets and arms, the iPad is only as flat as its case. JOBY will help your iPad avoid disaster with a product that’s quite transformative.

Friday Finds: Originality Rewarded and the GorillaTorch SwitchBack Gets Props

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Happy Sunny Friday!

First some formal –  yet very good news, JOBY was awarded a Utility Patent which officially recognized the pioneering and innovative functionality of the GorillaPod range of products.

Here is the text for the press release that we sent out last week:

JOBY, the innovative and award-winning consumer products company and creator of the world’s best selling camera tripod with over 1 million units sold a year, today announced that it has been awarded a utility patent for its iconic GorillaPod family of products. First launched in 2006 with the GorillaPod Original, this innovative approach to camera stability plus flexibility has helped fuel the growth of JOBY products and has helped make JOBY into an internationally recognized brand known for disruptive design and inspired functionality.

“We are honored that the US Patent Office has recognized our efforts with a patent that confirms the novelty of the GorillaPod line.”

“Our ball and socket technology has long been recognized as innovative and unique,” says JOBY CEO Forrest Baringer-Jones. “We are honored that the US Patent Office has recognized our efforts with a patent that confirms the novelty of the GorillaPod line.”

Issued on February 22, 2011, U.S. Patent No. 7,891,615 is JOBY’s first utility patent. It joins JOBY’s existing portfolio of domestic and international intellectual property protection, including trademarks, trade dress, and design patents. Known for unique products, JOBY has attracted copycats and has successfully enforced its intellectual property rights both in and out of court in the US, Canada and Australia. JOBY intends to use its new utility patent to protect its intellectual property as it continues to build on its past design and commercial successes.

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And now for a little visual break -this beautiful HDR, 3-dimensional-looking boat was shot by Will Hastings using the autobracket function of his Canon.
67/365 SS Columbia

The GorillaTorch Switchback was fought over and loved on Your Tech Report. Here is just a sampling of the praise the combination lantern and headlamp received:

The GorillaTorch Switchback is one of those rare products that is not only cool but extremely useful… succeeding in a truly valuable role exactly as advertised and designed.  While we test lots of great gear, there are a relative few that I immediately want to add to my own collection… and fewer still that I feel as strongly about as the Joby GorillaTorch Switchback. Whether you’re an outdoors person interested in some new gear or someone simply looking to enhance your home emergency preparedness kit, I can’t think of a more worthwhile addition – the Joby GorillaTorch Switchback, together with the included GorillaPod tripod, are just that good.  I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

Macworld included some warm thoughts for the GorillaMobile Yogi for iPad in their round-up of iPad cases.