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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.

Friday Finds: GorillaPod dances into the 80’s and Fun Customer Feedback

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Happy Friday!

The Friday before a long weekend here in the States, how lovely. My dance-loving-mood continues this week with a 80’s inspired groove fest with a dancing GorillaPod by Justin Bolduc Turpin.

GorillaDance from Justin Bolduc Turpin on Vimeo.

Feeling the need to travel, but not quite ready to pay for a ticket to Barcelona? David Kenny stitched together a series of lovely time lapse videos from a trip.

Barcelona, Spain portrayed through timelapses. from David Kenny on Vimeo.

This week we had two amazing stories sent into customer service.

The first comes from Australia, here’s what Lance Royce had to say:

“I live in Cairns Queensland Australia and in the aftermath of the Cyclone this month we lost power for almost four days.  We had a gas stove to cook on, but no clean light to see what we were cooking, so I got my Gorillatorch and attached it to the metal range hood (see attached pic’s).  We also used it to light up our living room by pointing the Gorillatorch on the white ceiling giving us a brighter area to help read and see better.

Thank you Joby for a fantastic, practical and useful product.”

Another customer, came up with a great new use for the GorillaMobile Ori – the workout.

I love the rainbow effect of the store aisles from the long exposure photo shot using a GorillaPod attached to a shopping cart by Dr Syntax.

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And now for some valentine’s lovin’…

The GorillaPod video made the top Valentine’s picks for US Magazine.

Not to be forgotten, the GorillaPod Focus got a great write-up by Layers Magazine.

Friday Finds: Photography with Fimo Characters, Time-Lapse Photography and Yogi press

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Hello Creactives,

Welcome to Friday and hopefully the start of a lovely weekend. This first  image is absolutely adorable at first glance…although it becomes a little more sinister as you take a deeper look. These precious fimo characters seem to be having a jolly good time at play with hearts and love in the garden. But then there seems to be a pile of (dare-I -say-it) poop next to them. And, the GorillaPod monster does look like it is about to feast on the cute little bunnies. Maybe the carrot will be saved by the bunnies –  clearly they  are way more interested in each other than the whole idea of eating.

Carrot - fimo version

I love the lighting in this beautiful study of childhood and well sharpened colored pencils by Stefan Bassman.

"Buntstifte" – Projekt 365 – Tag 37

Not sure if this was shot with a GorillaPod or not, but it is interesting and so I thought it was worth including. This video is a compilation of time-lapse videos shot from hotel room windows over the course of a year by Phillip Bloom. It is an interesting way to look back on a year. I think if I were to do it for last year, it would include a few slightly less picturesque views of air shafts and alleys.

Finally, a great write-up of the GorillaMobile Yogi on Gear Diary. I am not so clear, why you would want to wear the Yogi as a necklace, but I am eager to find out more.  This use on the other hand would come in very handy.

Friday Finds: Ode to the East Coast Storm and Surviving Doomsday

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Happy Friday!

Although you wouldn’t guess it by looking out the window here in San Francisco, this has been a crazy week for all things weather. In honor of the crazy storms that have crushed much of the US, below is a time-lapse shot using Gorillacam.

On a related note, we were thrilled to find the GorillaTorch Blade in the company of Tactical Bacon and the Bed Bunker in MSNBC‘s list of essential products to survive doomsday.  Yeah, I am not joking…

Friday Finds: GorillaMobile Ori and Yogi for iPad take off

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Hello Creactives!

Last week at CES, we launched two incredibly different iPad products. Apparently, we weren’t the only ones excited by our creations.  The GorillaMobile Ori won best in show for Beatweek Magazine. Notcot didn’t only love our product they also marvelled at our booth and the origami that we used in both our stop motion videos and to draw attention to our new products. This great in depth piece covers our partnership with Origami master Robert Lang who not only created a sculptural element for the booth, but also crafted amazing origami for our stop motion video to help launch GorillaMobile Ori for iPad.

And now for just a few of the highlights:

Wired covers the Ori: JOBY’s iPad Case and Stand Folds Like and Origami Puzzle

Crunch Gear has a playful approach to their coverage of both the Ori and the Yogi: JOBY comes out with iPad Accessories

CNET calls the Yogi Knobby: CES: JOBY offers iPad cases: One sleek, one knobby

Gizmodo showed the Yogi some love: The GorillaMobile Yogi Will Twist and Bend to Hold Your iPad Just How You Like It

Engadget showcased Scott speaking about both of our products: JOBY Ori and Yogi iPad cases hands-on


Friday Finds: GorillaPod is in the Center of Major World Events, a Clever Film and Last Minute Gift Ideas

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Happy Friday!

What an interesting surprise for us this week when,  the cover of the International Herald Tribune came out with the newly released Burmese Democracy Activist, Aung San Suu Kyi and a yellow original GorillaPod.

This clever film, shot mostly from the biker’s viewpoint is a pleasant way to ease into the weekend. Watch and you’ll understand the title…

‘Sport makes you younger’ by Alfredo García from ArboreScentia on Vimeo.

With Christmas less than a week away, last minute gift guides are still coming out. Some of my personal favorites are this article in Budget Travel highlighting the GorillaMobile for iPhone 4 and Wired’s Geek Dad Holiday Gift Guy with the GorillaTorch Flare. It’s not often we get paired up with Bacon Wallets and Lego Harry Party. 

Friday Finds: Holidays and Contests

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Hello Creactives!

Well, it is hard to best the dancing wonders of Ellen. This week, JOBY continued to be declared the ultimate Christmas gift throughout the world with appearances on AOL’s Holiday Gift Guide, Techradar in the UK, What’s Your Tech in Canada, Tu Experto Movile in Spain, and Gizmodo Germany.

The contest season continues. Be sure to enter the MacWorld Photo contest (sponsored by JOBY) so that you can win some awesome JOBY prizes. If you are not quite the photographer, the Instructables will help you engage you inner DIY spirit with the Transform It contest. Even if you aren’t feeling the Martha or Bob Villa  power, be sure to check out the entries, some are quite entertaining.

Today marks the 10th day in our “Tis the Season” campaign. To participate, be sure to check out our Facebook page and tell us your favorite guilty singing pleasure.

And now, a little midday pick-me-up…what does it mean that my favorite part is the random appearance of the ladder?

Dancin’ On The Street from Tony Carretti on Vimeo.

Friday Finds: Foot tapping worthy videos filmed with Gorillapods and Press for Gorillamobile for iPhone 4

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Hello Creactives,

To get us into a swinging weekend mood, I have two great videos filmed with Gorillapods this week. The first one really has a Gorillapod SLR Zoom as the star of its very own madcap adventure movie.

1-Mintue Silent Film from Fatma Al-Nasr on Vimeo.

This video of the cameraman doing his thing during a soccer game comes with a dancing-in-your seat worthy ditty.

Offside – Swedbank Stadion from Niklas Kristensson on Vimeo.

And of course, this week would not be complete without mention some of the amazing press we received for Gorillamobile for iPhone 4; including ZDNET, Engadget Macworld, and Gizmodo. Plus, Gorillatorch Switchback got  a lovely write-up in WIRED who declared “Headlamp + Lantern + Tripod = Sheer Brilliance.” We may blush, but we’ll take the compliment.

For all of you in San Francisco, JOBY will be at GDGT Live tonight, be sure to swing by!

Friday Finds: Furry Creatures in New York and funny press for the Gorillapod and Gorillatorch Blade and Gorillatorch Switchback hit the mark

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Hello Creactives,

Friday has arrived and a restless spirit has descended on the Joby office. It has been quite a week in San Francisco. In case you didn’t know, the Giants won the World Series, there was an election and somehow we managed to have summer in November for a few precious days.

To start off Friday Finds, I wanted to share this humorous take on the Big Apple (where I was last week). There is nothing quite like a fuzzy monster walking through Time Square. I love the fur on this guy.

Up in the Air

We were honored to appear in the “What is in the Staff Photographer’s bag”  by Fred Lum from the Globe and Mail. Here’s what he had to say about the trusty Gorillapod:

Lastly, there’s one piece of gear I don’t use very often but find it indispensable when I do need it and that’s a Joby Gorillapod. It’s got articulated legs which have rubberized rings and feet which have tremendous stiction and can wrap around whatever you can find.

The San Francisco Chronicle suggests that the solution to your camera “shaking like a nervous chihuahua” is the Joby Gorillapod. Plus, love the title of this piece, “Six reasons your travel videos stink.”

November is here and with that starts the Holiday buying season and the gift guides. Blast Magazine honored Gorillatorch Blade (even though the Gorillatorch Flare is shown) as a selection in their 2010 Holiday Automative Gift Guide for “anyone who drives or loves their automobile.”

“Gorillatorch Switchback sheds light on campers,” states USA Today in this review of the latest product in the Joby arsenal. Happy to help her cross her nephew off the gift list for the Holidays.

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday Finds: First Day of Skiing – Really? Press for Gorillapod Focus and Gorillatorch Blade

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Happy Friday Creactives!

It has been fantastic weather here in San Francisco with lovely summer-like evenings. Of course, elsewhere in the world, they seem to have made the transition to cooler climes. I love the miniature look of the video below taken by Fredrik Nordheim as he rediscovered his winter feet (ie skis again).

A short film from my first day on skiis this year in Engelberg. from Fredrik Nordheim on Vimeo.

Crunch Gear published a great story about how to take good pictures of the night sky and even gave a shout out to our lovely Gorillapod.

Sharing the News

The Gorillapod Focus and Ballhead X got even more attention this week with this full review on Crunch Gear.

The press keeps coming for the Gorillatorch Blade, below are a few excerpts from some of the great hits we received.

On Gadget Review:

The Blade on the other hand is solid all around. It’s body can best be described as a chunk of solid metal (aircraft-grade aluminum) – that’s a good thing. And of course there is Joby’s patented bendy legs with magnetic feet, which means it works just about any where you need to stick it. It’s rated IPX-5 water resistant and uses a an ultra-bright CREE XLamp XP-C LED bulb.

The battery, which lasts about 2.5 hours on full power (130 lumens), is completely rechargeable. A mini-USB port is hidden behind the rubber switch, which flips opens to reveal the port and they’ve include a wall wart with a USB plug, so if need be you could charge this thing via your computer’s USB port. Charging is indicated by a blue LED inside the lens that remains lit until charging is complete.

I4U gave a 9 out of 10 rating for the Gorillatorch Blade.  They particular were excited about the ability to use the light both hands-free and tactically.

The Blade flashlight slips off easily but it is held very snugly when on the rail so you can poison it in any direction without fearing that it will slip off the tripod. Another key difference in the Gorillatorch Blade and the other Gorillatorch flashlights is that the Blade has an internal rechargeable battery. A rechargeable battery can be both good and bad.