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XiStera smartphone tool promises to do just about everything

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The XiStera is designed to be made of a stainless steel component over molded with a rigid and shiny rubber called TPV Santoprene.

One of the more interesting Kickstarter projects we've seen lately is XiStera, an all-in-one smartphone tool that promises to do just about everything the mobile photographer on the go might require.

This smartphone gadget serves as a lens adapter, stand, tripod mount, headphone wrap and stylus for your iPhone 5. It also works as a bottle opener and key chain, and can attach an optional LED light to your phone.

Watch the XiStera in action: 

With the XiStera already accomplishing above and beyond its $19,000 Kickstarter goal, its creators have dreamt up three more stretch goals to expand the XiStera possibilities through its June 8th fundraising deadline. Until the device is actually in production, it's tough to speculate about its performance, but we'll look forward seeing if it fits as a pocketable Swiss army knife for smartphone shooters.

Comments

Total comments: 26
RLPhotoAndImaging
By RLPhotoAndImaging (May 19, 2013)

Cool but it sucks that I'd have to remove my case before each use.

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Petrus Magnus
By Petrus Magnus (May 18, 2013)

Interesting brand name: XiStera. If you pronounce it "existera" it will sound like the Swedish verb existera, which means "(to) exist". For that reason I thought the guy behind the gadget was Swedish--in fact, I was sure of it, until I found out his name was Joe Adams and that he was an American. I wonder what the brand name is meant to suggest--if anything--to native English speakers.

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db.
By db. (May 19, 2013)

Maybe not Swedish but Spanish: "Chistera" (Top Hat). Then it would be what magicians get their most incredible items out of??

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EYap
By EYap (May 18, 2013)

What? It can't boil an egg or fry bacon? I don't think I want one...

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racenviper
By racenviper (May 17, 2013)

Look like something the TSA will not let you on a plane with.

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db.
By db. (May 17, 2013)

If it allowed me to put my iPhone on the Canon EOS 6D's hotshoe, I'd even had a swivel-screen on that cam (the feature I miss most, as I often taking architecture images with a tripod). And, in that case, I might buy a XiStera, indeed! Please let me know!!

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db.
By db. (May 19, 2013)

It should, though, be possible to use it on the hotshoe in portrait as well as in landscape orientation!

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VikVision
By VikVision (May 17, 2013)

Very interesting. A similar design should be developed for the iPad!

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Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (May 17, 2013)

Do they have no faith in their own product?

Reminds me of the last US presidential election, one candidate 'loaned' his/her own campaign $8 million instead of spending his/her own $8 milion outright to try to win the election.
He/She lost the election because of this one issue in my opinion, he/she was not willing to back up his/her own candidacy with his/her own money.

Sounds that this new product's designer has no faith to put up his own money.
Without Youtube I wonder if they would have even made the promo video.

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Mattwd
By Mattwd (May 17, 2013)

...I don't know what line of work you're in, but most up-and-coming industrial designers don't have an extra $20,000 burning a hole in their pocket.

Perhaps more importantly, Kickstarter serves as market research in addition to crowd-funding. Why should someone have blind faith in their product without testing the waters? This designer came up with a fun little gadget and decided to see if anyone else might be interested before sinking all of his pennies into it. Is that really not allowed?

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Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (May 18, 2013)

You missed my point.

You probably voted for him/her too.

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Mattwd
By Mattwd (May 18, 2013)

Just because I don't agree with your point doesn't mean I missed it. I think you're the one who missed the point. Of Kickstarter.

And the guy I voted for won. Both times. Not that it has anything to do with this. Well, other than proving the quality of your rationale.

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Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (May 18, 2013)

You indeed did miss my point:

Your words above:
"Why should someone have blind faith in their product without testing the waters?"

You assume all people backing up their ideas with their own money are acting by 'blind faith'?

Look up the phrases 'self-reliant' and 'government handout'. Try to discern which relates more closely to 'blind faith'

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Jonathan F/2
By Jonathan F/2 (May 17, 2013)

The iPhone is done. Tracking hits on my websites show that Android based phones are in greater use.

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Mattwd
By Mattwd (May 17, 2013)

Really? A platform with hundreds of niche iterations is narrowly able to eke out a market lead over a single competing product? Google must be so proud.

I guess Leica should throw in the towel, since they're obviously "done" as well. Same goes for Lamborghini, Klipsch, and Patek Philippe. Pack it up guys, Jonathan has some bad news.

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Vince P
By Vince P (May 17, 2013)

Samsung Galaxy alone outsells it ...

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Mattwd
By Mattwd (May 17, 2013)

Good, maybe Apple will take the hint and discontinue the iPhone entirely. Last thing we need is a marketplace full of choices.

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DafO
By DafO (May 17, 2013)

Seems 75% of smart phones are now Android
http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2482816

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dpLarry
By dpLarry (May 17, 2013)

The iphone changed the face of handphones and continues to be hugely popular.

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mrdancer
By mrdancer (May 17, 2013)

Apple makes a fantastic phone. It is all of the add-on issues that they provide with it that makes me want to never have one. Things like a) high initial price, b) proprietary connectors, c) lack of microSD, d) lack of Gorilla Glass (hope you have insurance if you drop it!), e) lack of easily-changeable battery. All of these, save for the high initial price, could be easily fixed and make it a much more attractive phone. Until then, I will go with another brand. Perhaps the Android competition will force Apple to relent on screwing its customers. Comptetition is always good!

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Mattwd
By Mattwd (May 17, 2013)

And those are all perfectly legitimate qualms...which clearly don't matter to the millions of people who buy iPhones. Competition IS good, but only as long as customers realize that every product is not tailored specifically to their needs.

Apple makes one phone (for now) and that's what you get. Take it or leave it. Nobody is being forced to use an iPhone if these problems are insurmountable, but many Android users continue to berate the entire platform because they don't understand that their evaluative criteria might not be the only set.

I don't consider Android to be inferior, but sometimes it really smells like an inferiority complex to me. Almost like they want the "cool" phone but are annoyed that it doesn't fit their needs, so they say ridiculous things like "The iPhone is done" to convince themselves that they made the right choice. This might not be the case, but why else pick the fight so often?

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Bakman_29
By Bakman_29 (May 18, 2013)

Ok Android, great. Which specific Android device should an industrial designer target at ?

You see, the Android fragmentation problem does not only exist in the software area.

The iPhone is most utilised for photos than any other device, thus: this is a smart move.

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guamy
By guamy (May 16, 2013)

They should include car door,tv remote and car starter as well as back scratcher and a zapper for muggers so i would be a happy camper.

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Dan Tong
By Dan Tong (May 16, 2013)

Seems pretty clever, based on video, for just the basic functions for $15.

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Steve Ives
By Steve Ives (May 16, 2013)

Looks fun - shame some people don't know the meaning of the word... "Oh, how stupid! Why would ANYONE want this when they could simply carry their 1D-X with 70-200 F2.8, 600 F5.6 and the 1.4 and 2.0x TCs with them?"

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Anepo
By Anepo (May 16, 2013)

Such a useless "tool" not worth whatever price they put on it.

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