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How to make a cheap tripod mount for the iPhone 3GS

I‘m still working on my review for Obsessable, but one of the things that I’ve been thinking about since I first received my iPhone 3GS and started shooting video with it was that I needed a tripod mount to use it with my Joby Gorillapod.

For some reason, I was thinking about this tonight, and remembered the nice little white holster of plastic that came in the box of my iPhone 3GS and cradled it so nicely. So, I took that, took a 3/16 drill bit and drilled a hole where the camera is and another where the recycle symbol was on the back of the plastic holster. I shaped each hole slightly wider using the drill. The recycle symbol hole was just the right size to be a bit tight for the mounting screw, so that the screw itself could tap its own path tightly in the plastic hold. Once that was mounted together, all that was left to do was put a little padding and some tape over the exposed mounting screw to keep it from scratching the back of my iPhone 3GS, and then to find a way to hold the iPhone in the holster. Although it’s a bit of a quick fix, two thick rubber bands did the trick nicely.

Here’s a Flickr slideshow set of the tripod mount:

And here’s the two videos of the idea for the tripod and then the creation and first test use of the working finished product:

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  • mimbrava 6/25/2009, 11:44 pm

    I’ll be sure to try this when I get my 3G S in just under two years.

  • Dave 7/7/2009, 3:49 am

    Thanks so much for this idea. I’d love to put it to use to make some videos while I ride my bike. I already have a clamp w/ a swiveling head with a screw to attach the camera with it’s plastic holder.

    Now all I need is some sort of remote to activate the video on the iPhone, some sort of device – wired or unwired – I can attach to the handlebars on my bike.

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