Smartphones these days are so powerful and packed with features that simply using them as phones just doesn’t make sense anymore. That is where smartphone accessories come in, helping users maximize their devices for whatever purpose they need. One example of a great accessory is the smartphone gimbal, which enables buttery-smooth video recording for pretty much everyone.
Right now, there are a few name-brand gimbals available on the market. They are largely similar, and seem to be working just fine for the current requirements of smartphone gimbal users. But one China-based company called Snoppa wants to re-invent the gimbal and make it so much better.
They are doing so with the launch of the Snoppa Atom, a pocket-sized 3-axis smartphone gimbal that is now in the midst of an ongoing crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. It’s described as lightweight, portable, rich in functionality, and compatible with a number of so-called app extensions. And it just might be the smartphone accessory to watch at this moment.
The Atom has a leg up on the competition on a few fronts. It has all the typical features of a 3-axis smartphone gimbal, such as compatibility with most smartphones and an accompanying smartphone app, but it also provides a few well-thought out extras.
Firstly, the Atom has a foldable design that makes it easy to carry around and store. It also has a built-in mic jack which is quite helpful since Apple and many other smartphone companies have decided that their latest flagships are simply too good for the old standard. And it comes with not one, but two built-in 2000mAh batteries that let it runs for up to 24 hours on a single charge.
Speaking of which, the Atom even Qi wireless charging. So if you feel like charging your smartphone with it, but don’t want to use the built-in USB-A port for it, then you can just do it wirelessly while your phone is docked in the smartphone holder.
The Atom kind of sounds like one of those things that would be so great if it actually existed, and oh, would you look at that? It actually exists, right now. Only it hasn’t been released yet, as there is a month to go before Snoppa’s crowdfunding campaign for it ends, but if you look now, you’ll see that it’s already a success.
On the Indiegogo website, you’ll find the Atom’s crowdfunding page up with a target of only $10,000 (a little under Php 540k). It has been two days and the campaign has already raised $117,939 (more than Php 6M) and counting. Now if that’s not a successful crowndfunding campaign, we don’t know what is.
Despite all its great features, perhaps the craziest thing about the Atom is its price: just $79 plus shipping fees for those who want the “basic pack” and tripod tier on Indiegogo. There are more expensive packages, but that’s just how crowfunding campaigns work. It’s out in two colors: Mystery Black and Sakura Pink.
Certainly, it’s one of the most interesting smartphone gimbals we’ve ever come across. What do you think? Is this something that might get you into smartphone cinematography? Sound off in the comments.