Shoulderpod at MoJoCon 2016 in Dublin. The place to be if you are into mobile journalism!

THE SHOULDERPOD TEAM attended MoJoCon 2016 in Dublin last weekend. MoJoCon stands for Mobile Journalism Conference and is the place to be if you are a journalist or visual storyteller who uses your smartphone for creating and sharing content. The Conference took place the 29th and 30th of April at the Aviva stadium and was organized by "MoJo" guru Glen Mulcahy from the RTE.

Journalists from around the world met and shared the way they use their phones for planning, filming, editing and sharing amazing stories on TV, radio, blogs, Periscope, Twitter, Facebook, ... you name it. An exciting experience that brought together some of the most talented storytellers from all over the globe.

At Shoulderpod we have always developed our products with Mobile Journalists in mind and we were extremely excited to see how most of the equipment used during the conference were made by our brand.

Are you a mobile creative? Pick your mobile device and tell your story!

MojocoN 2016  - Mobile Journalism Conference Dublin - Mojo

MojocoN 2016  - Mobile Journalism Conference Dublin - Mojo

MOJO using Shoulderpod S1 mojoCON 2016  - DUBLIN - MOJO

MOJO using Shoulderpod S1 mojoCON 2016  - DUBLIN - MOJO

Guillaume Kuster from FRRANCE 3 TV - MOJOCON 2016  - MOJO

Guillaume Kuster from FRRANCE 3 TV - MOJOCON 2016  - MOJO

The Shoulderpod R1 Pro rig with the new Samsung VR Gear - MOJOCON 2016  - DUBLIN

The Shoulderpod R1 Pro rig with the new Samsung VR Gear - MOJOCON 2016  - DUBLIN

Oscar & Javier from El Taller Audiovisual  - MOBILE JOURNALISM CONFERENCE DUBLIN

Oscar & Javier from El Taller Audiovisual  - MOBILE JOURNALISM CONFERENCE DUBLIN





The RTE Staff using the Shoulderpod S2 Grip - MOJOCON 2016  - MOBILE JOURNALISM CONFERENCE DUBLIN - MOJO

The RTE Staff using the Shoulderpod S2 Grip - MOJOCON 2016  - MOBILE JOURNALISM CONFERENCE DUBLIN - MOJO





Enrique Frisancho from Shoulderpod at MOJOCON 2016  - MOBILE JOURNALISM - MOJO

Enrique Frisancho from Shoulderpod at MOJOCON 2016  - MOBILE JOURNALISM - MOJO






Shoulderpod now available in Japan

AT SHOULDERPOD we are proud to announce that the S1 Professional Smartphone Grip is now available in Japan through our new distributor Kopek Japan Corp. Kopek is a Tokio based company that distributes high end technology accessories for mobile devices, cable tv and audio through a large network of retail and online stores.  Interested in ordering from Japan? Visit Kopek's online store!



Shoulderpod partners with Eyetok, a company for managing and publishing user generated live content

Bruno Saguer and Oskar Vidal from Eyetok with Enrique Frisancho from Shoulderpod

Bruno Saguer and Oskar Vidal from Eyetok with Enrique Frisancho from Shoulderpod

EYETOK is a company that enables organizations such as brands, news corporations or events to acquire, manage and publish User Generated Live Content (ugLc). With Eyetok, now organizations will be able to generate and curate engaging live footage from brand ambassadors, while reducing the costs of production and distribution.  In the future, users will be able to generate revenues by creating epic stories and relevant live content for companies.

We are proud to see how the Shoulderpod products are the natural partners to the Eyetok's App. We are really excited to join hardware and software for allowing brand storytellers create and share wonderful content with the world. We see this partnership as a great opportunity for empowering Eyetokers around the globe share better visual stories with the Eyetok community.

Are you an mobile creative?  


Fine Art Photographer David Cochran tells his story

David Cochran is a Fine Art Photographer born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. David creates all of his photographic images with a Samsung Galaxy S6. An amazing collection of pictures with an unbelievable mixture of beauty and detail. This is his story:

"I have been an artist most of my life. As a young boy I remember taking pictures of my little brother looking through a window inside our old garage. Making a print, then matting and framing it myself. Getting the courage to take it to a local art gallery thinking they will laugh in my face or I will never here from them again… To getting a call from the curator of the gallery telling me he sold my image to a man wanting to give it to his wife. Apparently the gallery director told him a young boy photograhed the image, thinking he would pass on the purchase but he was adamant that his wife would love it. And she did! I remember going to formal art school studying art and design. Leaving photography behind. Working my way up to a design director living the corporate life. And now 50 years later back doing what I love, fine art photography. A full circle journey. The following quote I wrote sums up my feelings…"


"Photographs are like holes in the fabric of time. Each image is a glimpse of our essence. Our Being, captured... Even after our final breath".

David Cochran


"The Shoulderpod S1 is the best grip on the market for still and video photography! It is just what I need to photograph in the field either handheld or on a tripod".

David C.


Shoulderpod at MOJO Challenge Budapest 2015

Mobile Journalism (MoJo) is one of the most disruptive trends introduced in the news industry during the last years.

The potential of telling visual stories using mobile devices is becoming a creative and technical movement around most European countries. In order to train a team of 22 young and talented journalists in this new discipline, the European Association of Regional Television  CIRCOM, in partnership with MTVA Hungary,  will organize the second edition of “MoJo Challenge 2015” in Budapest from 4th to 11th October 2015.

There are two categories in the competition: the first category - Beginners - is a 5-day workshop for 11 beginners to mobile journalism and will include 3 days of training. The second category - Advanced - is for the more experienced MoJos and will also be a 5-day workshop to look at the latest developments in mobile journalism, storytelling sessions and knowledge exchange with time allocated for research before filming.

At Shoulderpod we are honored to support this great event and will keep working on developing professional smartphone tools for mobile creatives and visual storytellers.


iPhone 6s & 6s Plus Tripod Mount

iPhone 6s & 6s Plus tripod mount - Shoulderpod S1 

iPhone 6s & 6s Plus tripod mount - Shoulderpod S1 


The Shoulderpod S1 tripod mount is adjustable, so it is prepared for holding your new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with or without a case . Have fun with the new 12 mega pixel camera and the amazing 4K video capabilities of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Mount your iPhone on any tripod, hold it as a handy cam or use it as a stand when traveling. The Shoulderpod S1 Professional iPhone Grip will convert your phone into the most advanced mobile camera in the world.



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Travel photographer Alistair Ford tells his story

Travel photographer Alistair Ford is a Shoulderpod S1 user since the early days of our company. A few months ago he started tagging this amazing shots from the Greek island of Zakynthos with #shoulderpod and today we are really honoured to publish his work and his story on our journal.

Navagio Beach at Zakynthos shot with galaxy note 3 and Shoulderpod S1

Navagio Beach at Zakynthos shot with galaxy note 3 and Shoulderpod S1

My name is Alistair Ford, I was born in 1973, Derby, England and now live in Alfreton Derbyshire

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I have been taking photographs since 1998 but In 2006 I was diagnosed with Cone Dystrophy which is a genetic eye disorder that affects the cones in the back of both eyes causing my eyes to be extremely sensitive to light and loss of central vision. There are a lot of things I have had to give up doing because of my sight loss such as driving, going into buildings with bright lights and even going out on my own. But one thing I still enjoy doing is my photography. Although I had to sell my Digital SLR camera gear because I couldn’t see through the viewfinder anymore, I have found new ways to take photographs and videos and edit them using smartphones and tablets instead of cameras and computers. My current favourite is to use my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android Smartphone which has a huge 5.7 inch 1080p screen that makes a great viewfinder and a great 13 megapixel camera with an f2.2 aperture lens.

"The Shoulderpod S1 is a great piece of kit to go with the Note 3 that enables me to continue taking photographs with my smartphone when I thought I would have to give it up. I have found that the Shoulderpod S1 is really good to use when taking panorama photos and for shooting video handheld".

I have recently set up a blog and Facebook page where I share my photos from our favourite Greek island of Zakynthos. We have just visited this wonderful Ionian island for the 6th time. The island has a lot to offer the photographer with beautiful landscapes, a spectacular coastline and many beaches and mountain villages. I have taken thousands of photographs all over the island but this most recent trip was the first time I have used only a smartphone as my camera which worked really well capturing photos, panoramas and videos. After a day out taking photos I connect to the hotels WIFI and everything I shot during the day starts automatically backing up the Google Photos for safe storage. My favourite app for editing has to be Snapseed 2 in which one of the main filters I like to use is the HDR Scape to make my photos stand out from all the other travel photos you see online. I am looking forward to taking more travel photos with the Note 3 and Shoulderpod S1 and sharing them online for the world to see.


The Shoulderpod S1 is a the first smartphone grip with three functions: Tripod Mount, Filmmaker Handle and Traveller Stand. It is adjustable to hold any smartphone model comfortably and securely.



Photographer Davide di Tria tells his story

Davide Di Tria - Shoulderpod S1 & Nexus 5

Davide Di Tria - Shoulderpod S1 & Nexus 5


My name is Davide di Tria

I was born in 1983 in Vimercate, a small town near Milan, Italy. I live all around the world but mostly in Milan.

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I'm a freelance photographer and I'm fully in love with portait photography because I love to spend my time with interesting people. I love to listen their stories and then try to tell them through my images. My dream is to become a great portrait artist. I started some years ago and I can't stop now!

When shooting with my Nexus 5's camera I normally use my Shoulderpod S1 as a tripod mount. It's interesting to see how people's react when they see you taking pictures with a smartphone mounted on a professional tripod. For editing I love VSCOcam, PS Touch and for publishing my work of course, Instagram! I have some Manfrotto tripods that I use with my S1. My best tip: Just unleash your imagination and have fun!!!

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Visit Davide's portfolio here



Guillaume Kuster from France 3 TV shares his tips & tricks for Mobile Journalism

GUILLAUME KUSTER is a reporter from France 3 TV and works mainly for the local edition in Haute-Alsace, Mulhouse. He not only covers news and develops new ways of treating the information online but also works as a trainer on the use of smartphones for broadcasting purposes at the France Télévisions University. We met Guillaume at the MoJo Conference in Dublin last March 2015 and today we are pleased to share his interesting article including tips and tricks on how to use smartphones for mobile journalism (MoJo). Did we mention Guillaume uses the Shoulderpod S1 as part of his professional tools?

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Petits, légers et discrets, les smartphones sont la façon la plus rapide et la plus facile de produire de la vidéo, des photos et du son pour le web. Decouverte du MoJo, ou Mobile Journalism

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Need inspiration for telling a visual story?  Try looking for a nice object.  We found a paint box!

LAST WEEK, when trying to put some order at our Shoulderpod office, I found in one of the cupboards an old paint box from 1975. It was a Victoria Künstlerfarben model beautifully crafted in Munich by the prestigious brand A. Schutzmann Herrsching . However, what surprised me most was the obvious fact that everything was just exactly as I had left it 40 years ago, The 20 small oil color tubes, the 3 brushes, the turpentine bottles, ... every little piece was just as I had left it when I was no more than a 10 years old kid. A huge amount of memories came across my mind when I smelled the first resin vapors that escaped from its interior and in something that could be called an act of gratitude, I immediately decided that I had to do something with it.

So after some quick thoughts we set up our filming gear in the patio and made a short film evoking the act of opening the box. For the final panning-take we used an iPhone 6 mounted on a Shoulderpod S1, a Manfrotto tripod and the FilmicPro app. The intial "making-of" part was shot on a Nikon D3200 with a 50mm f:1.8 Nikkor lens.

The whole film was edited on an iPad Air using iMovie, except for the titles that were generated using the Pixelmator app. It was color graded using the "Western" filter included on iMovie and the music is our clasical "Shoulderpod Theme" composed on Garage Band and conveniently adapted to this short story.

Posted by Enrique Frisancho, Co-Founder at Shoulderpod

Christian Hounsounou tells his story

SOME WEEKS AGO we discovered the amazing work of amateur photographer Christian Hounsounou on Instagram. As a Shoulderpod user, he placed the #Shoulderpod hashtag on some of his images and we were immediately captivated by his high contrasted black and white silhouettes at the beaches of Dakar.  Today at Shoulderpod we are really honored to feature the beautiful work of this mobile photographer and to share his story.


My name is Christian Hounsounou

I was born in 1985, Cotonou, Benin, a west African small country and now I live in Dakar, Senegal.

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It all started a few years ago. It's true that I've always liked photography and arts in general. Before INSTAGRAM, I already spend many hours admiring pictures on or through Y.A BERTRAND's website. Then, encouraged by some friends, I finally decided to open my own instagram account. The next step was to find my own style, my personal touch in order to make people say: "This one belongs to @chrishouns" ... So, armed with my iPhone I started shooting and editing those black and white pictures mostly made on the beach. Oh, ... please notice that in everyday's life I'am a medical doctor (nephrology and dialysis) and I just take pictures for fun :-)

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Recently I discovered and quickly adopted the SHOULDERPOD S1 rig. During my walks on Dakar's beaches I usually search for great silhouettes so it really helps me to stay close to the soccer boys. Trust me, it's really a great ally to avoid wetting my iPhone by keeping it safe and secure. For sure the it was exactly the mobile tool I was looking for!

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Other Apps and mobile tools I use: Lorystripes, CameraPlusPro, Repix and Snapseed





From March the 2nd until the 5th, the Shoulderpod team will be at the Mobile World Congress Barcelona. We have a booth at the Catalonia Space and we look forward to meeting mobile creatives form arround the world.

In this post we will keep you updated about the latest technologies for helping photographers, filmmakers, journalists, sport-fans and travellers tell great visual stories with their mobile cameras. While setting up our space we filmed this short timelapse film. We used the iOS 7 built in Timelapse mode and the Shoulderpod S1 rig for mounting it on a tripod. A few hours of work resumed in 20 seconds.


We are at the Hall named "CONGRESS SQUARE", an area between Hall 4 and Hall 5. We are inside the Catalonia stand sharing an amazing space with more than 40 innovative companies from Catalonia.


London Walk at 240 fps

This slow-motion video was filmed in London by the end of November 2014 during a one day walk. It was entirely shot using the iPhone 6 at 240 fps mode except for some short timelapse sequences where we used Hyperlapse.


This video was shot with an iPhone 6 handheld and mounted on a Shoulderpod S1 in what we call "Filmmaker Grip" position. We used the standard camera app at 240 fps with its maximum resolution of 720 pixels. Please note that it is very important to have a lot of light available when shooting in slow motion. 240 fps requires a high shutter speed that will probably be too short for filming indoors or at night and you would probably end up with a very grainy image. Another important fact when shooting slo-mo is avoiding the stroboscopic effects caused by fluorescent lighting. The stroboscopic effect is a blinking phenomenom caused by discharge lamps when filmed at a high frame per second rate.

It is incredible how smooth the final result is thanks to three factors: The slow motion feature, the iPhone's internal stabilization system and the use of the Shoulderpod Rig. It almost feels as if we had used a crane or a slider for most of the shots. Only for the Hyperlapse sequence at Trafalgar Square we mounted the Shoulderpod S1 on a Manfrotto Pixi portable tripod. We are very impressed by the results obtained when using the slow motion feature of the iPhone 6 and will surely use it a lot more for telling visual stories in the future.



The video was 100% edited on the iPhone 6 using the iMovie app. We used the in-app speed editor for slowing down the motion to the minimum of 1/8th. We also color graded each scene using the included "Western" filter for obtaining a warm autumn look. One feature in iMovie we would like to see in the future is a more evolved text editor. It would be great beiing able to change font styles and font sizes for having more control on titles and credits.



The music was also composed entirely on the iPhone 6 using Garage Band. We used the Smart Strings instruments and chose the "Romantic" mode for obtaining the desired dramatic mood. This simple piece of music was originally composed for our "Here's to You" brand video but for this version we extended the central part in 12 compasses for creating an enhanced moment for the Trafalgar Square Hyperlapse scene. The great advantages of using Garage Band is not only that music is royalty free, but that you can extend or reduce the music according to the story you want to tell.


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Learn to shoot like a Pro-Mobile-Journalist with Philip Bromwell

GLEN MULCAHY is probably the most renown Mobile Journalist trainer in the world. He trains Mobile Journalists (#mojos) arround the globe for helping them create broadcast quality content using mobile phones and ultraportable equipment. In this Behind-The-Scenes video Glen films Journalist Philip Bromwell at work in Dublin while shooting a great visual story for the Irish TV (RTÉ). A report about photographer David Monahan's project to document the recent wave of emigration from Ireland.

For filming with their iPhone cameras both professional mobile journalists use the Shoulderpod S1 tripod mount for setting up their equipment. Watch the video and discover the great amount of movement and shots/angled required to create a good visual story.



  • iPhone 5S / 6 Plus
  • Shoulderpod S1 Tripod Mount
  • Moment Lens
  • Diffcase Cinema Rig


This is the final work from Philip Bromwell published by RTÉ News


Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Tripod Mount

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 tripod mount adapter

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 tripod mount adapter

Discover the most solid tripod mount for your Galaxy Note 4

The Shoulderpod S1 tripod mount is the best adapter for your new Galaxy Note 4 . Enhance dramatically the Note's 4 camera with the best 3 in 1 tripod mount in the market. Click below and learn how to improve your mobile photo and filming results.

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Austin Mann tests the iPhone 6 Plus camera using a Shoulderpod S1 rig

Professional Photographer Austin Mann flied to Iceland for testing the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cameras and used the Shoulderpod S1 as part of his gear. Watch this amazing video showing the new features and possibilities of the new iPhone cameras. 

Austin Mann uses the Shoulderpod S1 tripod mount for testing the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cameras

“Every year, the new iPhone is packed with new features across the board but for us photographers we really just want to know one thing: what does all this mean for my camera and how does it make my pictures better than before?”
— Austin Mann

Read the full story here

Follow Austin on Twitter & Instagram


iPhone 6 & 6 Plus tripod mount

A solid, adjustable and portable solution for mounting your iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on any standard tripod

The Shoulderpod S1 is the first professional grip for holding your iPhone 6 and 6 Plus comfortably and securely. It has 3 functions: Tripod Mount, Filmmaker Handle and Traveller Stand and is adjustable for holding virtually any smartphone model with or without a case. The S1 is a high quality product engineered in Barcelona and industrially crafted in Europe for being extremely durable, ultra portable and easy to use.

iPhone 6 Plus adjustable tripod mount holder

Professional quality, made to last

The Shoulderpod S1 is the most solid and reliable tripod adapter for your iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. While many other tripod mounts have a very small footprint and will flex when touching your phone's screen, the Shoulderpod S1 has a solid structural design and is made of high resistance ABS polimer to last a lifetime. Other mounts will hold your phone only by the force of a small spring but the S1 uses an adjustable thumb-screw and wide rubber pads for holding any smartphone firmly and securely even under the harshest conditions.

iPhone 6 Plus Tripod mount adapter - Shoulderpod S1




iPhone 6 Plus Tripod Mount Adapter

iPhone 6 Plus Camera Grip Handle wrist strap

Smartphone camera stand


Professionals deserve only the highest quality equipment. That's why we've designed the most solid and reliable smartphone tripod mount in the market. Go mobile with SHOULDERPOD and take amazing time-lapse stories, crisp slow-shutter images, perfect 360º panoramas or smooth hyperlapse videos.


Mount the aluminum extension and the wrist strap and hold your smartphone comfortably and securely for taking amazing action shots. With the S1 you can hold your camera steady with one hand while using your thumb to tap on the screen. You'll be surprised how far your mobile results can go.


The S1 stands on its own, in landscape or portrait mode, so you can use it as a tripod even when you don't have one. Take night shots of New York, time lapse movies of Tokio, HDR pictures at Hyde Park or use it as a desk stand while editing your images at your favourite coffe-shop.





iPhone tripod mount FOR IPHONE 6 AND 6 PLUS - adjustable Grip, aluminum HANDLE Extension and Wrist Strap.

iPhone tripod mount FOR IPHONE 6 AND 6 PLUS - adjustable Grip, aluminum HANDLE Extension and Wrist Strap.



iPhone tripod mount adapter Shoulderpod S1


Ana Prado, Shoulderpod's street photographer

Ana Prado with her brand new Samsung Galaxy S4 and her Shoulderpod S1 smartphone rig and tripod mount.

SINCE the begining of June 2014, Ana Prado is one of Shoulderpod´s street photographers. She joined us with the mission of being the "eyes" of a new generation, a generation of young and creative people who are changing our society thanks to a new, fresh and positive vision of the world.

Ana studied Photography in Galicia and is now finishing her degree in Comunication and Public Relations at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona. She works in one of Barcelona's most important advertising agencies and still has time to play guitar in a rock band after work.

When she first joined the team we equiped her with a Samsung Galaxy S4 and a brand new Shoulderpod S1. She actually started with a prototype of it, as the first real series did not came out from production until a few of weeks later.

The first set of imagers that we are proud to publish from her work is a group of 9 portraits which we have named "Portraits of a Generation". A vision of freshness, youth and positivism through the lens of a 25 years old #mobilecreative.

Take a look at Ana's work ant tell us what you think. (Click to enlarge images)

Are you a mobile creative?


Follow Ana Prado on:

Twitter: @anapradosobrino

Instagram: @anapradowork




How to shoot stunning images of an F18 with your Shoulderpod S1 tripod mount and an iPhone 5S

Shoulderpod S1 Tripod mount monopod rig with iPhone 5S from Paul Deach

WHEN mobile journalist Paul Deach raised his photo-rig over the threatening F18 turbines at the Farnborough Airshow last July 14, the whole US Air Force security crew got really nervous. This is what happened next.

As Paul himself explains in his blog post, “It was clear they had not seen anything quite like it before.  Most of the media pack they had seen that day were either carrying DSLR’s or high-end video camera equipment with CNN or BBC on the microphone mufflers. So before they would let me carry on they had to get their head of PR over but once I explained all the equipment and showed them a few photo’s I had already taken they relaxed and let me get on with it”.

Paul’s mobile equipment is the iPhone 5S camera mounted on a Shoulderpod S1 rig at the end of a telescopic monopod. He also uses an Olloclip wide angle lens and plugs the original Apple EarPods in his iPhone as a remote shutter release for taking those dramatic high angle shots. The setting might have seemed odd beside all that bulky professional gear around, but it allowed him to take the most stunning images of the show.

“The equipment I used allowed me to produce images from a different perspective than a lot of the images I have seen from the airshow, which in my view makes mine stand out from the crowd. The US Air Force seemed to enjoy them as their own Instagram account liked one of the images I took at their static display”.

Take a look at Paul’s images and let us know what you think.

Are you a mobile creative?

Contact us and tell us your story

While the rest of the press was taking conventional images at ground level, Paul's camera was taking amazing visual stories from 10 feet high

F18 turbines captured by Paul Deach using an iPhone 5S mounted on a Shoulderod S1 rig at the end of a monopod.

About Paul

Paul Deach

Paul Deach

Paul Deach is a hyper local social media marketing consultant based in Surrey, UK. In 2003 Paul founded the Surrey Residents Network which has become a major source of local information in the Surrey area. Exploiting freely available internet media technologies Paul created a significant news outlet which has become trusted by communities across Surrey. Its popularity attracted local advertisers who wanted to be associated with the Network and utilize Paul’s social marketing expertise. A strong advocate of  rich content based Social Media Paul has built up a portfolio of clients from large national organisations through to small local business all keen to take control and manage their media output.

Follow Paul:


Twitter: @PaulDeach

Instagram: @Deachy


We're Shipping!

Shoulderpod S1 smartphone rig

We're glad to say that we've started shipping the first Shoulderpod S1 units. I'ts been a lot of work but everything is running smoothly now.

Many of you have contacted us asking about your orders and we are happy to confirm you that all orders will be shipped before June 27 as promised.

To all of you, First Customers, thanks a lot for your great support and for your patience.

The Shoulderpod Team