PicoMount Platform and the new Pico Tri-Pad Mount
The PicoMount platform is designed to support any pico or mini projector up to 8". The PicoMount measures 3" x 5" x .5", weighing in at about 4 oz.
The PicoMount frame has (3) standard 1/4"-20 cam sockets on the bottom, one side, and one end. This allows it to be attached to any typical tripod in any orientation with the attached projector secured in place with MicroFlex retainer struts on all four sides. The struts are adjustable to secure the projector in the configuration desired. Once fitted, the projector "straps-in" securely in a couple of seconds.
Usually only front and back silicone MicroFlex retainer struts will secure the projector at any angle. The larger bottom MicroFlex struts level and support the entire frame on any surface. They grip smooth surfaces so the projector platform will not budge even on a tilted table top. .
We include our all-surface flexible mini-tripod that effectively stabilizes the projector at the desired angle on virtually any surface, soft or hard. The projector can be tilted to any angle (including to the ceiling) on a carpet, bed, couch etc., as well as solid desktop surfaces.
The included mini tripod elevates the PicoMount platform about 4 inches. The PicoMount XL kit with tripod extension, extends the tripod height another 5".
In the next few years, we anticipate a wide variety of pocket sized mobile media devices will be embedded with pico projectors, including smartphones and tablets. Using them hands free and keeping them steady as well as mobile will be an issue.
See the recently released PicoAir pics in the next column.
Like the PicoAir, many of them will not have built-in cam sockets. Some will be wireless, some will attach cables. Securing the projector hands free at just the right pitch and height might be a challenge. Their built-in or included supports (if they have any) are often not adequate.
The PicoMount provides insanely solid support for the projector at any angle or orientation on almost surface. It works with, or without, any tripod. The built-in MicroFlex struts not only secure the projector, but can be configured to pitch the PicoMount frame as desired on the fly, on any surface without the use of a tripod. Hands free never looked so good or worked so well.
It's not magic, it's MobileMount Solutions.
The PicoMount XL is $29.95
The Pico Tri-Pad Mount is designed to support any pico projector with our flexible Tri-Pad system combining a grippy silicone pad, with a 3" tall "multi-surface" flexible tripod.
"Multi-surface" means our low profile flexible tripod will support any mounted device securely on any typical household surface including tabletops, bedding, couch, carpet... any flat or uneven, or soft surface. The top of the tripod has a typical 1/4-20 metal screw that most cams receive. The removable (water washable) black silicone pad is placed on a 3" wide plastic Disc Assembly. The Disc Assembly is comprised of a poly-core plate fitted with a female 1/4-20 socket and a MicroFlex strut. The Disc Assembly is attached to the tripod. The silicone pad is attached to the Disc Assembly.
The pico projector is then pressed upon the silicone pad and is held securely by the "Tri-Pad" system. The projector bottom should be flat for best results. If the projector has a built in cam socket the Disc Assembly is not needed. Simply attach it directly to the tripod. When using the silicone pad and Disc Assembly, the pad and the projector surface should be clean and dry. The Tri-Pad system is stable and secure even with cabling is attached to the projector. It refuses to tip over easily.
Benefits of the Pico Tri-Pad mount system:
-Disassembles and assembles quickly and easily. Extremely light (3.2 oz) and compact for easy packing.
-With flat, low profile, and extendable legs, is incredibly stable and hard to tip over even on soft or uneven surfaces.
-Can be easily configured for ceiling projection.
-Disc Assembly can be used to support (and tilt) projector without using the tripod.
-Tripod can be used without Disc Assembly. It fully flexes to any pitch desired and attaches to any camera or projector socket.
-Silicone pad renews with a rinse of water. Is very sticky when supporting the projector, but leaves no residue on the projector.
-The unique MicroFlex strut attached to the Disc Assembly flexes to any configuration for adjusting support to any tilt or pitch.
-The Disc Assembly is very durable and nearly unbreakable.
-The tripod 1/4-20 screw and the Disc Assembly socket are both steel.
The included mini tripod elevates the Pico Tri-Pad about 3 inches. The Pico Tri-Pad XL kit with tripod extension, extends the tripod height another 5 inches.
It's not magic, it's MobileMount Solutions.
$19.95 Pico Tri-Pad Mount Black
The Pico Tri-Pad XL is $25.95