KickStarter Spotlight: Velocity Clip

KickStarter Spotlight: Velocity Clip

Oct 31, 2012

Anyone who has ever done anything athletic has probably wished they had been able to catch that on camera from their point of view. Taking a bike ride down a mountain trail, surfing, or escaping the police on foot; all of these would generate some great first person video along with a pretty epic Facebook post. There are mounts out there for sure, even specialty cameras for this sort of thing, so what is the problem. The problem is that these are generally priced too high and are not flexible enough. Also, why buy a new video camera when most modern smartphones shoot in 1080p video anyway. The perfect harness would be something that was able to be placed on an array of locations as well as be able to securely clasp a majority of the vast world of smartphones. Fortunately, a gnarly duo from, where else, San Francisco has created just that. Meet the Velocity Clip; a phone harness that allows for excellent first-person video while holding nearly any smartphone with vault like security.

Looking for flexibility? It is a good thing the Velocity Clip can be placed pretty much anywhere on the body with its array of harnesses and clips. The best position is naturally on the chest but it can go anywhere including the head with an included mounting strap. Coming also is a third mount that contains a super powerful adhesive which is advertised to be able to stick to motorcycle helmets during high speeds. I am not sure who would trust their new S3 to that claim, and needless to say I am not quite sold there. Fortunately, the actual clasp that holds the phone looks quite well designed with two locking screws and a grip that is made from the same material as NFL receiver gloves. The clutch is easily expanded and can even support most point and shoot cameras as well as the ability to tilt up or down for an optimal shooting angle.

The asking price for the Velocity Clip is pretty ambitious but there is a reason for that. In order to make the whole package cost effective they have to run more product but by doing that their total cost is greater even though the cost per piece is less. So instead of running a typical 500 units and selling them for $80 they are trying to run 1200 units which would allow the Velocity Clip to be sold at a very reasonable $49 for three separate mounts.

Clip Ninja Review

Clip Ninja Review

Feb 6, 2012

I love my phone; it’s with me everywhere I go. To be honest though, I am the world’s slowest phone keyboard typist. This is fine until I make a mistake and delete an entire email, long text, or awkwardly long URL; ten minutes wasted. Since installing Clip Ninja the amount of time I have saved retyping is immeasurable. Even if my typing speed never increases, I can still save precious time.

Clip Ninja keeps a record of everything typed on a phone in any application. The user can then copy the data to the clipboard and easily paste it elsewhere. Sounds pretty basic, right? There is more. Clip Ninja allows users to save snippets as “favorites,” filter messages by application, editing and create entries, and has unique sharing option. To top it all off, Clip Ninja gives the user complete control over security. No need to worry about passwords or personal information being stored on the phone or elsewhere.

Clip Ninja has an intuitive user interface and is quick and responsive but what really makes it a truly amazing app is it’s security features. The user has complete control over which applications Clip Ninja records from. The blacklist feature allows the Clip Ninja to ignore specified apps, like banking apps. Additionally the user has the ability to manually delete specific entries or set the program to clear its history automatically. Security is enhanced by only storing history natively; Clip Ninja does not even request Internet permissions upon installation.

When I think “what would improve Clip Ninja?” I do not come up with much in terms of functionality. The program runs smoothly and I have not encountered a single glitch.

Overall this app is amazing. The amount of time and frustration saved in the first day of use was well worth the purchase. How much is your time worth?