Community product design company Quirky‘s latest creation, the DigiDude, is a small key chain character that transforms into a tripod. Just detach its head, extend the three bendable legs, and attach it to your pocket-sized camera or camcorder (like a Flip). The DigiDude comes in five distinct personalities: Snot Buster, Pinky Scorsese, G-bling-Money-Son, iChomp, and BoltBot. When not decapitated, the DigiDude fastens to your keys, purse, or camera bag and awaits further instructions.
Why the delay? It’s all part of Quirky’s unique business model. In the tradition of t-shirt company Threadless, Quirky creates products by crowd-sourcing product ideas. Designers pay $99 to submit an idea, then the community picks the best and collaborates to shape all aspects of that product’s development, ultimately choosing which doodads get sold on the site. Quirky pushes one new product into pre-sale mode each week. So far only one gadget has gone on to be manufactured since the company’s June 2nd launch—a two-sided USB drive called the Split Stick.
If you’re patient, interested in supporting upstart designers, and looking for a small tripod with a face, check out the DigiDude.