The cure to unflattering group pictures could be living right in your pocket. The Keyprop is the world’s simplest smartphone stand and keychain, providing an instant camera tripod or hands-free screen viewing that’s on you at all times.
Why We Love It
If you’ve ever tried to take a group photo or watch an impromptu movie on your smartphone, you know how valuable it can be to prop it up. Integral Design, creators of Keyprop, understand this need and make access to a smartphone stand as simple as reaching in your pocket. Keyprop is so much more than a keychain, but a keychain is a fantastic start – provided you can get into the house, this instant tripod and stand is always on you.
Kickstarted in June of 2013, Keyprop raised $33k from over 1,250 backers to put more people in their own pictures (beyond the traditional selfie). Keyprop is made of durable polycarbonate and overmolded in a rubberized TPE, giving it an exterior that can grip any surface. It fits all smartphones, from multi-generational iPhones to Android devices; simply plug Keyprop into the lightning dock of an iPhone 5 or the headphone jack of any other device. Once you’ve inserted the Keyprop prong, you can easily change the angle of your phone by maneuvering the keys behind it. Keyprop also fits most cases, including Apple bumpers, snap-on cases, and any that are less than ½-inch thick.
To get the most out of the tripod functionality of Keyprop, Integral Design has introduced KeyCam, available in the App Store. Download this mobile app to easily take self-timed pictures with your Keypropped phone. The app features multiple second-countdowns or an option to clap-and-snap, resulting in a great picture every time.
Why We Love It
Taking a group shot with a smartphone camera usually involves awkward arm positioning, violation of personal space, and hoping for the best. In our experience, this method has a low success rate, which is why we’re stoked about Keyprop. It’s the tripod we always have in our pockets (provided we remember our keys), and the KeyCam app makes timed, shake-free pictures a snap.
During a layover or flight delay, it would be great to watch movies and pass the time, but holding up a smartphone for 90 minutes makes the idea a little less appealing. We love how simple it is to go hands-free with Keyprop – just plug it in and you can check out videos or scroll through email at leisure. We test-ran Keyprop during a working lunch and it was super handy to use while eating. It also makes FaceTime chats much more conducive to storytelling gestures.
We love the simplicity of the Keyprop design and the a-ha! characteristic of living in our pockets. Conversely, if you are prone to forgetting your keys, the Keyprop may decrease the number of times you find yourself locked out – once you’ve experienced the convenience of a smartphone stand, you’ll never want to leave it behind.