i've noticed the glif whilst trawling through various design blogs in recent weeks, and the more i see it, the more i want one! designed by tom gerhardt and dan provost of studio neat, it is "a simple iphone 4 accessory with two primary functions: mounting your iphone onto a tripod and propping up your iphone at various angles".
made from a recyclable rubberized plastic, and small enough to fit snugly in your pocket, it has a standard thread that fits any tripod or camera mount. which means it would go perfectly with my much loved (and blogged about) gorillapod!
the glif is designed for the iphone 4, which means (obviously) it is not useful to people that don't own one. but if you do have one, it looks like a great product. when the iphone 4 is replaced with a newer model, so too will there need to be a new glif, which is always the problem with accessories designed for specific products. let's hope the iphone 5 has the exact same dimensions!
the only other downside i can see is that i'd have to splash out on an app with a timer function, but i'm sure it would be worth it. the glif costs $20 (I'll have to see if they are available in the uk), and was made possible thanks to the kickstarter platform. for this price, i don't think it's too much of a problem that it is iphone 4 specific, and all the testimonies i've heard are very positive!