K-Tek has announced the Squid, a multi-purpose mounting solution to connect a transmitter, monitor, mobile device or remote to a boom pole, tripod, handgrip or other tube shaped object.
Made in Austria of strong elastic silicone, K-Tek said the lightweight (0.74 ounce) Squid solidly holds the device with a silicone barrier that shields equipment — acting as a shock absorber.
There are no snaps, buckles or hook and loop fabric to break or complicate mounting. Made of see-through silicone, the low-profile Squid lets the user view the controls and status monitors.
With the trend toward wireless booming and smaller size transmitters, it’s become common to attach a transmitter to the top end of the boom pole. The Squid will hold mini-transmitters as well as traditional plug-on transmitters.
When transmitters are secured to a pole using the Squid, unwanted movement is eliminated. There are no metal parts to add weight to the end of the pole. The strength of the elastic silicone firmly holds the device even when swinging the boom.
Another popular application is to attach an on-board viewing monitor or a mobile phone to the bottom section of a boom pole. Not just for boom poles, the Squid is a useful accessory for an array of on-set needs. It works with any tube shaped object like the legs of a tripod, the antenna mast, C-stands and handles on sound carts.
In many situations, cameras with gimbals are finding their way to the top of boom and camera poles, creating drone-like shots without the risk, expense and permits associated with drone use. The Squid allows viewing devices and remotes to be attached to the bottom section of a pole.
Priced at $20.00, the Squid is now shipping.
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