iPhone Remote + iPole = cool self portraits and videos!

I've been using (and have written about) the iPole from FastCap, since I first picked it up at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  The hiking iPole model or the telescoping mini iPole both offer a tripod mount (and optional iPhone case with tripod thread) is a great way to take self portraits and include yourself in videos.  But the one downside is you have to stretch to turn on or off the recording mode.

iPole from FastCap

I've used some apps that use audio to let you activate and deactivate that mode remotely, by clapping for example, but they can be unreliable in a noisy setting.

Satechi BT remote

So I'm very excited about this new Bluetooth remote from Satechi.  It does a lot more than just volume buttons (which acts as a record on/off switch with Apple's camera app, since iOS 5.0) and at $40, it's a nice add-on.  There are numeric buttons and a button that acts as your circular home button, so you could activate Siri, remotely!

Satechi BT remote

The rumor is that the Apple TV has a Bluetooth chip but it's not activated.  If a future version of iOS or the Apple TV supports Bluetooth, this could be a nice remote.

Satechi remote


I've ordered one of these remotes and will provide a hands-on review asap!  If you're interested, try entering 10offall at checkout to save ten percent!

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.