Objects of Desire: MaxStone Smart Camera Remote

March 18, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Using a smartphone to remotely trigger a camera shutter is hardly a new innovation, but MaxMax’s MaxStone is a remote trigger that brings a few new tricks to the table. When attached to your camera, this Bluetooth beacon can serve as an anti-theft device, triggering an audible alarm if your camera moves beyond 80 feet of your iPhone (as of this writing, Android support is still in the works). You can also use these audible alerts to locate your camera by triggering continuous alarm beeps on your phone once you get back into Bluetooth range. The MaxStone tracks your altitude and the temperature, and has an air pressure sensor to help predict inbound rainstorms. To use it as a conventional camera trigger, you hang the device over your camera’s IR sensor and pair the MaxStone with your iOS device via Bluetooth. Once connected, you can use your phone to trigger your camera from up to 80 feet away. You can record time-lapse images with intervals between 1 second up to 24 hours, for a total of 9,999 frames. The MaxStone supports long exposures up to 99 seconds and will continue to trigger your camera shutter even if your phone is off. The MaxStone can also trigger an iPhone camera shutter, too. The guitar pick-shaped device takes a watch battery, which the company says is good for about 300 days. 

Price: $60