If you do not have one of the newer generation of cameras with WiFi built in, then chances are that you are limited to basic IR remotes or expensive systems like CamRanger to control your camera wirelessly.
Enter Maxstone, a device & app that hopes to bring simple universal camera control to the masses. According to the Maxstone Kickstarter page, the team thinks that people are unhappy with having to use IR remotes and want to be able to do more than just fire off the camera. So, they developed an app that works in conjunction with a device that you tie to your camera to bring triggering as well as a slew of other features to your camera.
Maxstone App Interface
As you can see, the device is more than a simple IR trigger. It also acts as an intervelometer, auto bulb mode, and video mode trigger. The feature that sets it apart the most, in my opinion, is the neat distance tracker that helps you find it if it is lost and tells you how far away you are from your camera.
There are many smartphone triggers out there, so I cannot say if this concept is better or will be more successful. But, I am liking what I am seeing from the MaxStone system so far. It appears that many others see some promise in this unit as well, as they have already secured $26,000 (1/2 of their 50K goal) from over 700 backers. If you decide to back the project, you can get your own MaxStone for a great discount on the projected retail price of $54.99.
You can learn more about the Maxstone from their kickstarter page here.
What are your thoughts on a project like this? Do you think there is room in the market for an IR based remote like this when more and more cameras are coming with Wifi connectivity built in? Share your thoughts in a comment below.