There's a pleasure that may be had from the simple act of placing a gadget on a table and watching someone's brain kick into gear as they realise what its purpose is. The Joby “Original” Gorillapod garners the lion share of attention as I parade it past a few photography aficionados. There are plenty of bragging rights to this gadget.
The Gorillapod is a camera tripod with a “twist” - literally! Lots of twists in fact. Instead of straight barrel legs, each leg is composed of 9 articulated ball joints, each capable of bending ~45° and rotating 360° to provide unprecedented flexibility and support for taking the perfect photo.
Despite the "pod" suffix, the Gorillapod bears no relation to products from that "fruit company" based in Cupertino. Even before I attach it to my camera, I am already thinking back to the numerous trips I have made and wishing I had had this in my gear pack.