If you ever need to take good quality photos of anything small, such as jewelry or surface mount components, you're likely to experience the pain of trying to use the "zoom" feature of your digital camera. If you're lucky, you've got a camera with a really good zoom that takes care of shaky hands. If not, you might be in luck using the highest ISO setting and being okay with grainy photos. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a tripod that could make your life easier by taking photos overhead?
Well... now there is! Here's an instructable on how to build it. Granted, this tripod is more of a unipod.