The Novoflex BasicBall is essentially a "do-it-yourself" tripod base that can be configured into practically any kind of set-up. The main component is a hemispherical metal piece with nine threaded 1/4"-20 holes in it that allows the height to be fixed at 2.4", 5.7", or 8.3". With additional extension legs, the maximum height is 13". The BasicBall is designed for all ground level photography and its maximum load capacity is 55 lbs.
Into these holes, you can screw one rod to make a monopod, two to make a "duopod," or three to make a tripod. To this you can add more rods to support flash and accessories. Basically, you can build just the right support for the job at hand. Basic rods can be screwed together for more length, or you can use optional telescoping rods.