Gripzila is a simple, universal, fun, spring-loaded stand with countless uses for smartphones, iPods & more. Use it how you want.
Thanks for taking a look at this project! Please check out the video and browse through the information below. If you're interested in backing this project and receiving a Gripzila or two, just click on the big green button to the right and you'll be guided through the simple process.
Gripzila (patent pending) is a super-simple-to-use, versatile, universal stand designed to work with smart phones, iPod Touches and much more. It's intended to help enhance the use of these incredible devices and their amazing apps. In addition, its spring-loaded action makes it fun to use while inspiring unlimited possibilities like:
- hands-free video calls
- taking time-delayed photos so you can be in them
- getting online help as you complete a home improvement or repair project
- cooking -- view how-to videos, online recipes and/or actual recipe cards
- viewing what's happening while at work - stock market, incoming calls, etc.
- perfecting your golf swing - videotape your swing to see what needs fixin'
- hanging up the laundry - ha ha
- plugging your nose when changing a dirty diaper :)
- ... along with a bevy of other useful or not so useful solutions
In addition, this compact, versatile gadget will not become obsolete when adding a case or upgrading to the latest device.
Gripzila can grip and display anything from a recipe card to a smart phone with or without a bumper or bulky case. Its adjustable jaws easily slide open up to 0.8 inches wide and then clamp down on a number of different devices and objects to position them at a variety of angles and orientations.
Gripzila is smaller than a key, making it simple to slip into a pocket and its optional strap and lobster clamp allow it to be attached to a key chain, zipper or whatever suits your fancy.
We Need Your Help
Up to this point we've been using 3D printed prototypes and we've started building a mold and other tooling to produce the Gripzila but we need your help to complete them and gear up for our first production run. If you're interested in this project or would like to give it as a gift, please back us and/or share it with family, friends and acquaintances.
Availability of Early Bird Pledge first article limited color parts:
Red - 5 available, Green - 6 Available, Blue - 6 available, Pink - 19 available, Yellow - 16 available, Orange - 12 available.
NOTE: please send a message after you pledge letting us know the code of the color combination (R1, R2, R3, G1, G2, G3, B1, B2, B3, P1, P2, P3, Y1, Y2, Y3, O1, O2 or O3) that you want.
Clever/Crazy Gripzila Uses Video
Also, we’d like to try something new that we think will be a lot of fun. Let us know your crazy, clever, yet tasteful ideas for using the Gripzila and we’ll create new video clips which will include the best ideas along with credits to the submitters. If you choose to back us you'll automatically be notified whenever we add the new video clips so you can come check them out.
There are lots of variables which help determine how well the Gripzila will work with your device such as thickness, size and weight, and curved edges. I've listed the things to look out for as you determine if the Gripzila is right for you.
1) The thickness of your device must be less than 0.8 inches since that's the maximum distance the jaws extend.
2) We do not recommend using the Gripzila on heavier, larger devices such as the iPad. The Gripzila was specifically designed for smaller, lighter devices like the smartphone and iPod Touch. Having said that, they will work for tablets but only when used in the right orientation (on the back and not the sides) as shown in the video.
3) If an edge of your device is rounded and is used as the base when standing your device on a flat surface, it will rock and be unstable.
The pad material hasn't been finalized yet. Right now a "black only" material best fits our requirements for how well it grips and how resilient it is. If we find a suitable colored material you will be able to choose from predetermined pad colors prior to shipment of your product.
We are testing the popularity of 6 different colors with our colored Early Bird Special limited pledge. Based on those results and working with the molder we will determine which production colors we will offer. Once we determine those colors we will notify you so you can choose accordingly.
Some how the wording got messed up prior to launch and unfortunately once launched and pledged against it can't be changed. This is what it should read:
"Early Bird Special - Want it now in color? Receive one Gripzila (red, green, blue, yellow, orange or pink) and have it shipped before June 15th or once we've met our funding goal. You will receive one of only 20 first article units of the color of your choice as soon as the mold is complete, prior to our first production run. Please refer to the 'We Need Your Help' section on the 'Project Home' tab to see which colors are still available and once you've pledged send us a message with your desired color. Supply is limited. For shipping to Canada, add $5. For International shipping, add $12."
Yes you can. Just select the $20 colored early bird pledge and add $12 for the first additional Gripzila and $10 for each one after that. For example a colored early bird special with 3 additional Gripzilas would be $52 ($20 + $12 + $10 + $10). If you live outside the United States you would need to also add in double the required shipping cost since there would be two separate shipments.
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Jun 1, 2011 - Jul 27, 2011
Pledge $1 or more
Get notified of project updates, such as the viewer contributed clever/funny Gripzila uses video. Or just support the project without receiving a reward by pledging whatever you want. We greatly appreciate any and all pledges.
Pledge $12 or more
Receive your first Gripzila for $12 (USPS shipping included). For multiple Gripzilas, add only $10 for each additional unit. For shipping to Canada, add $5. For International shipping, add $12.
Pledge $15 or more
100 backers All gone!
Early Bird Special - Want it now? Receive one Gripzila (black) and have it shipped before June 15th or once we've met our funding goal. You will receive one of only 100 first article units which will be available as soon as the mold is completed, prior to our first production run. Supply is limited. For shipping to Canada, add $5. For International shipping, add $12.
Pledge $20 or more
84 backers Limited (36 of 120 left)
Early Bird Special - Want it now in color? Receive one Gripzila (red, green, blue, yellow, orange or pink) and have it shipped before June 15th or once we've met our funding goal. You will receive one of only 20 first article units of each color as soon as the mold is complete, prior to our first production run. Please refer to the About This Project section on the Project Home tab to the of the pledge options, to see if the color you want is still available prior to pledging. Supply is limited. For shipping to Canada, add $5. For International shipping, add $12.
Pledge $50 or more
7 backers Limited (93 of 100 left)
Have your own invention/project idea? Receive one Gripzila along with at least one hour of consultation where you can pick my brain about the design process. We can discuss a variety of subjects such as product research/focus groups, patenting, prototyping, 3D design & software, 3D printing & sourcing, mold design & sourcing (China vs the US, etc.). For shipping to Canada, add $5. For International shipping, add $12.