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Stefano ZobeleBy Stefano Zobele
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Stefano ZobeleBy Stefano Zobele
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€2,601
pledged of €50,000pledged of €50,000 goal
50
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, August 3 2016 3:31 PM UTC +00:00

About

In today's mobile world, smartphones and action cams are used as our main recording devices. At VPalm, we compared their ergonomics with traditional video cameras and found that there is a gap in the ease of use and comfort. There are many tools on the market that try to address this issue like selfie sticks and phone holders. These products don't appeal to the ease of use that original handles on video camera's did. Allowing for the device to be securely cradled in your palm.

Enter VPalm, allowing you to be your own video director behind every shot.

 

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VPalm is a textile fingerless glove sewn together with a plastic support which can secure any smartphone or action cam from 4 to 10 cm (1.5 to 3.93 in), allowing 360° movement. It is made of three core components:

The Glove

Designed to be comfortable on your hand. The glove is made with a technical cloth. It can be worn on both hands and is one size fits all, thanks to its modular design and fit.

The Holder

Inspired by a car smartphone mount which can securely hold any device. The holder is attached to the glove with a solid arm allowing for single axis 360° rotations, and the ability to move your wrist and arm freely as you please to get the best shot. When not in use, you have the ability to fold the holder down toward your arm. You can then move freely without the fear of VPalm dropping your device.

The Velcro Strap

The VPalm's stability secret is the Velcro strap which is sewn onto the glove. The Velcro passes over the holder's slot allowing the VPalm to securely merge with your hand to support the device.

 

 

 

Let's see why VPalm is UNIQUE...

VPalm Vs. The goofy Stick

Selfie sticks are everywhere but they are good for just one thing: taking selfies. Sticks do not add value to your recording experience. They require you to maintain your grip on uncomfortable gripped handle. If it slips out of your hand, you are done! Your mobile device or selfie stick could suffer from a cracked screen, damaged sticks, or costly repairs. VPalm helps prevent those headaches from happening. Lastly....

VPalm Vs. The Black Horn

Having the camera on your head might be a great idea. That allows your hands to be free so that you can do whatever you wish. Yet how do you know what you are recording? VPalm allows you to view every shot, view every frame of reference, and to get it all done minimizing and eliminating editing time. This way you point, shoot, share!

 

VPalm Vs. The Back hand

Back hand holders can be considered as VPalm’s ugly step brother. Recording this way is extremely un-ergonomic as your wrist movements are limited in that way. This can leave you not only with a bad video but also a sore wrist.

VPalm wins! Simply because we are not inventing something new... we are just giving your had back the freedom to record.

VPalm is:

  • EASY!! You record just what you need to;
  • SUPER ERGONOMIC!! as the original Handycam;
  • NOT GOOFY!! and avoid cracked screen.

 

 

The VPalm Team is made up of a diverse group, working together after falling in love with the idea of the flexibility VPalm gives.

Stefano, the founder and Project Leader has a background in Project Management in the oil and gas industry. He conceived the idea for VPalm when watching a crowd record a VIP interview that was taking place on the street. These people were standing around with their arms in the sky holding their smartphones. The people were moving and jostling because of the lack of support their smartphones provided. 

Gene put our ideas onto paper thus allowing VPalm to become a reality. Gene is an industrial Designer, graduated from Politecnico di Milano. He has been working as product development consultant for many years, following different kind of Projects. Gene is now Technical drawing professor at IED, ISTITUTO EUROPEO DI DESIGN. 

Prest5 are our guinea pigs, they are video producers who are using VPalm to help collect feedback and insights on the design and usability of the product. Lorenzo and Mattia are working between Trento and Milan producing different kind of Videos. They have helped us a lot making VPalm Kickstarter Video and they will continue working with us. 

 

VPalm was born in Trento and Milan. These two cities represent the Project's two souls: Trentino's beautiful landscape sparked the desire for a steady, easy to use recording apparatus for the smartphone. Trentino is the Outdoor Sports hometown. The Dolomites offer the best walking, cycling, skiing and wonderful lakes for kiting and surfing... Milan with it's style, modernism and innovation inspire the design of the VPalm. These have been our inspirations for VPalm.

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Pedro - Longboard Rider ...we've been trying many different tools to record ourselves, like sticks and fixed supports but nothing is flexible like VPalm. I have the freedom the stick gives and the security of a fixed support. VPalm basically gives you the advantages of both. 

Marco - Car dealer ...as a car dealer I spend a lot of time recording videos and taking pictures of my cars. VPalm makes it very easy. I wear the glove, shoot the cars, check the photos and then easily post them online. 

Josè - Boxing Trainer ...I love to use it for recording my guys while training. We then sit together to watch the training session.

Giorgio - Technical Engineer ...on site I often have to record and take pictures in rough conditions. With VPalm I can place my smartphone into these rough situations without the fear of it cracking.

Back to the Project and the EVOLUTION of VPalm

 

Pictures below summarize VPalm’s history. Everything started from a wrist guard with a steel bar on it. We then fabricated Prototype_1, made with the help of a great seamstress (my wonderful wife) and a 3D printer. After that, Gene and his ingenious brain came out with a second revision, Prototype_2.The main improvement was done on the holder, inspired by the most popular smartphone car mounts. Prototype_3 is almost ready for production, but here is the challenge...

Prototype_3 needs one big evolution step

Production needs Plastic Injection technology! To get there we have to go through some intensive steps. 

STEP_1: Re-engineering phase. VPalm will be adapted for Plastic Injection technology. Drawing will be re-visited to optimize production. There is much to do, but Gene, together with our partner (thermoplastic injection molding partner in Trento), will find a way. The glove is almost ready; our partner is a bags and cases supplier located in Trentino. We are making some adjustment in to the shape. Also trying to finding out which materials make the glove comfortable on your skin.  

STEP_2: The mold phase. As soon as Prototype_3 will be ready we will start production of the plastic molds. This will be done by the same partner from Step_1.  

STEP_3: Production. Once the plastic molds are ready, we will go ahead with production. They are located here in Trento, so that VPalm is 100% made in Italy product. Since the engineering process takes time we are planning on having a large period for this phase.

VPalm Timeline

 Why 50.000€ 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We all do believe in ourselves and in the project. We are 100% committed to make it a successful one.
We can list a hundred risks that a young team such as us can face, but we prefer to demonstrate our hunger, passion, and commitment. We will do our best and we will make it a great one.

VPALM FINE TUNING: we spent last year developing and making Prototype_2 ready for Kickstarter. We are continue to fine tune Prototype_2 with the following goals in mind: to create a strong holder that will feel secure, light and easy to use and a modular and flexible glove which is comfortable to your hand. Our Current solution is good, but we are studying everything and focusing on the market to get to the best solution. Let us have your feedback on that!

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