by Steve Boehmke
The ANYCASE precision cnc'd aluminum Tripod Adapter allows users to take stable photos/video with any iPhone with or without a case.
This project's funding goal was not reached on July 6, 2012.
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Thanks a ton!
I posted a 3D view of your ANYCASE http://arqspin.com/s/1160ahxw34h28
in the comment section of another kickstarter project (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/860917639/arqball-spin-3d-for-everyone ) where people is desperately seeking exactly for something like ANYCASE.
I hope suddenly some hundreds of people will recognize the value of your item.
Thanks for the feedback!
After using my case for a while, here are some observations.
Great for the iphone like profiles which have a flat back/side. Using it on phones like HTC desire HD, turning the screw to tighten it results in the phone leaning forward (or back depending on how you look at it) and it doesn't hold on as well as I expected (I wanted to hang it upside down after securing it on the anycase adaptor). A little disappointed with that.
That being said, it has been manufactured well and should work very well with phones that do not have a rounded back./ profile.
Manan, please order from fitsanycase.com!
Hi Steve, are you still making new ones? If I send u $25 now wil u be able to send me one?
Today I received the anycase. It is very COOOL
Hi Steve, I already sent you a PayPal without the phone info. I need it for iPhone 4
Let me know which phone you are using when you order, thanks... SB
Since we didn't reach funding, if you want a gold anodized ANYCASE adapter, send $25 via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Add $3 for Canada, $10 for International, and I'll send them out right away!
Thanks! Steve Boehmke
Will you sell this when the project doesn't fund?
Oh I agree. That is a major point with this case. It will work with my iPhone, my daughter's 3Gs (she might use it for a stop action movie or whatever), and my new phone. Heck. I might try and throw a Surface tablet in the thing. The glif cannot do any of these things, but it has its merits for other reasons. IMO you can never have too many options... I hope this gets funded... Ill buy a mini too if we get close!
And Jason - the cool thing about your ANYCASE adapter is that it will work with your next iPhone5 if you choose to get one. Your glif may not... I like the glif, but it is limited to naked iPhone4's... and is not as secure as the ANYCASE.
We've used the adapter on all kinds of phones, and it hasn't been a problem at all. The face of the screw is big and flat, and dissipates pressure really well. Finger tighten it and voila! you are ready to go.
Axel - purchase the distributor pack, and we'll work on getting your logo etched on somehow... :-)
Also, we will later be informed on how to upload our logo somewhere to put on the anycase, right? :-)
Why not use a spring between the screw and a 3M pad that signals the user the screw is 'tight enough' and also dampens a fall or hit against the screw?
I know there are also mechanical designs, e.g. used in wrenches and cordless drills to prevent over-tightening. Ah, it's probably called "Adjustable clutch to limit torque" (I'm not a native English speaker). Although this will increase complexity and cost of the project, it will also make it safer to use. IMHO of course.
I am only going to use my anycase when I have ANY CASE on my phone. I have a glif for my naked phone. JACK! Drop your phone in a glif... The concrete does not need to hit the screw to break the glass. This adapter has its merits. Visit photojojo.com and think about using many of the case based adapters there with your iPhone in a case. Your point is invalid Jack. Rare but noted. This is the tripod adapter for your iPhone with Any case on it. Very valid uses. There is no liability concerns........
To avoid iPhone glass crepes when hitting the screw, think about a protection CAP to cover the screw when tighten.
To avoid iPhone glass crepes where hit ring the screw, Thank about a cap that protect the screw when tighten. ;-)
A nylon band between the thumb screw and the phone, acting like a leaf spring would help with the overtightening concern.
Although I can appreciate Jacks concerns, it's hard not to think he is a little biased considering he is also developing a tripod adapter.
Only one question. Where is it? I too have struggled to find a smart phone adapter that is both universal, made from high quality materials, and made in America. They don't exist.
To avoid both 'errors' in the design as pointed out by jack, I recommend people don't monkey wrench their phones in place, and of course, don't drop it. Both seem self evident.
Excited for my Anycase.
Steve, you seem like a nice, well-intentioned guy. So, I'll point out the design flaw in this product so you can avoid a world of grief.
We've been developing a tripod adapter for iPhone for 3-years and have pursued multiple basic concepts, including a few involving a retainer screw, like yours. We rejected any design using such a screw for two reasons... both verified in testing by breaking iPhones.
Once in the market you have no control over how hard a customer will tighten the screw, and over-tightening breaks the Gorilla Glass. Secondly, a drop onto a hard surface that impacts the head of the screw transfers the full shock through the screw and breaks the glass.
Thus, we forever abandoned any design using a retainer screw. Now, on visiting Kickstarter, I see your design using just such a screw — and I am terrified for you, as you will create an enormous liability for yourself if you pursue this project and ship this product.
Test this yourself. INstall it on an iPhone, use an uncalibrated ham-handed twist to massively over-torque the screw, and observe the glass shatter. Then, install it on another unbroken iPhone, take a small ball-peen hammer and rap the head of the screw to simulate a direct hit in a fall to concrete, and watch as the glass shatters under the screw tip.
Then, sit for a moment, looking at the two iPhones you just broke, and decide how you should proceed with this project.
I'm just trying to help a fellow product developer avoid a nightmare, based on our own experience with this exact issue.