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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 5 2013
$125
pledged of $29,000pledged of $29,000 goal
6
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 5 2013

About

Hi, I'm Ed Savage.  I was showing some friends pictures and videos in a coffee shop, when I realized it would be so much easier to have the iPhone on a stand, such that neither of us would have to hold it in our hand.

I have a cool stand at home and I use it all the time. But I forget to take it with me most of the time when I am out and about, and always wish I had a stand with me. But if I do remember to take it with me, it is an extra piece of hardware to carry along, that can easily get lost.

Frustration creates innovation.  

Let's create a stand that is part of a case and design it so that it fits into a persons pocket and also is really light weight!

So, I contacted my friend Klaus Stricker, an experienced Mechanical Engineer. After discussing my idea and some initial sketches on the back of a paper napkin, we decided to create a partnership and form a corporation that would create an iPhone stand that was an integral part of an iPhone case.

After some initial drawings and conceptual CAD models, Klaus and I polished and refined the idea to the stand shown below that has the highest degree of utility we could deliver.

We set our sights on creating a stand that was very stable and rigid, yet in combination with an iPhone case remained very mobile and lightweight. After several refinements of the initial design of the Case/Stand combination product we went ahead and fabricated a couple of prototype QuickStand units.

The QuickStand Working Prototype 

The QuickStand will protect your iPhone against damages that might otherwise occur from dropping your phone by layering your iPhone in a portable case that has a well-cushioned elastomeric lining. That protective lining serves as a reliable shock absorber to protect your iPhone.

Real QuickStand prototype - Portrait view
Real QuickStand prototype - Portrait view

By using the QuickStand to display photos and videos in a way that several of your friends can comfortably view those images at the same time, your iPhone can be tilted in multiple positions, and it can be rotated easily from portrait and landscape positions. It can even be rotated 360 degrees and locked in place in 90º increments.

Real QuickStand prototype - Pivoting to the landscape position
Real QuickStand prototype - Pivoting to the landscape position
Real Prototype - Portrait tripod shooting position
Real Prototype - Portrait tripod shooting position
Real QuickStand prototype - Landscape on tripod
Real QuickStand prototype - Landscape on tripod

 The Feature set for the QuickStand is as follows:

  • All-in-one design
  • Portrait and landscape viewing
  • Multiple angle tilt capability
  • Tripod mount for hands-free photos and videos
  • Engineered for strength and utility
  • Protective thermoplastic case
  • Molded-in shock-absorbent lining
  • Comfortable handling
  • Light weight 
  • Easy insertion and removal of the iPhone
  • Designed for the iPhone 4S, 5, and 5S
  • Initial colors are Flat Black, Royal Blue and Dark Grey 

Engineering

For you technically inclined people, below are a few CAD models.

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Profile position - CAD rendering of the first prototype
Profile position - CAD rendering of the first prototype
Landscape position -  First CAD prototype renderings
Landscape position - First CAD prototype renderings
CAD QuickStand - Back with Tripod Boss
CAD QuickStand - Back with Tripod Boss

Where we are ...

The initial prototype units have performed very well. They have been tested extensively and demonstrated the ease of operation and use. The testing (Klaus' perfectionism) has shown to implement even more design utility. 

The changes to be implemented are a snap-in locking feature to hold the iPhone securely in its tilted position, increase the rigidity of the tilting arm, and the way that it reliably interlocks with the base plate to which it attaches. Also the base thickness of the fold down back plate has to be increased somewhat to provide more stability when mounted on a Tripod or sitting on an uneven surface.

How the Kickstarter Funds will be used

After all design changes have been implemented and the manufacturing documentation has been updated, we will fabricate several new prototype models using  3D Printing Technology, and test them thoroughly.

After the tests have been completed successfully, the funds will be used to order the required injection molds, and after approval of the initial molded parts we will order the first production lot of all needed parts.

We have received firm quotes from three qualified vendors. that will need to be re-quoted after the final production documentation is completed.

The QuickStand Roll-Out & Delivery

Development and Manufacturing

Design - Our design team members have been working on the development of this product for the last 6 months.  From the form and function of the QuickStand to the finish and colors, We have taken all aspects of the design into consideration before prototyping the product.

Manufacturing - The team has spent a great deal of time optimizing the manufacturing process and we now have our production cycle and timelines confirmed.  All QuickStand parts will be manufactured and assembled in the United States by qualified vendors. The material for all injection molded parts will be a high grade ABS plastic. The elastomeric shock absorbent liner for protecting the iPhone will be an overmolded thermoplastic elastomer that is compounded for high adhesion to the ABS thermoplastic cradle. 

Costs -  The Kickstarter funding will be used for finishing the design and production documentation and for ordering the injection molds and initial parts for the first production order for the QuickStand. We have been able to negotiate the best costs with our production partners, ensuring that the QuickStand can be offered to retail consumers at our best prices.

Delivery of the first production units is scheduled for March 2014.

It has been very gratifying to be able to design this much utility into the QuickStand product while maintaining stability of the stand at a minimum weight.  The Complete QuickStand weighs about 1/2 of the weight of the iPhone 4S (approximately 70 grams). 

About Vector Device Inc. (VDI)

VDI was founded by Klaus Stricker and Ed Savage to create high-utility products for today's mobile devices. Utilizing a professional design and development methodology, VDI is positioned to create innovative solutions for today's demanding consumers.

Klaus Stricker is a graduate of the California Institute of Technology with a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has been the President and Chief Technology Officer of Vision & Motion Technologies, Inc. (VMTI) since 2004. At VMTI he has had hands-on involvement in the design and development of a variety of consumer, bio-medical, and industrial products such as automotive audio products, solid state data recorders for professional photographers, mobile GPS receivers, and many other products. Klaus has a thorough understanding of the technologies applied to designing new products, and hands-on hardware assembly and testing involvement. He also has in-depth knowledge of mass production manufacturing technologies and processes. Klaus has a patent on a tape cartridge drive mechanism and other patents pending.  Klaus is responsible for all engineering, manufacturing and quality control functions.

Ed Savage has worked as OEM Director of Business Development & Channel Manager for Integrated Mobile Electronics (IME).a startup company that provided a seamless solution for media players and smartphones phones to integrate into cars. Ed presented the IME product to leading automotive companies as a inboard media connection.  Ed has 25+ years of leading business experience in system solutions, software, start-ups and consumer electronics, companies like,  IBM and Trend Micro both in selling and partnering technology with many Internet and Fortune 500 companies. 

Together Klaus and Ed combine design, engineering, production and merchandising talents and experience that make them uniquely qualified to deliver on this project 

Websites

www.facebook.com/quickstand

https://twitter.com/VectorDeviceInc

www.vectordevice.com

Risks and challenges

Every product development project brings with it certain risks. The most common risks are potential delays in tooling, delivery lead times for raw materials, packaging, and shipping.

We have extensive experience designing and manufacturing a wide range of products and know what is needed to deliver great products on time. But, unforeseen problems can always occur, and may require design changes, or cause delays.

We have spent several months designing, testing, and refining our design and configuration. We have firm quotes from several qualified manufacturers for injection molding and assembling the QuickStand product.

The prototypes you see in the photos and video work and look great, so we don't need a lot of time for implementing some needed design improvements.
We feel our excellent relationships with our manufacturers, and our experience with the overall product development process provides us with a professional skill set for overcoming any unexpected problems.

Most importantly, we will make certain to issue frequent updates about our progress, so you will always be fully informed about the status of the project. We want you to be as comfortable and happy as we are with the project.

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