This project's funding goal was not reached on July 31, 2014.
About this project
Grab your iPad Mini and get moving into action mode...the Orbit case gives you a grip on your tablet you can't get anywhere else...
Pictured here is our working prototype....as you can see we designed the Orbit case to fit snug on your iPad Mini.
This easily attachable and detachable case provides sturdy handle grips on either side of the case so you can get a firm grasp allowing unlimited movement and maneuverability.
The Orbit case accommodates the charger without having to be removed.
And is designed to work perfectly with a SmartCover.
Here are some action shots demonstrating the many, many ways in which an Orbit case for the iPad Mini can be used...
Pictured in all the photos is our working prototype. We worked out all the design features, ergonomics and details in order to move forward with finished units. That is why we are here on Kickstarter...we are ready to move into production by making a tool and an initial product run. This is where you come in...to make this happen we need to have support from backers like YOU...
The finished units will have a light weight plastic body like the prototype pictured plus feature a rubber type over mold on the handles and raised ridges on the back of the case providing a more secure and comfortable gripping surface.
The color of the finished units remains to be determined by YOU the backers. There will be 5 color combination choices for the finished units, you can decide to voice your opinion regarding the color combo by selecting the corresponding reward tier. The color combo with the most votes WINS. And if you don't want to vote...no worries, the finished color combo will be cool and you will be happy..!
Orbit is born...
While I was on a holiday trip with my two sons in the bay area of San Francisco. The boys had just received the iPad Mini as Christmas gifts and were very excited to use them. I was excited too...I wanted to use the camera to record our trip in both video and still images. But I am clumsy and I have "butter fingers" I must have dropped my cell phone or had it slip out of my hands a hundred times. Did I want to take the chance on dropping a brand new iPad Mini off the Golden Gate Bridge or have it slip out of my hands on Fisherman's Warf..? Do I take a chance that my 10 and 12 year old sons would be able to hold onto their new tablets under the same conditions..? I was concerned about dropping the device or having it slip out of my hands at an inopportune time like my mobile phone had done so many times before.
This prompted me to look for a product I was comfortable with using to make the tablet work the way I wanted...I could not find one. I did extensive research online and in the largest retail stores looking for a good case with a handle grip...I could not find one. The products I could find only had a strap or a piece of plastic that centered on the back of the device. These types of products work great if you want to hold the tablet like a book and look back at yourself or prop the tablet up on a stand, but they do not work very well if you want to use the tablet like a camera.
Likewise, at every sporting event, unique occasion, graduation, recital or special event...parents record their children on their mobile phones and tablet computers. You can see them holding their device with two hands, clutching it tightly for fear of dropping it in a moment of clumsiness or unforeseen circumstance. They are limited to their outstretched arms and immobilized to do anything else because both hands are tied up in the process.
The need for Orbit cases exists in a multitude of situations....you can be one of the first to benefit from this great new product..!
From this humble and practical beginning, we are now a utility and design patent pending product for tablet computers and mobile phones globally protected from would be counterfeiters and copy cats. Our goal is set at manufacturing an Orbit case for all the many types of computer tablets worldwide.
Some key features the Orbit case offers:
- Attachable and detachable for ease of use.
- Handle grips on both sides of tablet.
- Design allows protective touch screen covers to work in conjunction with case.
- Handles provide a method of holding onto tablet permitting a proper, assured grip so tablet is not dropped while being used.
- Handles enable user to place tablet in unconventional positions while using camera.
- Handles allow positioning tablet in ways that cannot otherwise be attained with the device alone or with any other products on the market.
- Handles allow tablet to be firmly held in limitless positions with just one hand.
- Handles provide a place to clip tablet to an additional apparatus extending mobile device past the reach of personal limits.
- Handles permit operator to steadily utilize tablet as a camera or video recorder while in precarious motions such as riding a bike or skateboard, partaking in activities like skiing, snowboarding, running or moving more quickly than a walk.
- Handles provide a confidence to manipulate tablet with one hand especially when using mobile device as a camera or video recorder.
- Handles provide for safe, secure, ease-of-use with one hand, permitting operator to have the other hand free.
Voting for color combination choice.
We thought this would be a fun way to pick a great looking color combination for the Orbit case. The body is made of a plastic type material and is one part of the combination. The handles and ridges on the back of the case are over molded with a rubber type material making up the other part of the combination.
Please refer to the chart below for voting choices:
A few more photos of our case in action....
Risks and challenges
We believe we are past the most challenging hurdles. We have surrounded ourselves with experts in engineering and manufacturing, successfully working through the design and prototyping process. We have utilized rapid prototyping technology like 3D printing and SLS modeling to try and test our product.
After several iterations, tweaks and progressions we've finalized and tested the design, landing on the fully functional prototype shown in the photos. We have lined up proven and trusted vendors who guarantee delivery of a final product. Once funded, we will move from prototype to production tooling molds along with an initial run of finalized product.
As with any venture, unforeseen circumstance is always possible. We are confident that should any obstacle arise it will be overcome in a timely reliable manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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