A fun and innovative, re-buildable gadget mount system based on a modular, building block design combined with strong magnets.
My goal is to raise enough money to pay for the injection mold tooling required to bring my invention to production: MiMMs Mounts. After this project has successfully concluded, I intend to promote and sell MiMMs Mounts via online channels including my website: http://www.mimmsmounts.com and my Twitter feed: @MimmsMounts.
The motivation behind MiMMs Mounts is to capture the fun of childhood building blocks and apply it to a practical, grown-up product: a universal gadget mounting system.
Just think - instead of having a whole collection of gadget/location specific mounts (i.e. a phone vent mount for the car, a GPS windshield mount, an iPod handlebar mount, a garage door opener visor mount, etc..) you can have a single MiMMs Mount kit from which you can build a gadget mount where and when you need it. When you're finished with the mount, take it apart. Then later, use it again for a different purpose.
The design for MiMMs Mounts has evolved since I first had the idea in November, 2010. Using my Makerbot Cupcake 3D Printer I have spent countless hours prototyping and testing different configurations.
After five design iterations, I believe I now have a robust and versatile design that can meet or exceed your expectations.
Through this project, I would like to raise enough funding to buy the tooling for the first two components of the MiMMs Mounts system: the Base Mount and the Angler Module.
The Base Mount is the foundation of the MiMMs Mount concept. It consists of two sides (a male and a female side) that are semi-permanently adhered to the gadget and the intended mounting location with an industrial strength, structural adhesive tape made by 3M. Each side has an array of neodymium magnets. When the sides are held near each other they attract and wholla! - you get a very strong connection. Luckily, to disconnect them you don't have to pull against the magnets (trust me, it's not easy - they're very strong). To disconnect, just twist the gadget about 45 degrees and the magnets will actually push apart. Check out the video below:
The best part is, when you buy a new gadget (like the iPhone 10 or the Droid Ginormous), or you decide you'd rather mount it in a different place - you just remove the Base Mount, apply new adhesive tape (refills available) and use it again. And again. And again.
The Angler Module is used to change the orientation you gadget. After all, mounting surfaces don't always face in the direction you want them to. By adding an Angler, you gain 180 degrees of angular adjustment, so you can aim your gadget right where you want it. It also makes a great kickstand for when you want to quickly rest your gadget on a desk, table, counter top, etc...
Together, these two components can be used solve many different mounting problems.
"But wait, there's more!" The beauty of the modular concept is that it can continue to evolve.
If this project is successful, I would like to add more mounts and modules to the system either by self financing or via a second project. Some of the additional concepts I have include: a Bar Mount, a Tripod Mount, a Twist Module, a Visor Mount, a Belt Clip Mount, a Suction Cup Mount and a Tee Module (more info is available on my website www.mimmsmounts.com.).
So this project is really just the beginning. With your support, MiMMs Mounts can get the kickstart it needs to grow into a truly universal re-buildable gadget mount system.
Thank you for your interest. I hope you'll back the project.
If you have a question, email me and I'll add to the FAQ list.
-Geoffrey Wardman, P.E.
Special thanks to Makerbot Industries for creating an affordable, DIY 3D printer. Without my Makerbot, MiMMs Mounts would just be another passing idea that I stuffed into the back of my mind.
No they do not. All rewards include domestic shipping by first class mail only.
International backers are welcome, however you will need to include a $15 surcharge to cover shipping and handling. So, if you'd like a MiMMs Mount Basic kit sent to Canada, you'll need to pledge $45 ($30 pledge level plus the $15 surcharge.)
MiMMs stands for "Magnetic, interconnecting, Modular, Mounting system".
Everything in this Kickstarter project was shot on my Panasonic Lumix FH20 point and shoot camera, Yes, I know, I need to buy a better camera and lights.
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YOU SCRATCH MY BACK.... This is the best reward being offered and that's why there's a very low limit on it. You decide how much you're willing to pledge for 1 set of MiMMs Mounts ( two Base Mounts, and an Angler Module) and if the project is funded, I'll send you one. But here's the catch: YOU HAVE TO HELP ME PROMOTE THE PROJECT. Tell your friends and family, write about it in your Blog, post links to in on your favorite forums, mention it on Facebook, and tweet about it on Twitter. If I win, you win. (ESTIMATED DELIVERY = 12 weeks from project close)
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NICE IDEA, BUT..... So you don't think MiMMs Mounts is for you - but you like my story and you're gonna throw me a couple bones anyways. To reward your support, I will add your name to an "I Kickstarted MiMMs Mounts" page on the MiMMs Mounts website. Then someday, when everybody except you has one of my mounts, you can say "Hey, I helped Kickstart MiMMs Mounts" and refer them to this page to prove it.
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I'M NOT CONVINCED..... This pledge level is for those of you who are undecided. You think MiMMs Mounts is a neat idea, but you're not sure it's right for you. You want to try it - but you don't want to fork over 30 bucks. For a $10 pledge I will send you one Base Mount plus a tape refill - so you can try out the design. Once you feel the strength of magnetic grip, and the ease of the twist release - you'll be convinced. ESTIMATED DELIVERY = 12 weeks from project close)
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I WANT ONE ... Well, this is the real deal here. You've seen the video and read my story and you're convinced. You want a MiMMs Mounts Basic Kit. For a $30 pledge, that's what you'll get. Two Base Mounts and one Angler Module (plus tape refills) from the pre-production run. Everything you need to mount two gadgets in two locations. (ESITMATED DELIVERY = 12 weeks from project close.)
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I WANT IT ALL AND I WANT IT NOW...... If you think MiMMs Mounts is the best thing since sliced bread then this pledge is for you!. Limited to 25 backers, this pledge will get you one of the first MiMMs Mounts Basic Kits ever made - straight from the mold tool qualification run. My plan is to ship these rewards within 6 weeks of the project close date (maybe even sooner if the project meets it's goal ahead of schedule). Just like the"I want it all" reward, you'll get two Base Mounts, one Angler Module, and tape refills. But you get it way, way faster than everybody else. (ESTIMATED DELIVERY = 6 weeks from project close.)
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DOUBLE DOWN.... What do you get for a $60 pledge? Simple, two MiMMs Mounts Basic Kits and a BONUS storage case. So that's four Base Mounts, two Angler Modules, tape refills plus a blue & black soft case with the mimmsmounts logo imprinted on it.. The two Angler Modules can be used together to create a compound angle for one gadget or used separately for two gadgets. More than enough to meet the challenge of almost any mounting situation. (ESTIMATED DELIVERY = 12 weeks from project close.)
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MY SUGAR DADDY..... You believe in MiMMs Mounts and you want it to succeed as much as I do. Tangible rewards mean little to you. You just want to do what ever it takes to make this project a Kickstarter winner. For a $1500 pledge, I will fly to a destination of your choosing (continental US only) take you out for pizza and beer, thank you for your generous support and give you a big, big hug.
- (21 days)