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.