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About

FUM is available in Tactical, Crystal, and Standard finishes.

FUM is a blend of industrial art, advanced materials, and patent pending designs.

FUM can function as a selfie mount for selfies, slow motion, time lapse, multi-exposure, and panoramic photos.

With FUM, you do not need a new mount for every smartphone upgrade. The xFormer works with any phone or case.

What is FUM?  FUM is a Flexible Universal Mount for any current and future smartphone (iPhone, Android, and all others). FUM is a multi-functional smartphone mount, camera mount, charging dock, and viewing stand. It's easy to use. Standard FUM works with any device that has a flat, smooth, hard surface, like the iPhone. FUM with xFormer (trans-former) also holds curved, silicone rubber surfaces, like the HTC One, double screened Yotaphone, flexing LG G Flex, and soon-coming folding smartphone.

What is xFormer?  The trans-former IS the universal holder. It is shape memory polymer based and can change to any shape when immersed in boiling water. We have developed a shape memory polymer holder that is clear, durable, and able to be reshaped again and again. It's clear for use with multi-screen smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge or YotaPhone.

xFormer can be shaped to fit any smartphone and case (Otterbox case shown here).
xFormer can be shaped to fit any smartphone and case (Otterbox case shown here).
Visor mounted smartphone and case with shape-changing xFormer in landscape mode.
Visor mounted smartphone and case with shape-changing xFormer in landscape mode.
Tactical FUM vent mount with charcoal anodized aerospace grade aluminium.
Tactical FUM vent mount with charcoal anodized aerospace grade aluminium.
Sunroof mounted xFormer fits any smartphone.
Sunroof mounted xFormer fits any smartphone.
Dash* mounted Tactical FUM in charcoal anodized aerospace grade aluminium (*optional).
Dash* mounted Tactical FUM in charcoal anodized aerospace grade aluminium (*optional).
CD slot* mounted Tactical FUM with nfcTack (*optional)
CD slot* mounted Tactical FUM with nfcTack (*optional)

Easy to Carry Camera Mount. FUM is the easiest mount to carry. Because it folds flat, it fits in your briefcase as well as in your pocket. Use FUM to take selfies, panoramic pictures, slow motion videos, and time lapse videos.  Create more special effects with the multi-positional FUM.

It's better than a selfie stick! Use for selfies, time lapse, long exposure, slow motion, panoramic photos, and more.
It's better than a selfie stick! Use for selfies, time lapse, long exposure, slow motion, panoramic photos, and more.
FUM provides an easy mount for improved panoramic picture quality (panoramic picture mount requires xFormer).
FUM provides an easy mount for improved panoramic picture quality (panoramic picture mount requires xFormer).
Folded compact FUM with xFormer is easy to carry. Suction pads also fold on top of each other to keep their surfaces clean.
Folded compact FUM with xFormer is easy to carry. Suction pads also fold on top of each other to keep their surfaces clean.
FUM functions as a second screen viewing stand to keep track of your favorite team's score.
FUM functions as a second screen viewing stand to keep track of your favorite team's score.
Use the xFormer FUM as a charging dock for your smartphone.
Use the xFormer FUM as a charging dock for your smartphone.
Mount your smartphone on the fridge and many other hard, smooth surfaces.
Mount your smartphone on the fridge and many other hard, smooth surfaces.
Stay fit and multitask with your smartphone.
Stay fit and multitask with your smartphone.
Watch the news and weather in the shower while keeping your smartphone safe.
Watch the news and weather in the shower while keeping your smartphone safe.
Be twice as productive with the Tactical FUM in charcoal anodized aerospace grade aluminium.
Be twice as productive with the Tactical FUM in charcoal anodized aerospace grade aluminium.

Unique materials. FUM is possible due to advanced materials like custom flex tubes, shape memory polymer, and nano suction pad. The xFormer holder uses shape memory polymer that is shapeable when heated but holds its form when exposed to warm environments. Nano suction pads are custom made for FUM from an original nano suction technology developer. FUM uses a customized military grade flex tube for durability and performance.

Patent pending designs. FUM is an original design that can hold any device at various angles and can fold flat for easy portability. The nano suction pad on FUM has an improved holding capability on curved and textured surfaces with its own custom construction. A thumbscrew is used when nano suction isn't possible. xFormer uses advanced material technology to conform holders around any smartphone or any case. Flex tubes are also custom specified US military grade material specially manufactured for FUM.

Shape-changing xFormer conforms to any smartphone shape.
Shape-changing xFormer conforms to any smartphone shape.

FUM Product Development. We wanted a true, universal mount that could work with any mobile device. Too many projects using these materials have failed. Many suction technologies failed to stick reliably, most flexible tubes were flimsy, and mount magnets caused problems with GPS.  So we spent more than two years since first conception to offer a truly universal design. We evaluated many shape memory polymer materials. We evaluated all major flexible tubing manufacturers in the Americas and Asia. We have evaluated several nano suction technologies.  Among these, we used only the tried and true in our design.

Not your typical flimsy flex tube but strong and flexible FUM flex tubes.
Not your typical flimsy flex tube but strong and flexible FUM flex tubes.

We also evaluated more than 200 FUM design variations. We chose a design that we are confident will meet most people's mounting needs -- and we say "most" because we understand some may have unique preferences. We have partnered with qualified machine shops and contract manufacturers based in Silicon Valley for production.

Our FUM designs are complete, and our pre-qualified manufacturers are waiting for our order. We need your support to raise the capital to meet our minimum order quantity, ship your rewards, and finalize small design details.

We want to introduce FUM at the best possible quality at the minimum quantity level. Our funding goal is set very low utilizing small quantity production. The stretch goal will add optional features to the rewards as our cost will be reduced from larger production runs.

We also want our backers to participate in stretch goal rewards and final design detail decisions. As a backer, you can have a voice in this FUM project.

We hope you are inspired and excited as much as we are about FUM and how FUM improves the smartphone experience. Help us achieve our funding and stretch goals! Help us to spread the news!

Risks and challenges

We have completed several variations of FUM design, selected FUM materials, produced and tested prototypes, and received quotes from several qualified Silicon Valley contract manufacturers based on projected quantity; but it would be prudent to let our backers know that the possibility of unforeseen events and difficulties always exist. Two major factors that may delay delivery of FUM are delays from our unique advanced material suppliers and last minute design changes due to backers' interests.

With your support we are targeting to have FUM shipped at the beginning of June.

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