FUMM: Flexible Universal Mobile Mount for iPhones & Androids
FUMM: Flexible Universal Mobile Mount for iPhones & Androids
Mount, stand, holder, dock for any mobile device. FUMM works anywhere, easy to use, easy to carry, and nothing else to buy or lose.*
Mount, stand, holder, dock for any mobile device. FUMM works anywhere, easy to use, easy to carry, and nothing else to buy or lose.* Read more
About this project
This project is canceled to relaunch with additional options to work with cases and non-nano-suction pad adhering surfaces. More exciting news can be found in our facebook page.
The universal mobile mount for all your smart devices now and for all future devices. FUMM works everywhere and is easy to carry everywhere*.
Nothing to break, nothing to assemble, nothing to lose and nothing more to buy.
Easy to use, durable mount for all iPhones, Androids and other mobile devices
for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S
for Galaxy S3, S4, Nexus, One, DNA, X, Q10, Lumina, Xperia, Kona
for Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 3, Optimus G Pro
for most GPS, digital cameras, mini-camcorders…
* For all devices with flat smooth surfaces and for use everywhere there is a clean, flat, non-porous, smooth surface.
Pledge Goal: $35,000 FUMM Base Design
** Stretch Challenge Goals: Vote on optional design FUMMs!
Easy to operate
No need to buy new mount for each smartphone upgrade
No small parts to lose and no optional parts to buy
Use mobile devices in portrait or landscape mode
Weather resistant, durable and easy clean up
Unique, patent pending design
What is a nano suction pad?
Think of it as millions of microscopic suction cups made into a thin strip. It has a nano closed foam structure that suctions to flat surfaces in order to stick. It is not an adhesive tape; it uses a small vacuum to hold itself to other flat surfaces. It will stick to all clean glass, tiles, metal, varnished wood, most plastics and polished stones like marble. This patented material is new to the market. We have added our own patent pending process to work with slightly curved surfaces and certain textured surfaces. Not all nano suction pads are same.
What is a flexible tube?
It is a metal tube covered with polymer for corrosion protection. The metal tube is made of many smaller metals assembled for small radius flexibility and stiffness to hold its adjusted shape. Typical similar flex tubes don’t have the high quality control our supplier has for bend radius, holding stiffness and smoothness. As a matter of fact, we only found one supplier that met our specification with consistent quality between here and Asia.
How FUMM Works:
The nano suction pad holds mobile devices to FUMM and FUMM attaches to flat smooth surfaces.
The flexible tubes allow easy angle adjustment and hold their position in the set angle.
Patent pending features of FUMM allow nano suction pads to stick to gently curved smooth surfaces, like a car windshield, and some textured surfaces, like a refrigerator.
If FUMM loses its ability to suction due to dust or oil, simply wash and pat dry for fresh suction power. If the suction pads are damaged from an accident or ages from normal wear and tear they can easily be replaced. See FAQ for more details.
FUMM can be used with any mobile device and any mounting locations with a clean, flat, smooth surface to mount nano-suction pad. Any such window, table, desk, wall or door will work.
FUMM can also be used as a stand and a dock for any mobile device with smooth flat rear surface.
FUMM will mount in car, airplane tray, office desk, kitchen counter, restaurant table, tiled wall, police car, coffee table, bar counter, rental car, flat screen, bleacher, car hood… you get the picture!
It can be flattened and carried anywhere.
Why Plastic Body!
FUMM is made with the engineered polymer rather than aluminum or titanium so it will stay cooler in sunlight. Shiny metal is definitely pretty but they get quite hot in direct sunlight. Another benefit of polymer FUMM is a superior impact resistance. If you drop FUMM it will sustain minor scratches if that. If you accidentally step on FUMM, it may have minor scratches, but not if it was a metal. It is the best material for true mobile mount.
Not All Nano Suction Pads Are Created Equal?
Nope! FUMM utilizes specially designed nano suction pads using unique process for increased suction strength, and to work on curved surfaces like a car windshields and certain textured surfaces like refrigerator. See if other nano suction pads can do that. It is a unique patent pending FUMM design.
True Universal Mobile Mount? How?
Yes, it is universal because FUMM works with most mobile devices AND it is universal it works in most situations. Almost all smartphones, GPS, digital cameras and iPods work with FUMM for mounting, viewing, charging, holding on all flat, smooth, non-porous surfaces.
It is universally mobile because you can bring it with you. How many other stands or mounts would you bring along to most places you go.
Current Progress and Production Plan
FUMM has quite a simple design. Parts suppliers have been identified and materials qualification has already been conducted. My plan is to subcontract the production to one of three U.S. contract manufacturers. Final manufacturer selection will depend on final funding amount and product variations chosen by Kickstarter backers. FUMM can be machine cut and assembled for small quantity production or injection molded and assembled for higher quantity or multi-color production. FUMM specification drawings are prepared waiting for funding decision, dimension, color and a purchase order for manufacturing.
Risks and challenges
Several working prototypes are made. The initial FUMM offered here will be made of UV-resistant black polymer and sized for current iPhones. Various materials for plastic body and flexible tubes have been tested and qualified. Several versions of design have been tested and a final design has been selected.
Many potential suppliers for FUMM parts don’t have the required technical specifications for their materials and cannot really guarantee the consistent quality of their materials, but we have taken steps to ensure this will not be the case with our FUMM suppliers.
Our backers will need to vote on the second and third FUMM designs for our stretch goal.
All materials are sourced from the US, and US-based contract manufacturers are on board for production.
Upon funding, the final production facility will be selected and we expect FUMM will be shipped within 90 days.
Shipping packaging and international shipping processes need to be refined.
We have the completed design, sourcing, prototype production, testing, selected focus group studies and quotes from several manufacturers; but it would be prudent to let our backers know that the possibility of unforeseen events and difficulties always exist. We have single source materials due to their unique patented technologies and quality control. We have done our due diligence to eliminate all production and procurement issues, and we will be working with US suppliers.
We do have extensive experience in design engineering and in working with domestic and overseas electronics and mobile accessory suppliers and manufacturers, but we can use additional expertise in some areas.
However, thus far our final design prototypes are extremely durable, operates as designed, and are within our projected budget.
We need your input in product designs, eMarketing and financial funding.
1. Product Designs
We need our backers to participate in product development decision making for our future products. Our initial FUMM is black and sized to fit iPhone 5. When we reach our second stretch goal, should our second version be sized to fit Galaxy s4 or Galaxy Note 2? Or should it be the same size as the first FUMM but in a different color? We want our backers to tell us what you want. We know what big box stores want and what the focus group is telling us, but what do our backers want? We will produce what you want and deliver your desired FUMM, color and size.
2. Guerrilla eMarketing
We need our backers to help spread the word. Let your favorite website, media or blog know about FUMM. The more backers we get, the more choices of products we can also get. We would love to get to our challenge funding amount and provide a second model of FUMM. Share news about FUMM on your Facebook, Twitter, or other social media. Submit our Press Release package to your local new media.
3. Financial Support
If you have become one of our backers, then you have supported us financially. Thank you.
We appreciate your support and we will show our appreciation by rewarding you with the best possible FUMM we can produce and by incorporating your inputs for all our future decision making processes.
We are open to any other suggestions that can help us deliver the best quality product to you. We can use your suggestion in international shipping, packaging or anything else that you think we ought to know to improve our work.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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