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The GripSnap is a flexible stand for smartphones and GoPros with a SUPER-powerful magnetic base. Awesome for selfies and group photos! Read more

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The GripSnap is a flexible stand for smartphones and GoPros with a SUPER-powerful magnetic base. Awesome for selfies and group photos!

About this project

A portable, flexible monopod for your phone or GoPro with a super-powerful magnetic base? It's here!

"Selfies" was the word of the year in 2013. In 2014 let's all agree to  start taking selfies that don't look like selfies -- with the GripSnap! The GripSnap (patent pending) is AWESOME, whether you're taking a group photo with your friends or doing kickass GoPro videos from the hood of your car. There are so many uses for the GripSnap, you're going to need more drive space for all of your crazy photos! 

It's not just for iPhones!
The GripSnap works with smartphones of all shapes and sizes up to and including the Samsung Galaxy Note, which is 3.27" wide.

Stop asking people to take your picture, or worse, having a phone full of pictures without you in them! Finally, everyone can be in the photo -- just snap the GripSnap to pretty much any ferrous metal surface, and using one of many available camera timer apps, take pictures that include the whole crew, instead of always missing one person…

Snap your GripSnap to a bike rack
Snap your GripSnap to a bike rack
Snap the GripSnap to any ferrous metal surface...
Snap the GripSnap to any ferrous metal surface...

Stretch Goal Added!!
If we reach the $25,000 mark, we're adding a new reward -- the GripSnap Car Mount! If you use your phone for navigation or if you want an easy dash-cam setup, you'll want this! See the prototype in the GripSnap Update #4 

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 A few other uses for the GripSnap in the video above…

Snap the GripSnap to a light pole for a quick selfie!
Snap the GripSnap to a light pole for a quick selfie!

 How do you take a hands-free selfie?

It's easy! There are lots of camera timer apps out there. Some are even voice or sound activated, so you can clap your hands or yell "Cheese!" and your phone will take your picture. Here are a few of the apps we like that work GREAT with the GripSnap:

 Mounting your GoPro was never easier:

Snap your GoPro to any ferrous metal surface
Snap your GoPro to any ferrous metal surface
The GripSnap works great and looks pretty cool too...
The GripSnap works great and looks pretty cool too...
Snap your GripSnap to a water fountain...
Snap your GripSnap to a water fountain...
Where will you snap your GripSnap?
Where will you snap your GripSnap?
Concepting the GripSnap on paper last year
Concepting the GripSnap on paper last year

 What's next?

I have manufactured and brought other products to market and my last big product landed me a spot on Shark Tank. But this is the coolest product I've developed, because it has so many uses. I'm psyched to get one into your hands!!

We want you to have your GripSnap as soon as possible. Here's the basic timeline we're looking at:

  • July/August: Meet lots of cool Kickstarters, continue work on mold and plastic encasement for the magnet.
  • September: Finalize the conduit type/source/size/length. Have our manufacturers crank out a bunch of our custom sized magnets and get them coated and shipped.
  • October: Shipping from the manufacturer ALWAYS takes longer than expected, so October is our target month to receive phone clips, production conduit and complete magnets.
  • November: Assembly and fulfillment. We've got a crazy schedule ahead of us, but we've been doing the footwork for the GripSnap for over a year. We're confident we can make our shipping goal.

Risks and challenges

We have worked very hard to get the GripSnap ready for Kickstarter and full-scale manufacturing, but here are some challenges ahead:

MANUFACTURING: Due to the brittle nature of neodymium magnets, they have a tendency to shatter, which was a problem with our early prototypes. To ensure that this won't happen on the production models, we're working on a strong, but thin, plastic casing for our magnets. We've already got a manufacturer working on the mold and should have samples late this summer. We have confidence in our manufacturer to deliver a great final product, but we have a back-up manufacturer at the ready, should anything go sideways.

PRODUCT ADJUSTMENTS: As the GripSnap gets closer to production, we're going to continue to do some fine tuning, especially on the conduit tubing. Each generation of materials we try gets better and our current version has a high degree of flexibility, coupled with good rigidity. That said, we're going to be able to shorten it, making the GripSnap even more compact, while retaining the flexibility to bend the GripSnap into any position required. As we fine-tune the design, I'll definitely give updates and pictures showing how things evolve. This stuff is fun!

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    THANK YOU!! Anything helps and if you donate $5 toward the project I'll make a YouTube video of me making potato salad while reading the names of all $5 supporters. You rock!!

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    GET A GripSnap ON YOURSELF: We're planning to sell the GripSnap at a retail price of $49, so now's your chance to save some cash AND be the first of your friends to have the coolest phone/camera/GoPro accessory in the history of the last year or so!

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    PUCK YOU: Get a GripSnap AND one of our simple but cool, heavy metal Pucks, that will attach to any tripod plate (with a 1/4-20 screw). Now you can use your GripSnap on a tripod for smooth tilts and pans, then quickly remove it for those 'hard-to-get' shots!

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    IT'S THE FAMILY 4-PACK: Get one GripSnap for you, one for your lovely bride, and one each for those li'l ankle biters. You'll win big points with them, and they might not think you're such a dork. And if you want one for Grandma, message me and we'll work up a 5-pack. The family that snaps together stays together!

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