A collapsible aluminum stand for your tablets, phablets and smartphones. Comes with sleek protective case also! Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on April 18, 2014.
About this project
Meet the Leaf Mount!
Léaf Mount is carefully crafted from aerospace grade aluminum. Its' minimal form is brought to life via CNC machining, its' beauty by way of finish—hand buffed, glass bead blasted, hard anodized and sealed. It's a luxurious finish that aptly compliments the craftsmanship of Apple's products, with no expense spared.
The incredible breakthrough technology micro-suction is the thing that drives its function. It is made here in Chicago by the incredible company Inventables . Léaf mount has two micro-suction pads affixed to its base, one gripping the backside of your device(ipods, iphones, androids & tablets), the other gripping the surface of anything smooth underneath. These pads are comprised of a special make of foam that, as you can see from the video, are extremely effective.
The material that comprises micro-suction was manufactured in such a way that it is laden with thousands of open air-pockets along its surface. Pressing an object with a flat surface up against the micro-suction forces the air out of the pockets thereby creating a vacuum, and it's this vacuum that creates the suction you experience. You can't truly fathom it until you see and feel it for yourself.
Flexibility & Transportability
As you upgrade and swap out your devices over the years, Léaf stand endures. So long as the flat back-side is there on your new devices, Léaf stand accommodates. It is entirely platform agnostic (iOS, Android, and Windows), and there's no reason it can't last you for decades, given the pads are replaceable. Given that the case is made strictly for the stand itself, it makes transportability a breeze at all times.
We started the prototyping process early last year, and since then we have gone through a series of incremental iterations of Léaf Mount. It was clear to us from the beginning that to create a good final product we had to do the painstaking work to leave no stone unturned in the prototyping stage. We then went about making functional prototypes. The first prototypes we made were 3D printed. We then made ephemeral molds for the second series of prototypes. We are now at the third stage of the process, mass production. This is why we are on kickstarter seeking your help.
Following developments in the production process is half the fun here on Kickstarter. We will absolutely share our experiences and update our progress with frequency and transparency, in ways that make you proud.
Léaf Mount is all you need.
Léaf Mount goes where your device goes, into any room or setting you need. It can detach and re-mount simply, without leaving any sticky residue for ultimate portability. It’s the one mount you’ll ever need.
- Use Léaf Mount as a car mount to place your smartphone on your windshield or dashboard for easy navigation and hands free calling.
- Use Léaf Mount to mount your smartphone or your 7 to 8 inch tablets.
- Use Léaf Mount as a desk mount for easy FaceTime, message checking, video watching and song selection. It’ll even hold your tablet up while in the kitchen so you can easily check a recipe mid-chop.
Why Léaf Mount?
We love our gadgets & gears. So much. We were sick of having to plop them into bulky mounts, that’s not our style. With that in mind, we demanded only the best for Léaf Mount. We searched high and low to source premium materials and used precise CNC machinery to manufacture Léaf Mount. This wasn’t cheap, but it was well worth it. Léaf Mount is in a category of its own and is deserving of your most prized gear.
Where we are
After many months of hard work Léaf Mount is ready for prime time! We have finalized the design and have selected our manufacturer that we have been working since last year. The prototypes that we have been using for the past couple months work exactly how the final product is going to work and we just need the green light to start production. We plan on doing a pre-production run very soon to see how operations will work once we go onto full production. Hopefully once the project gets funded we can begin full scale production.
Tajudeen Bisiriyu & Léaf Inc: I'm a product designer from Chicago. I've always been a huge fan of design and detail. So it was only innate that, i contribute and share the little that i know to the design society.
Benedict Ashamu: He is the head logistics manager for Léaf inc. Who is very knowledgeable and responsible for the management of resources, information and goods by planning, implementing and controlling products and services.
Plastic Service Group: Product Design & Development using SolidWorks 3D CAD Design Software. Over 30 years experience in the Plastics Industry. Specifically, Injection Molding, Plastic Profile Extrusion & Thermoforming. Experience also to include Aluminum Extrusion, Sheet Metal, Fasteners & Electro-Mechanical Assemblies. Dan was the past President, Society of Plastics Engineers, Chicago Section. He worked on our computer aided designs.
Teddy Waffles: He is an incredible videographer/editor based in Chicagoland who also produces television & radio commercial adverts. Expertise in shooting & editing video. And proud owner of the incredible website www.teddywaffles.com.
Li Fialang: 9+ years experiences in product design and engineering. Product designer, Mechanical engineer, and Finite Elements Analysis and Simulations . CEO of Shanghai Miraclever tech Co, LTD. Li will be handling and supervising the molding and production processes.
Why we want you to be a part of Léaf
The Kickstarter community has the amazing ability to turn ideas into reality. This mount is the result of months of feedback and research, and we’re excited to see it through. We need your support to create the ultimate premium mount. With your pledge, you’ll help get production started as well as help fund the machinery, materials and consistency required to create a luxe product like Léaf Mount.
We truly thank and appreciate all of you who support this project, whether you do it with a pledge or by sharing Léaf Mount with your friends who like well-designed products. Thanks!
Risks and challenges
Even the most thought out plans can take a turn, but our experienced team has done everything in our power to minimize these risks and challenges. Most importantly, we plan to be very transparent throughout the whole project. If any delays or problems arise, we’ll let you know right away.
The biggest challenge we face is the production lead time. The delivery times we have set for each reward are for 500 mounts. The delivery date will be extended if we exceed that amount.
We know that you’re excited about your Léaf Mount and want to keep you posted. After the project ends, we plan to put out updates every other week so everyone is well informed of the project status.
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