Menehune Mount - Universal GoPro, iPhone & Mobile Mount
Menehune Mount - Universal GoPro, iPhone & Mobile Mount
Replace over a dozen mounts for your GoPro, iPhone, audio recorder & lights with a simple to use, compact and hands-free mount.
Replace over a dozen mounts for your GoPro, iPhone, audio recorder & lights with a simple to use, compact and hands-free mount. Read more
About this project
The Menehune Mount is truly amazing. If you do any sort of vlogging or event video/pictures, you can get shots easily from places and angels not possible before. Check out how we mounted on the fabric of a tent.
We love ocean sports and we love capturing our fun with the GoPro Session. We couldn't find a good option to mount a GoPro on our hats. The current head strap is bulky, uncomfortable and sometimes gets the bill of the hat in the frame.
We decided to enter a business competition called StartUp Weekend in Honolulu on a weekend in November. All of us pitched an idea but the GoPro mount is what we decided to do. We recruited Evan & Kari, Collin Kobayashi; Hawaii's leading product designer and CEO of 3D-Innovations and Monica Umeda; co-founder of Akabotics to help us. (see bio area for more info)
We set out to invent a simple system that would allow the GoPro to easily mount on a hat and not block the view of the camera lens. We created three different prototypes using a 3D printer, within the 54-hour weekend competition. By the third prototype, we were pleased with a mount that would hold a GoPro camera for ocean sports enthusiasts, like us.
We took the mounts to the pioneers of stand up paddle surfing (Blue Planet Surf, C4 Waterman & Surftech) and the world famous BikeFactory Hawaii to get some feedback on what we invented. Evan launched StandUpPaddleSurf.net in 2007 so he has relationships with many industry leaders.
We got 100% positive feedback about the view that the mount provided for the GoPro user and the ease of use to attach and detach the mount. 100% of those interviewed said they would definitely carry the product on their shelves and offer it to their customers. 100% of those interviewed said that they would use the product themselves, and if allowed would like our prototype!
We were able to win first place and become the youngest team ever to win a StartUp Weekend competition. Many people who were part of the competition were interested in the hat mount and asked about when it would go into production.
The next steps after winning a local StartUp Weekend is to compete globally against 60 countries and thousands of participants with ideas of other products and services that would enhance someone’s lifestyle.
We shared our invention with the world in December 2015 and was able to place 2nd in the Champions track and took 3rd place in the category Great in the Making.
The morning news shows helped us promote as well as a lot of print media (see bottom).
While continuing to share our product with others, we were challenged to have our mount do more than just mount a GoPro. This is when we started investigating and found that other mounts in the market are big, bulky, and heavy which does not make it easy to fit in your bag to carry with you and does not easily attach to the environment around you. It was actually Mitch from BikeFactory that brought this up.
We quickly went to work and evolved our hat clip into a universal mount that can be used in the ocean and on land.
Our universal Menehune Mount can replace the big contraptions for the GoPro, the long selfie stick for the iPhone, and a tripod for lighting.
You can easily attach the Menehune Mount on to the bill of your cap so your lens is not obstructed by the bill and we use the tether strap that came with the GoPro and attach it to the knob on top the hat for even more stability. With the GoPro Floaty (sold separately and by GoPro) this will keep the hat floating too.
We also mounted on a strap next to the tent pole.
If no one is around to help you and you’d like to take a landscape shot, you can attach the mount to a metallic surface or a thin surface to take pictures on your own or capture an event/conference. Check out how we mounted on this speaker.
The magnets are strong enough to hold our Sony a6000 mirrorless camera with the 16-50mm kit lens. We attached a GoPro to 1/4" 20 tripod mount (sold separately) to attach the camera.
We did the same with the iPhone 6s+ below using the Menehune Mount, 1/4" 20 tripod attachment (sold separately) and an iPhone holder (sold separately).
The Menehune Mount can mount just about any light weight mobile device with the right attachments. We've mounted LED lights, audio recorders, cameras, phones and we've mounted on cars, poles and trees.
Robert Stehlik shot this entire video with just a Menehune Mount, GoPro Session and velcro strap. What else can do this and fits in your pocket?
Robert Stehlik who shot the video above is the owner of Blue Planet Surf and a champion stand up paddler. Robert is one of the pioneers in the stand up paddling world. He's been using the Menehune Mount for the past 2 months now and is one of our main beta testers. Here's what he thinks of the Menehune Mount.
The Menehune Mount is a must have for musicians. Jon Yamasato is a Hoku Award winning artist and started in the band Pure Heart with the world famous Jake Shimabukuro. Jon now produces the TV show HiSessions and their YouTube channel has over 70,000 subscribers and 1,000,000+ views per month. David Kusumoto is the creative genius and is in charge of video production for HiSessions. David also runs the Tony Award winning 9th Ave Studio which does documentaries, video production and commercials for companies like Jeep, American Savings Bank and Punahou School. Hear what they have to say after using the Menehune Mount at a HiSessions shoot.
So how does this actually work?
Check out the different prototypes in the video below.
We truly recruited a world class team. Collin Kobayashi is both the CEO of 3D Innovations and the co-founder of Startup Connector which is a hardware accelerator. Collin has lined up the manufacturers that he's worked with for the past 6 years to produce our Menehune Mount.
Now we are ready to take our final prototype and have it mass produced using the injection molding process and share it with the you. This is where we need your help. Please back our campaign and help spread the word. We appreciate all your help. Aloha.
Production Schedule once funded:
Mold Creation - April/May 2016
Sample Run - May/June 2016
Production Run - July/August 2016
Delivery to USA Warehouse - September/October 2016
Ship to Kickstarter Backers - October 2016
Videos shot or featuring the Menehune Mount (Formerly Menehune Hat Clip):
Risks and challenges
MANUFACTURING: Creating the tooling to manufacture a product is expensive and requires expert knowledge to get it right. There is typically a lead time to create the molds for a product and this is where delays could occur. To minimize delay we're working with tooling manufacture partners with a track record for prompt quality.
PRODUCT ADJUSTMENTS: There is a chance that minor adjustments need to be made to improve the final product. Pre-production prototypes have been created and have been tested out with several users. However, there may be minor product refinement that improves the product and ultimately benefit you, the consumer, and we will let you know exactly how and why any modifications are made.
FULFILLMENT: Sometimes things go awry that can’t be planned for: a supplier misses a deadline, a machine breaks down, or a shipment gets lost. Those things could cause a delay. We will do our best to minimize the possibility of setbacks in fulfillment that we can control.
We will be working with manufacturers who have years of experience delivering excellent products in tremendous quantities. There will no doubt be some surprises along the road, but any obstacle will be addressed by combining our internal knowledge with external expertise, and an overall goal of making the best possible product for you, our customer.
Any pledge amount brings us one step closer to our goal. Help us make the Menehune Mount by clicking the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of the page, or by helping us spread the word by sharing our page.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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