About this project
Funding has ended on Kickstarter, but you can visit 1lss.com to order MagBak and more!
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What the press is saying about MagBak:
Magbak is the world's thinnest mount for iPad. It's so thin, no one would ever guess it's a mount. It inherently mounts to most metal surfaces without adding any significant bulk or thickness.
Mounts to most metal surfaces. For non-metal surfaces, use the metal O-Ring (included).
The SmartCover Snaps neatly in place to the back of your iPad.
The silicone texture feels great to touch and its outline is designed for your fingers.
MagBak grips your iPad to the surface it's on and prevents drops.
At 1/2mm thin, MagBak raises iPad just enough to keep the back protected.
Shipping in six different colors to match with your Apple SmartCover.
For non-metal surfaces, use the metal O-ring with 3M adhesive backing (included). It allows the iPad to be mounted in portrait, landscape, or any angle in between.
A pair of Metal Arches will also be included in each box if we reach our 70K stretch goal. So if you know anyone who might be interested in MagBak, share it with them. (www.MagBak.com)
What is great about MagBak is that the stuff that does the mounting is inside MagBak on the iPad's back. No need for bulky mounting frames on the surface you want to mount to.
Future accessories to mount a car's head rest, dash, etc. can be a very simple design. This makes MagBak easily expandable to future mounting surfaces.
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We know Apple will eventually release a new version of the iPad. When they do, we'll study to see if our current design still works. But our backers (you) shouldn't have to worry about that. When the next generation iPad comes out, we'll give you the option to buy the next generation MagBak for just $9 + shipping. We call this the "upgrade path". When ready, we'll send out a coupon code to our backers so you can get the latest at this special price.
This project would not be possible without YOU, who support people like us that love to build and create stuff. We put a lot of hard work, time, and effort into MagBak. We hope you'll love it as much as we do.
It's amazing handing people an iPad with MagBak. Telling them it's designed for their hands. They love the feel of it. Its simplicity. But what really gets them is when they see it's a mount. They're just blown away.
And that is what we wanted to create. A product that doesn't just delight, but makes you go "wow, that's crazy!".
Colin Havey-Video production
We're tested both Verizon / At&t 4G iPads with MagBak, and have not noticed any difference in reception / speed. We did not see a difference in any of iPad's functionalities. Compass / Wifi / Bluetooth all work without any issues. This is because our magnets are located in the same vicinity as iPad's SmartCover magnets, so we believe iPad was designed to work with magnets in these areas.
MagBak for iPad Mini is currently in design. Pledge $1 for MagBak for iPad Mini to get the latest updates and design info.
MagBak is Patent Pending.
Like most ideas, it all started with a couple of problems. First, I was constantly getting frustrated with the Smart Cover as it would not stay put to the back when I would use the iPad. It would just hang and flop as I maneuvered the device. Secondly, one day as I was rushing to get into my car with papers and an iPad in hand, the iPad slipped out and hit the ground. Most people would get a bulky case to protect the iPad, but I wanted to get to the root of the problem. The iPad is too slippery! So I started sketching some ideas. A good grip with embedded magnets to help hold the Smart Cover to the back would solve these problems. As the idea evolved, I came across something really big! The solution to these problems unintentionally resulted in a great feature. The "magnetic grip" I had came up with could also be used as a simple and lightweight mounting system for the iPad. The key design principles I wanted to follow were that the solution has to be very thin, light, and not ruin the aesthetics of the iPad. Here are some of my initial sketches:
...and after several iterations in CAD, I finalized the outline of MagBak.
Once I had the CAD design complete, I worked with multiple vendors over several months to produce different versions of pads, magnets and adhesives to come up with the best functional prototype.
- Received Fully functional MagBak samples from Manufacturer
- Received Metal O-Ring samples (late June)
- Complete packaging design and confirm vendor
- QA of Metal O-Rings
August 2013 (if MagBak is funded)
- Manufacture production molds for silicone pads (2 weeks)
- Start die cutting tool for final O-Ring design (2 weeks)
- Magnet production starts (2 weeks)
- (Mid Aug) Silicone Pads production starts (1 week)
- Ship MagBak!
Risks and challenges
This project has already come a long way and we believe we are past the most challenging obstacles. After several iterations we've finalized the design and found vendors. We have even gotten prototype molds made. With these molds, we've made fully functional samples. Once funded, we will move from prototype to production molds.
We are currently putting the finishing touches on the packaging design and are finalizing the best method to conveniently apply MagBak to any compatible iPad.
We will also refine our metal O-Rings by testing other thicknesses and textures. We have several samples, and are currently working with various manufacturers to iron this out.
Lastly, our choice of adhesive tapes has been finalized with 3M, and the appropriate resources have been lined up to be ready for production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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