About this project
STEELIE is an innovative patent-pending system to hold your tablet, phone or any other device and freely position it how you like. The unique ball-and-socket design magnetically connect and allow you to easily adjust the device to your preferred position. A simple tug on the device releases the connection. The small ring magnet is used on phones, while the larger ring magnet is used on tablets. STEELIE works at home, in your car, at work, practically everywhere! STEELIE is the simple way to hold smart technology.
The STEELIE Table Top Stand.
The STEELIE PHONE KIT is the perfect way to hold your mobile phone while driving. A small magnetic ring socket attaches directy to the back of phone or phone case using a 3M high performance adhesive tape. STEELIE dash ball uses a high performance 3M adhesive tape to attach almost anywhere on your car, truck, boat, or RV. STEELIE adjusts to the viewing angle you want and holds in the position you choose. No fickle suction cups to clutter your dashboard or your windshield. Legal in all 50 United States.
For Tablets, the larger STEELIE magnetic ring socket attaches with a high performance 3M adhesive tape either directly to back of tablet or tablet case. The HOBKNOB attaches magnetically to the large ring socket. A simple tug removes the HOBKNOB. The HOBKNOB is both a handle AND a mini stand for your tablet. Great for traveling. Use it everywhere. The Large ring socket also magnetically connects to the STEELIE TABLE TOP STAND.
STEELIE HOBKNOBS come in a variety of colors. Beautifully machined 6061 aluminum topped by a genuine Made in China rubber bounce ball.
We know you are asking..."won't a magnet damage my tablet or phone?" The simple answer is NO.
"There's nothing magnetic in flash memory, so [a magnet] won't do anything,"-pc world
All of our products carry a 100% satisfaction or your money back guarantee.
"i've said it before...I LIKE STEELIE. Smart , simple, agile." - iPadCTO
"STEELIE mobile device holder is the ideal tool to help your favorite gadgets stay in place and enjoy hands free view..." - GIZMODIVA
"A novel stand for everywhere you go." - TUAW
"STEELIE is a stand that will give you a huge range of motion...you can move it around all you want to...this is awesome!." - 9 News KUSA TV/Denver.
"What a great idea and a killer solution!" -AmericasGotProducts.com
"There's even a version for cell smart phones that's great for the dashboard." - MAKE
"STEELIE manufactures nearly all of its parts by hand in Boulder, taking out the middle man and providing quality products to consumers directly." -COLORADO DAILY CAMERA BUSINESS PLUS
"...everyone needs THAT!" - Fox 31-KDVR TV Business Denver
"When I saw the STEELIE, I knew that it was the mount for me. I have a busy restaurant and on the busiest nights I'm "working the line". Its hot and noisy and an iPhone in my pocket is hard to hear. The only place I can put my phone is over the baine marie of warm sauces - not something I'd like my phone to fall into. But with my STEELIE, my phone is easy to mount in a difficult location, and easy access in the heat of battle, as it were. And I simply don't have to worry about whether or not its going to stay, or if I got the holder correctly. In my cars, the STEELIE makes me even happier - it has a tastefulness and simplicity that perfectly compliments the good looks of the iPhone or my iPad. There's no clips or holders showing - elegant. The same ease of use makes it perfect for the car. Easy to attach, easy to point just where you need it, and to move for a passenger to see, too. GREAT PRODUCT, GREAT SUPPORT, good people to work with. Plus, we all know, magnets are cool." - James Sly, SLY's Restaurant, Carpenteria California.
We've made a couple hundred STEELIE's, sold them around town and people think they are great. Not one complaint or return. We believe we have a good idea, but we need to know if we have a GREAT idea. KICKSTARTER funding will allow us to upgrade some of our older equipment and purchase a used laser engraver. We hope to ramp up production so there will be "No Tablet Left Behind". KICKSTARTER feedback will help us make our products better.
4 Guys, 4 Walls
The 4 guys that work inside the 4 walls of BlackGlass Design, LLC are out to prove that quality products can be "machine made by man" and shipped directly to the consumer. We make it, you buy it. No middleman, no going overseas to make our product. We design, manufacture, package, and ship from our shop in Boulder, Colorado, USA. We're making it, not faking it.
STEELIE was born when a friend asked Frank to make a handle for his new tablet. Frank designed a magnetic holding system (the Hobknob), which led him to design the STEELIE Table Top Stand, which then led him to design a smaller version that works with cell phones. The name STEELIE comes from the precision steel ball that we use in our design. Remember when you were a kid and having a STEELIE was the coolest marble in your collection? We do.
STEELIE uses American craftsmanship and the finest quality materials to create the world's finest mobile device holders.
- intergalactic space craft quality class 6061 aluminum.
- A grade 10 ultra smooth hard chrome steel ball.
- Rare-earth neodynium magnets made to our specifications.
- Nickel plated steel for corrosion protection.
- Laser etched markings.
- Type 2/Class 2 military spec anodized aluminum finish.
- The HOBKNOB uses a genuine made in China rubber bouncy ball.
- 3M high performance adhesives tapes
- industrial grade high friction silicone.
We currently source our magnets from Asia, however we are looking for a US manufacturer for supply. If you know of a US magnet source, please let us know!
We'll punch you...for FREE!
Do you want the STEELIE ring magnet to stick directly on the phone or tablet and come through a hole in your case? We have a fancy punch machine that will cut a perfect hole in any case so the magnet can pop through. Send us your case and we will punch yours for free and send it back to you same day, postage paid.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: will a magnet harm my tablet or phone? NO. Magnets have no effect on solid state electronics such as phones and tablets. STEELIE does use a strong magnet so use caution around magnetically sensitive items such as credit cards, pacemakers and hard drives. STEELIE assumes no liability for damage to such devices.
Q: How does the STEELIE magnet attach to my phone or tablet? A: STEELIE uses a high performance 3M adhesive to attach to your phone or tablet. While the adhesive is incredibly strong and durable, you can remove the magnet from your device by swabbing some rubbing alcohol between the device and the magnet, weakening the 3M adhesive bond. Slowly, the alcohol will dissolve the adhesion allowing you to remove the magnet. DO NOT REUSE the 3M adhesive. We will be happy to mail you a new one free of charge if you email us.
Q: What if i want to remove the dash ball from my car dash? Is it permanent?
A: NO. While the 3M adhesive is very strong, it can be pulled off of any dash without causing damage. Again, use a bit of rubbing alcohol to weaken the bond. A bit of silicone protectant (such a ArmorAll) will return your dash to original condition. DO NOT REUSE the 3M adhesive. We will be happy to mail you a new adhesive free of charge.
Q: what if I get a new phone or a new tablet? How would I transfer the STEELIE on my new device?
A: The STEELIE 3M adhesive is designed for one time use . We will gladly send you a new adhesive FREE OF CHARGE FOR LIFETIME of product. Just email us at answers@STEELIE.com and we will send you what you need.
Q: Why is international shipping $40.00?
A: Because we want to make sure you get your STEELIE. We offer USPS international Express shipping so we can track to your door. If we hit our funding, we will offer more affordable, but NOT TRACKABLE or guaranteed delivery, shipping.
Q: Does my mobile device slip or move on the mount?
A: STEELIE's design allows it to be positioned and hold to almost any viewing angle you desire. The TABLE TOP STAND holds your device at the angle you want. In your car, normal vehicle vibrations have no effect. If slippage occurs, simply wipe the steel ball with rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt or oils. Slippage will then stop.
Any other questions? Check us out at www.STEELIE.com...or email us at answers@STEELIE.com
We have the machines to make your STEELIE right here, right now. The sooner we hit our funding goal the sooner we can start making your STEELIE.
Machine Made by Man in Boulder, Colorado USA
We're working on some other crazy good ideas right now...check for updates at www.STEELIE.com
We want to make sure you receive your STEELIE. We now offer the option of USPS or Federal Express for all orders upon achieving funding goal. Backers can choose either Federal Express or the more affordable but not trackable USPS option. $40.00 is the highest amount a backer would pay for shipping.
How does the dash ball stick to my dash? Can it be removed? How does the magnet stick to phones and tablets?
STEELIE uses high performance 3M adhesives for the dash ball and the ring magnets to attach to devices. The bond is very durable and strong, but can be removed using a cotton swab, rubbing alcohol and PATIENCE. Applying rubbing alcohol between device and adhesive and SLOWLY the rubbing alcohol will weaken the bond allowing for safe removal. A silicone cleaner (armor all) will return dash to original condition. The adhesives are 1 TIME USE. We will gladly send you new adhesives for lifetime of product.
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