About this project
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Grip+ for iPhone 5 & 5S – A versatile iPhone case for sporting enthusiasts
What is the Grip+
The Grip+ is a protective case for iPhone 5 & 5s with additional features for the sports enthusiast. The case is designed to be easily attached and detached with a single hand from several mount accessories designed for cyclists, walkers, joggers, runners and hikers.
Grip+ with bicycle mount bundle
The Grip+, when combined with the bicycle mount bundle, provides a convenient and secure way to utilize your iPhone while on the road.
• Single handed attachment and detachment make it possible to detach and use your phone for incoming calls without stopping. It also takes the hassle out of taking your iPhone with you in the first place.
• The mount is angled so the iPhone screen is viewable while riding. This makes changing songs in your music playlist, viewing data about your current ride with a sports app, reading incoming messages or even just checking the time as convenient as possible.
• The mount has been specially designed to provide a secure, tight fitting when attached.
• Securely transport the iPhone charging cable at the same time. When combined with a portable charger, can also be used to charge the iPhone while riding.
• We have tested the mount on harsh road conditions and the phone has never released itself from the mount. This is a major shortcoming of many similar products on the market, and has been central to our design from the very beginning. We are confident that our mounts will maintain grip of your phone during the harshest road conditions and crashes.
Grip+ with armband bundle
The Grip+, when combined with the armband mount, offers many conveniences for walkers, joggers, runners and hikers.
Single handed attachment and detachment from the armband make it easy to get at your phone while on the road.
The armband uses a Velcro fabric hook and loop fastener, making it suitable for all arm sizes.
The contact point between the phone mount and the body has been kept small for improved comfort.
The Grip+ has been in the making for over two years, since October 2011. It has been a passion project for us, the result of us scratching our own itch.
As sports enthusiasts ourselves, we had been using other products to take our phone on the road with us while cycling and running. They all had functional issues of some kind we felt needed improving, and most of all there was no integration between them. Moving from one sport to another often meant more than simply changing mounts-- we also had to switch the phone case each time.
We also take ascetics seriously. Most cases designed for use on sporting mounts are bulky and ugly. We knew we needed the Grip+ mount to be sleek and stylish, standing proudly among other iPhone cases designed for everyday use.
We'd also been using many specialised products while out exercising. Smart watches, GPS, pedometers and heart rate monitor displays all fall into this category. But it was expensive and inconvenient to need so many different tools for each sport.
The iPhone has software that can perform all those tasks and more, so we wanted to design a product that was as much about making it convenient to use the phone while on the run as it was about taking the phone with you.
The Grip+ that you see on Kickstarter today is the result of years of iterative development in which we built, tested and improved upon our design until we ended up with a truly great product that fulfils all the design requirements we set out to achieve.
Learning to attach and detach the phone to the bicycle mount or arm band only takes a few minutes to master. After that, you'll be using a single hand to easily attach and detach the phone while on the road.
Bicycle mount installation
The Grip+ bicycle mount installation is made simple by replacing stem bolts with our specially designed bolts for securing the mount on the bicycle stem.
The following video demonstrates how simple it is to attach the mount to the bike stem:
Where the funds will go
We already have the molding tool for the Grip+ case, Armband Mount and Bike Mount.
The funds raised on Kickstarter will be used get the assembly line setup for our first commercial run of the Grip+ in which we must meet minimum order requirements to make it financially viable.
How to back the Grip+
Backers of the Grip+ may choose from reward tiers that include a Grip+, Bike Bundle, Armband Bundle, or both bundles.
Each bundle includes a Grip+ case which comes in a choice of black, white or fluorescent orange.
About our team
Digirit is a two man team from Taiwan, founded in August 2011. Founded out of a shared interest in cycling, we are usually focused on creating simple designs to make our own cycling experiences even better.
Often, our community of cyclists will show great interest in our designs. When this happens, we feel encouraged to develop the product more fully by refining our design and dealing with any issues, until we are satisfied we have a great product to share back with the community.
Digirit is a passion company. We work on our projects part-time, outside our regular day jobs. Bringing products like the Beam+ and Jog Mount+ to market, both available for sale on our website, takes time, energy and money. It would never have been possible if not for the generous contributions of Kickstarters. We are so grateful to be a part of this community.
Making these products a reality has also required us to bring our skills and background knowledge into these projects. We have over 10 years experience in designing case enclosures and structural engineering of top branded consumer electronic products.
Sumchi Wu, co-funder executes manufacturing and operation
TJ Huang, co-funder, a designer.
Thanks again for your continued for support!
Risks and challenges
Already having the molding tools for the Grip+, Armband Mount and Bike Mount means we have already overcome the biggest risks involved in the project.
Moving forward after successful funding, the biggest challenge for the Grip+ and Digirit brand is breaking into the overseas market. We are actively seeking partners in countries outside our home market of Taiwan.
If successfully funded, we are confident that all backers will receive their Grip+ in June.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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