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$1,686
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16
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, April 11 2014 7:52 AM UTC +00:00
$1,686
pledged of $160,000pledged of $160,000 goal
16
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, April 11 2014 7:52 AM UTC +00:00

About

Project Description

Introduction The tablet holder came about because when computer tablets were first introduced to the public, Steve Jacobson wanted to use his tablet in the car as a navigator – especially in rental cars.

At that time several manufacturers had really good navigation apps that would work on the tablets. Steve loaded the navigation apps onto his new tablet and then created a problem for himself!

Where could he mount the tablet so the driver could see it and the passenger did not have to hold it?

Steve being an engineer, researched all the available possible holders and combinations of them and nothing would work as he envisioned it – especially in a rental car. Thus the Hangatablet was born.

History

The first prototype was made from aluminum, brass and stainless steel.

Early Prototype
Early Prototype

We worked with it for a while to improve stability and adjustability, and then realized that in order to produce a very stable and reliable product, we had to use sophisticated solid modelling software and produce additional prototypes using 3D printing technology.

We purchased a small 3D printer (we actually purchased 2), but they would not consistently print the parts, nor was the material (PLA) acceptable for a working prototype. We sent both printers back. We then found a local vendor who had a 3D printer that used UV curable resin, but we found that this material softened when used on the dashboard in the Florida summer. Finally, we found a vendor who had several large commercial FDM printers, and printed the parts using black ABS.

When doing development using modeling and 3D printing, we didn’t recreate an entire prototype for each change. Instead, new parts were printed and fitted into the existing prototype, and the old parts were placed in a box. Here is a picture of the box of discarded parts. The white parts are from the printer that uses UV curable resin, the black parts are ABS from the FDM printer, and the blue part is from one of the desktop inexpensive printers.

Box of Parts
Box of Parts

The software we used in this project is the 3D Systems Geomagic Design software, and a screenshot of this follows.

3D Cad Screenshot
3D Cad Screenshot

Throughout this process, we spent considerable time getting a product that we were satisfied with. The products you see in the video are final 3D printed prototypes.

We did not want to launch the products until we knew that the patent we applied for had been granted. The big day finally arrived and we received a patent number, red ribbon, and gold seal!

So with patent in hand we launched our 2 products at CES2014 in Jan. 2014. The products are the Hangatablet and Hangaphone. Both are adjustable to fit a wide variety of tablets and smartphones, even when the devices are in their cases (such as the Otterbox cases). Your devices can be mounted in both portrait and landscape mode. The Hangatablet is built for larger and heavier devices, such as full-size tablets or even small ultramobile computers, and the Hangaphone is built for smaller, lighter devices such as mini-tablets and smartphones. Both use the same patented mechanism. The mounting mechanism is fully adjustable, and we haven’t found a car that it didn’t fit in. We took great pains to make sure the Hangaphone and Hangatablet didn’t slide around when you turned a corner, and the video that is included shows this.

We know you will love your Hangatablet and/or Hangaphone and that like us, you will realize that you don’t just want 1 but several! We even keep 1 in our suitcase.

We have been very fortunate because we have not had to live without these holders – we have been using the different editions of the Hangatablet for around 3 years. We would not have wanted to be without them! We depend on them and use them in so many different ways!

If you came to visit us here in Florida, we would love to demonstrate the Hangatablet in your car, or your rental car, or in our car. Once you see it in action, it will only make the wait to get one seem even longer!

Again, the major problem, and we knew this as we tried different ways of producing these products, is that the only way to manufacture them is using injection molding. We need several high quality steel molds and they will be made, like the products, in America. These molds are justifiably very expensive and it is these very large upfront costs that your pledge will help us cover.

Both of these holders are ready to go into production, and the manufacturer we have selected has the 3D model files, the 2D drawings, and assembly instructions.

By helping us reach our goal, you will have taken part in bringing to market holders that let you finally use your devices in so many new places. You will have helped revolutionize the way you can use your mobile devices!

And once this project is successfully underway Steve Jacobson will continue to focus on customizing tablet and phone holder solutions to unique situations – we were made aware of many of these needs at CES2014.

We Thank Each Of You so much for supporting this project! And we personally can not wait for you to have at least one of them! They are truly amazing!

Bio

Steve Jacobson, the inventor of the Hangatablet, has been in the engineering and information technology industry for over 40 years. He holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering, a Masters in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA. He is a Life Member of the IEEE. He holds patents in RADAR simulation as well as the Hangatablet. He has designed and developed technologies such as RADAR systems and simulators, air traffic control systems, large scale imaging systems, high-volume transactional systems, imbedded computer systems, and large networked information systems. He has a small information technology consulting business. He also is an amateur photographer and has personally created the video and many of the other photographs for Kickstarter.

Project Schedule

Project Schedule
Project Schedule

Risks and challenges

This project has already undergone multiple prototype steps to reduce the risk of unforeseen events occurring and the devices not operating as they should. The solid model files and other associated drawings are with the selected manufacturer. The other suppliers have been identified. Obviously, there could be unforeseen events that happen that would delay this project, but we have made every possible effort to keep this at a minimum.

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    One Hangaphone holder for phones and small tablets. Please see hangatablet.com for specific sizing information.

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Funding period

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