wobL - iPhone Stand and Alarm Clock App
wobL - iPhone Stand and Alarm Clock App
wobL is a simple stand and app that work together to turn your iPhone into a wobble-to-snooze alarm clock. MADE IN THE USA.
wobL is a simple stand and app that work together to turn your iPhone into a wobble-to-snooze alarm clock. MADE IN THE USA. Read more
About this project
Do you have a hard time finding the snooze button on your smartphone's alarm clock?
WE HAVE A SOLUTION FOR THAT…
Born from our frustration with trying to activate the snooze feature on smartphones, we created wobL to allow you to activate your alarm snooze with a simple tap to your phone or stand. With wobL, you'll no longer knock your phone off the bedside table or accidentally turn your alarm off looking for an old fashioned snooze button.
From day one we wanted wobL to work with as many models of iPhones as possible, with or without a case. Ultimately, we were successful in achieving a design that is extremely versatile in fit, while maintaining a clean and simple style.
We are proud to say wobL will fit all iPhones and iPod Touches, with or without a case. Also, because wobL can flex to fit a variety of phone sizes, it will remain useful much longer than most single model phone stands.
The wobL stand was designed specifically to let you get the most out of the companion app. The wobL stand has a flexible rubberized design that securely holds all iPhones and iPod Touch products with or without cases at an optimal bedside viewing angle. Its curved bottom and stainless steel counterweight ensures it stays safely on the bedside table during use, while the integrated cord clip keeps power for your phone right where you need it.
Out of respect for our environment, Third Prime Studio has made a concerted effort to produce the wobL stand in the USA from recyclable material.
The stand is compatible with:
All iPhone devices, with and without cases.
All iPod Touch devices, with and without cases.
Many Android phones, though the app is iOS only at the moment.
We designed the wobL alarm clock app specifically to let you get the most out of the wobL stand. wobL features a clean, simple user interface in order to ensure an effortless alarm clock experience.
Adjust the screen brightness to your preference and choose from five cheery songs to help you start your day. 30 minutes prior to wakeup, the sun starts to rise in the background - a visual cue for groggy eyes. A simple tap to the phone or stand will make the sun "set" and snooze the alarm.
The sun will re-rise over the next 10 minutes and the alarm will repeat. Snooze as many times as you want - no one is keeping count.
When it’s time to wake-up, a simple swipe upwards and presshold of the sun will disable the alarm. Unlike other alarm clock apps, wobL’s two-stage alarm termination process ensures you won’t accidentally turn off your alarm when you just want to snooze.
We've also been busy implementing changes to the app based on extensive testing, early user feedback, and requests. Now is your chance to help us build the alarm clock app of your dreams!
Currently, the wobL iOS7 app is available for free download at the iTunes store.
The app is compatible with:
All iPhones and iPod Touch devices that run iOS7.
We are considering porting the app to Android, depending on demand - let us know!
What are People Saying?
wobL "...does make it easier to hit snooze instead of accidentally turning off an alarm altogether..."
wobL will be made in the U.S.A. This was a very important and very intentional decision. By choosing to manufacture in the U.S., we’ve eliminated the majority of the embedded carbon emissions that would have otherwise been associated with producing wobL overseas. While we will pay a premium for a US-made mold, we (and therefore you) will be saving on our per-part pricing and transportation costs. The body of wobL will be injection molded using Santoprene, a durable yet recyclable material. A solid 6oz bar of corrosive resistant stainless steel will be machine press-fit together with the body of wobL to avoid any use of adhesives.
Using Shapeways.com, we have prototyped wobL extensively with the latest in 3D printing materials. We have been able to test and re-test slight variations in wobL's complex geometry - resulting in a design this is now ready for mass production.
Last but not least, Third Prime would like to thank: Zach Jones and the KYDJ crew, Fritz Jünker, Chris Grasso, Nati Suchy, Shapeways.com, the guys at Bucket and all those who have supported or put-up with us along the way - you know who you are.
Risks and challenges
We have completed the prototype and proof of concept phases for all of the wobL stand components with extensive testing, and feel confident in our ability to overcome any obstacle that may arise. The molded-in logo detail of the stand will need further analysis given the tooling quote currently provided. We are prepared to eliminate the wobL logo detail on the front face of the wobL stand if it proves to be cost prohibitive to include. We have detailed quotes and fulfillment lead time estimates from all suppliers for order quantities of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000 units. If the designs change during the final design phase, the production costs will also change. However, the proof of concept phase has shown that final design changes will be minor. Due to the molding process most likely to be used, some manufacturing artifacts may be visible in the final production parts that are not currently visible in the prototypes made to this point. Because of the 30-day length of this campaign, certain parameters out of our control could change, including:
- The price of steel for tooling and wobL’s stainless steel counterweight could change.
- The supplier could take on new business which could delay scheduled production.
We are prepared to make wobL’s counter-weight from a less expensive grade of steel if the cost increases to a prohibitive level before production begins.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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