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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jan 13 2014

FuseCase for iPhone 5/5S - No More Bulky Car Mount!

A new kind of protective case that allows you to hang, mount and prop up your iPhone 5/5S.

FuseCase for iPhone 5/5S - No More Bulky Car Mount!

A new kind of protective case that allows you to hang, mount and prop up your iPhone 5/5S.

$2,486
pledged of $12,000pledged of $12,000 goal
24
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jan 13 2014

About

GPS-based navigational apps have become very reliable and increasing number of drivers are discovering the benefits of driving with these apps. However, holding your iPhone while driving can be very dangerous and many jurisdictions prohibit or strictly restrict mounting any device on the windshield. Also, many drivers avoid dashboard mounts because they are too bulky and the installation process for permanent dashboard mounts can be complicated.

By using the FuseCase, your iPhone 5/5S can be conveniently attached to the dashboard of your car for easy access and view.  As a matter of fact, FuseCase allows your iPhone 5/5S to be attached to almost any flat surface: 

FuseCase also features a 1/4-20 universal tripod mount thread for mounting your iPhone on to anything with a 1/4-20 screw, including bike mount, car mount, and tripod.  

FuseCase includes two connector rods that allow you to add and remove functional accessories on your protective case.  The multifunctional bottle opener that doubles as a kickstand is the first of such accessories that we have developed.

There are some design improvements that we will make to the bottle opener/kickstand for the final version to be shipped to our backers.

Our goal is to continue building accessories for the FuseCase.   We even hope to see third-party designers and manufactures build their own accessories that can be attached to the FuseCase using the connector rods that will provide innovative ways to help iPhone users. 

How FuseCase is Made

Each piece of the FuseCase components is individually fabricated out of solid steel block by using the finest multi-axis CNC machines in Silicon Valley, California. The connecting rods and all the hardware used are made of high-tensile steel to provide the ultimate strength and protection against environments. Their strict design and fabrication tolerance are less than few thousandth of an inch, which are the same level of precision used in the iPhone5/5S itself. 

We are providing backers with two material options, aluminum and stainless steel.  For aluminum FuseCase, there are three color options; original, red and black as outlined below: 

REWARD FOR BACKERS

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL (200)

ALUMINUM FuseCase

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL (200)

STAINLESS STEEL FuseCase (30)

FuseCase Design

The FuseCase design concept was first conceived around May 2013.  We wanted to build a high-quality iPhone case that does more than just provide the basic phone protection; we were set out to design an iPhone case that truly combines form and function. 

After going through numerous different design options, we came up with the new revolutionary case design that combines protective bumpers with stainless steel rods that provides a host of features to keep users hands-free and a platform for accessories to bring hardware functionality to the iPhone. 

FuseCase Prototypes

 FuseHanger Prototypes

Production Schedule & Delivery

COMPLETED

  • Initial Design Concept
  • Detail 3D CAD Design
  • Preliminary 3D Printer Sample
  • Machined Prototype Tested 
  • Final design updates

IN PROGRESS

December 2013

  • 2nd 3D printer prototype
  • Packaging design
  • Final FuseCase and FuseHanger design review and optimization (see below for the proposed final design)

January 2014

  • Test production and quality control
  • Packaging design
  • Plastic injection mold tooling for FuseHanger  
  • Final Tooling for CNC machine

February through April 2014

  • Production
  • Ship to Backers

Made in California USA

All technical aspects of the FuseCase, including those related to machining and manufacturing, will be handled in the United States of America.  However, some FuseCase accessories may be made outside of the United States.

Risks and challenges

A major risk to our project is our selected machine shop and component manufacturer getting back-logged as they also manufacture goods for several major American brands. In case of back-log, we have three other manufacturers that we will use but may incur additional costs. We are realistic and scheduled a sufficient lead time and are confident that we can delivery within the estimated delivery date.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ORIGINAL ALUMINUM - Help us get started! One Original ALUMINUM FuseCase with Multifunctional Bottle Opener and FuseHanger. Free shipping in USA.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ORIGINAL ALUMINUM BIKE MOUNT PACK - Help us get started! One Original ALUMINUM FuseCase with Multifunctional Bottle Opener, FuseHanger and Bike Mount Base with 1/4 Screw. Free shipping in USA

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL COLOR ALUMINUM - Help us get started! One Color Aluminum FuseCase (Red or Black) with Multifunctional Bottle Opener and FuseHanger. Free shipping in USA.

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    ORIGINAL ALUMINUM FUSECASE - One Original ALUMINUM FuseCase with Multifunctional Bottle Opener and FuseHanger. Free shipping in USA.

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    COLOR ALUMINUM FUSECASE - One Color Aluminum FuseCase (Red or Black) with Multifunctional Bottle Opener and FuseHanger. Free shipping in USA.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL COLOR ALUMINUM BIKE MOUNT PACK - Help us get started! One Color ALUMINUM FuseCase (Red or Black) with Multifunctional Bottle Opener, FuseHanger and Bike Mount Base with 1/4 Screw. Free shipping in USA

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    STAINLESS STEEL FUSECASE - One STAINLESS STEEL FuseCase with Multifunctional Bottle Opener, FuseHanger and Bike Mount Base with 1/4 Screw. Free shipping in USA.

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