What Is The Handleband
Our phones help us navigate and train. They're our cameras, our lights, and our emergency link home. So why don't we use them with our bikes?
The Handleband is a simple tool that uses the untapped power of our smartphones. It is an elegant and universal means of uniting your smartphone with your bicycle.
The Handleband was designed to be wonderfully simple and incredibly robust. It is made from high-strength silicone and reinforced with a 7075 Aluminum spline. It wraps once around a bike's handlebars, then again around a smartphone to create a tremendously secure connection. The wrap-around tail is reinforced with 40% more material in at the points where it hooks to the aluminum spline. It is also rated for 70% more elongation than the Handleband requires. It is designed to last.
Thanks to the natural flexibility of the silicone bands, this double-wrap system enables the Handleband to work effectively with any smartphone, any case, and any bicycle. It can also be used with other devices, like flashlights and pumps, and can be mounted to other tubes - like your stem and seat post.
If you want to attach your band to your bars permanently, just slip a zip tie through the two slots on the front of the Handelband. They're inset perfectly to create a smooth surface for your smartphone. If you own a thicker case, use the extended slot to increase the length of the tail. The device is completely adaptable.
Oh, and it's also a bottle opener.
The Handleband may be a beautifully simple product, but the processes that make it are much more complex. We'll be using two primary manufacturing methods - compression molding to produce the silicone body and aluminum extrusion to create the inserts. Each of these processes cost several thousand dollars for tooling alone. Kickstarter will enable us to cover the fixed costs needed to make this a reality.
How You Can Help
First, we need to raise enough funds to make this happen. If you would like a Handleband or have a friend that might like one, please back us!
Second, we need help getting the word out. If there are blogs that you frequent of friends you know that would like the project please pass the campaign (http://kck.st/12hOqUk) along to them. Emails, tweets, facebook posts. It all helps!
The Design Process
For images about how the Handleband was made, or to see earlier prototypes, click here.
The Handleband is not my first Kickstarter campaign, so I know what it takes to make these projects succeed. Launching the WINGStand on Kickstarter in 2011 taught me what it takes to design a product, launch it, and most importantly fulfill that product to backers. To learn about the previous product, visit www.wingstand.com.
What else could you call it (a.k.a. keywords to find the campaign): bike phone holder, phone carrier, bike mount for smartphones, handle band, handle, phone mount, creativity, ingenuity, success!
Risks and challenges
Learning from previous projects, I know what it takes to make a product like this. Tooling, production, and fulfillment are all lined up, so now we only need deposits in order to start manufacturing. That said, things dont always go as expected, and delays sometimes occur. For this reason, we've built in a buffer period into our delivery expectations. More importantly, we've created a very clear schedule so if things do pop up, you'll be the first to know. We're all in this together. I want to make sure you're well informed as things progress.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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