About this project
THANK YOU !
We want to give you our sincerest thank you for all of your support! Thank you for helping us to get Boomerang off the ground! It is difficult to express how much it means to us to have come this far ! We are grateful to all of you who have decided to join us on this exciting journey! This was our first Kickstarter project-but it will not be our last-it has been an incredible experience! We are over the moon!!!
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WHAT IS BOOMERANG?
(*fully compatible with iPad 2, 3rd & 4th gen. and Smart Cover)
Boomerang is the first ever all-in-one iPad mount and stand. When folded in half It looks a bit like a boomerang, so we called it… ‘Boomerang’ – we like to keep it simple! To our surprise, with all the iPad accessories out there, someone forgot to build an all-in-one product. Accessories already on the market offer protection against scratches and bumps, others enable different typing angles and some allow you to mount your iPad on the wall or in the car. At XVIDA we wanted a product combining all of these facets in a single device, so we made one ourselves. Our founder, Uros, dreamed up Boomerang when looking for an iPad solution he could use while running on the treadmill at his local gym – they don’t let you use Scotch Tape at his local gym. Being a stylish kinda guy, he wanted an iPad mount with a bit more funky design built-in. Uros teamed-up with Luka Stepan, a designer and Royal College of Art alumnae. They started with pencils on paper, and Boomerang’s design emerged. Along the line, more and more people became interested in the project and they were keen to participate with their skills and expertise. To make a long story short, after a lot of research and development, we have our final prototype! Which is where you come in…without your help it might stay ... well ... just a prototype.
Boomerang has been modeled as a stylish, lightweight, slim iPad stand, providing ergonomic typing and viewing angles. It also attaches with perfect ease to various mounting accessories via our amazing magnetic interface. Combined with Boomerang’s mounting accessories, an iPad becomes a hands-free personal entertainment device on a threadmill, or in a car; it’s your cooking assistant in the kitchen and your navigation device on the road or a boat. Boomerang is fully compatible with all versions of iPad (*except iPad1&iPad Mini). It is also blends perfectly with the iPad Smart Cover.
• Multi Mount
Multi-purpose mount. It serves as "wall mount", "magnet mount" or DIY mount. One side attaches to metalic surfaces magnetically with up to 10lbs pull force , to polished surfaces ( like glass & ceramic) via included super-strong adhesive tape and other surfaces via included screw. The other side serves as an atttachement point to the Boomerang
• Headrest Mount
The headrest mount is super easy to install via clips that attach to headrest support tubes. No tools, straps required. Boomerang attaches to headrest mount via magnetic interface, so you can install or remove your iPad with perfect ease. Once you have safely arrived to your destination, you can remove your iPad in just one quick move.
• Air-Vent Mount
The air-vent mount allows you to mount your iPad to a car air vent and use many features of your iPad- listen to music, latest traffic reports, use your iPad as a navigation system, etc. Air-vent mount will keep your iPad securely in place. It is easy and quick to install, does not require any tools or screws to install. *Fits most car air-vents. If unsure please choose suction-cup mount.
• Suction Cup Mount
Is a versatile mount, which allows you to mount your iPad on glass and other smooth, non-porous surfaces. The mount is perfectly adjustable and portable.
• Table Stand
A perfect companion for Macbook keyboard, the XVIDA table stand is made from high grade aluminium and lets you mount your iPad in portrait or landscape mode and offers perfect viewing angle. Combined with apps like Air Display, your iPad on Table Stand becomes a cool looking second monitor. The Boomerang attaches to the Table Stand via the same magnetic interface as it does to the other mounts. Here's another picture of the Table Stand without the Boomerang attached:
A little more ... About the project
The Boomerang has been so far funded entirely out of 2 main sources:
- the amazing selfless support of friends who are professionals (in fields of design, mechanics, video production, etc.) or other professionals we met along the way that simply believed this could be a big thing some day. Together we invested a total of about 3700 working hours (of 40 individuals) from the start till now. (many of them are in the team shot in the end of the video…and some couldn’t make it that day unfortunately :( )
- the rest was the founder’s more or less entire life’s savings + extra money from 2 friends and family who blindly believe in the product and the team
We are extremely happy to have come this far , however we are at the point where our belief alone cannot fund this project anymore. We have come to Kickstarter to prove to ourselves and convince others that this product really needs to exist. Of course, if we only reach the $40k goal , the earnings would cover only a fraction of the costs we already put it. But we have come far enough that we know the $40k will certainly cover the costs of fulfilling the rewards, it will boost our belief that we are doing the right thing and hopefully bring new investors in. We saw no reason of setting the goal higher and risking the project never getting funded at all. It would disappoint a lot of backers not to mention ourselves. … But luckily your support has been amazing so far an if we only continue at this pace we will exceed the goal more than two or three-fold…which is what we quietly hope for :)
Thank you so much for your support Kickstarter !
Uros ( FOUNDER )
CURRENT STATUS AND WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP?
We believe the main reason other companies haven’t yet offered the same product is essentially due to the technical challenges related to the design and manufacturing process. Boomerang is extremely slim and light; we spent over six months on development and research just to establish whether it is feasible to manufacture at a sustainable cost. We put the seed capital in, now we need to make it grow.
It took us an additional year of design and development work and considerable financial resources to move from theoretic solutions to the stage where we are able to start mass production. From computer simulations, testing with the help of the most advanced 3D printers in the world, to designing tools for mass production, we love the journey, but we're not there yet. We need to finish the tooling and make the first production run. To do this, we need your help! We need you to get the Boomerang flying. It's an everyday product with great market potential and a really inspired team. Be part of it.
Please join the growing group of supporters by backing the project. And please help us spread the word!
Risks and challenges
As far as the risks …we have already overcome the biggest one: feasibility.
Boomerang is extremely slim and light; we spent over six months in development and research just to establish whether it is feasible to manufacture it at a sustainable cost. So the only remaining risk is the project (not) getting funded. It would wipe away thousands of hours of work and dollars. It would really be a shame.
The rest are challanges..lots of them. Luckily, we like challenges... if we were afraid of them, we wouldn't be where we are. We are currently finishing the main injection mold tool which should be ready for a small production run by the end of Nov. We then need to fine tune the machinery and build a simple assembly line. We have partnered with an experienced plastics manufacturer, who was so excited about the idea that they decided to invest tons of their time, experience and resources to help develop the precision tooling needed for production of such a thin but sturdy product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The Boomerang has a "built in" future compatibility for slight changes. When a good part of the Boomerang development was already finished, the iPad 3 wasn't even announced yet. We expected the new version will be slightly different which is why we made the white corner pads you can see clearly in the video as a separate element. They are built from a different (softer) material than the rest of the Boomerang, which is why the Boomerang now works with iPad versions 2 - 4. For robustness purposes the white pads cannot be changed by the user , however if the version 5 of the iPad changes it's size ..becomes significantly thinner..or slightly changes proportions, we will be able to adapt to the changes very quickly and offer the existing owners the possiblity to get a new version of the Boomerang at about 25% Customer Loyalty discount.
As the Kickstarter does not give you the option to combine the rewards in the purchase process, the best way to do this is to enter the sum of rewards you wish to purchase, then select ANY reward level and proceed to payment. Kickstarter will send you a survey when the goal is met, asking you to specify the exact rewards you wish to receive, based on the total you pledged.
For example, if you wish to pay for 3 rewards at the same time, simply enter the combined total of all 3 rewards, then select ANY SINGLE reward level (never mind the number next to it is different), then continue to payment. THAT IS ALL !
Here are some examples of combined totals:
Boomerang+Multimount ($65) and Headrest Mount ($20) and 2x Multimount ($20) = $105
2x Boomerang+Multimount ($65) = $130
1x Boomerang+Multimount ($65) + Table Stand ($50) = $115
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