About this project
Thank you for checking out our project. Our guiding principle is to do more with less, and with this little guy we call the Orbit we believe we found the perfect harmony between form and functionality.
***A quick update on our adjusted retail pricing***
- We have been doing a lot of work on the development of the Orbit and it has shown that we were a little too optimistic with production costs due to the complexity of the injection molding required. We are now expecting the Orbit to retail around $30.00. Still a great price considering all that the Orbit does for you.
- This will not effect any of your pledges on Kickstarter. In fact, the $15.00 pledge is now 50% off the expected retail price. Get your Orbit now at this fixed Kickstarter special before it hits retail shelves.
***A RECENTLY ADDED COMPONENT: The following little double threaded 1/4"-20 adapter will allow you to mount your Orbit directly to a point and shoot camera. If you don't have a tripod, this gives you just a bit more flexibility. All $15 and over pledges get this free upgrade.
The Orbit is truly the simplest device allowing you to make the most of your cell phone, iPod (and soon the iPad as well!) by giving you the ability to securely mount your device practically anywhere, and leaving your hands free to be more productive.
What does the Orbit do?
It seemingly gives you a third hand. With two opposing suction cups swiveling around a simple ball-joint, the Orbit securely mounts any mobile device to practically any surface. Any surface? Well, almost. Included with the Orbit are clear repositionable polycarbonate discs that can be stuck on to most non glass-like surfaces giving you the capability to mount your device to a painted wall, wood surface, your dashboard or practically anywhere you can think of. You’ll find your favorite spot, and when you do, we’ve got you covered.
In addition, the Orbit has a removable suction cup. What lies underneath is a standard 1/4-20 threaded insert that allows you to mount the Orbit to any tripod giving you the flexibility of hands free video and photography, and the ball joint lets you dial in the perfect angle without having to fumble with the tripod adjustments.
You can even remove the remaining socket portion of the Orbit and you have a convenient little suction kickstand that positions your device in either portrait or landscape.
Is it really that handy?
We have tested a lot of phone mounts on the market and, to be honest, a few of them "work" pretty well, but if you want to take them out of your car to throw them in your purse or pocket, good luck. If you want them to hold another device your chances are dicey. We found most of them to be big, bulky and in many cases device specific. In our opinion you shouldn’t have to adapt to the limitations of a device. The genius of the Orbit is it’s so simple it adapts to you.
Why we need your help...
In order for us to develop the orbit, we need your support primarily for the hefty tooling investment involved to injection mold the polymer ball and sockets, as well as the custom designed suction cups. Aren't plastic parts inexpensive? Well each one of those little guys popped out of a steel tool costing thousands of dollars. Our Orbit is no different except that he is worth his weight in... well, truffles!
With your help we'll be on our way to giving you that third hand, and to us, that's priceless. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our project.
Jon Norton & Joe Molinari
Our testing has showed that the suction cups that are intended for the orbit will easily support any smartphone similar in size and weight to an iPhone. We will have more concrete answers to this soon.
Yes! They will be offered in multiple colors. We have six in mind and pink is one of them! But for the first production articles funded through Kickstarter, we will be offering them in an amber orange and a smoke grey.
We are including a set of four discs that can be attached to most surfaces that are non-glasslike. Surprisingly, many of our favorite spots weren't windshields and bathroom mirrors but happened to be kitchen cabinet doors, bed headboards, painted walls in the garage and various pieces of furniture. We all have our favorite spots and these discs won't leave any residue behind. The 3M adhesive is designed to lift off without any harm to your belongings.
The rotation of the orbit is what makes it so unique! Rarely, if ever are you plopped dead center in front of your phone. Whether your in the car, the bath, kitchen or on the couch, you will very quickly appreciate the fact that the Orbit easily adjusts to you. And spinning it around from portrait to landscape is indispensable with any smartphone out there.
As long as your phone has a smooth plastic or glass back like the iPhone, your set. If not, but is fairly flat, you may be able to apply one of our re-positionable adhesive discs to provide that smooth surface.
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