The Veloflyte iPhone 4 or 5 Mount for Bicycles (Canceled)
An intelligently designed, robust, water & impact resistant Apple iPhone 4 or 5 mount for bicycle handlebars.
FORWARD VIEW CAMERA LENS
BACKUP BATTERY FOR GPS APPS
Hello Kickstarters. Welcome to my first Kickstarter item.
I am a cycling enthusiast and a dedicated designer. 4 years ago I started manufacturing a selection of carbon fiber bicycle components (www.veloflyte.com) with features that pleased many customers. A number of months ago I turned my attention to designing a high quality iPhone mount for bicycles. I have a mount that measures up to my own stringent needs, and now I'd like to offer this item to you.
First : Ideal Positioning of the iPhone
The Veloflyte mount positions your phone in a more user friendly forward oriented position.
The phone should not be positioned on top of the stem....as all the other mounts do. What this does is require you to take your eyes completely off the road ahead to look back and down at it. Instead we position it out in front of the handlebar. This lets you keep your peripheral vision partially on the road ahead allowing you to glance at it comfortably.
Second : Position Flexibility
The Veloflyte mount can be adjusted in two ways.
You can change the angle of the phone case at the pivots directly below and in the middle of the phone case. And you can rotate the clamps on the handlebar as well. High, Low; Flat, Angled back...it's all possible with the Veloflyte mount.
The Veloflyte mount fits 31.8mm (oversized) handlebars only. The clamps are 44mm apart from each other when mounted on a bar.
Third : Integrated Forward Facing Camera Lens (The Veloflyte mount can be purchased without the 90 degree lens if desired. See the pledge levels at the right of this page).
Your smart phone has a nice camera inside it. Why not use that camera to take pictures and video of your ride? The 90 degree front facing lens on the bottom of the Veloflyte mount enables you to do this.
You're smart, and I know you understand that this lens only views the road ahead when you leave your Veloflyte mount completely horizontal. You can purchase the Veloflyte mount without the lens if you desire.
Fourth : Indestructible and Extremely Water Resistant to protect your iPhone
The case and mount design offers a high degree of protection for your phone. Indestructable and Extremely Water Resistant, the polymer twist lock mechanism combined with the machined 6061 aluminum case provides the ultimate level of protection.
Fifth : Secondary Battery for GPS Apps
We thought that you might like to use one of the cycling apps on your smart phone. Those GPS enabled apps can drain your battery in a short period of time. The Veloflyte mount has a 1900mAh backup battery built into the case that greatly extends your phones battery life.
The Result of all this work :
The completed Veloflyte iPhone mount will cradle your phone in a robust, fully adjustable, backup battery enabled, beautifully machined and anodized aluminum case with added features that allow you to use your smartphone to it's full potential.
Thank you Douglas Dixon
Funding Goals :
In order to keep the cost of the Veloflyte iPhone mount to a minimum, it becomes necessary to purchase materials in bulk. Your pledge dollars will allow me to purchase all the materials necessary in larger quantities.
The two prototypes that are pictured above have been tested under normal road conditions. They are rigid, strong, and reliable. There are a few minor alterations that need to be made however... The clasp that keeps the cover closed needs to be refined, and the twist lock base in the pictures was machined from Delrin which is strong but brittle. It needs to be machined or injection molded from Polycarbonate or Nylon.
THE CNC MILLED RFID BADGE HOLDER :
I wanted to offer an item to those that support this project with a generous donation. The CNC Milled 6061 Aluminum & Laser Cut Acrylic RFID badge holder is just for you. Peculiarly enough, the slot for the lanyard is perfectly shaped to open a bottle of soda pop *. It could be used to open other types of beverage bottles as well. But I wouldn't know anything about that since it was just a silly mistake..(nudge nudge, wink wink).
If enough people request a color, I will have a custom batch anodized just for you. The holder comes with a Kickstarter green lanyard.
UPDATE 9/3/13 : Some people have expressed interest in the RFID badge alone. If the kickstarter project is unsuccessful, I would be happy to sell you a custom anodized RFID badge at a reduced price. Please contact me after the project if funding is unsuccessful. Thank you
( * The term "soda pop" is a generalized term meant to imply any beverage in a sealed glass container with a removable cap.) =)
Risks and challenges
At this point prototypes have been successfully fabricated and tested. The Veloflyte iPhone mount is extremely tough since it is machined from a single piece of 6061 anodized aluminum with an O-ring sealed locking cover. This provides protection against both water and dust under the harshest of outdoor conditions. There are a few minor alterations and upgrades that need to be done to the twist lock base and the clasp. But they are insignificant. The biggest potential challenge of this project would be to scale manufacturing above 1000 units. Some slight delay in delivery may occur at this level of fulfillment. Extensive advance planning with vendors has been done to minimize or eliminate this delay. Be aware however that there is considerable time invested in each item to ensure it performs as promised.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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