Thank you to every backer for making this project a success. We're so grateful.
Please keep in touch by contacting us using the details below:
G-Hold website - www.g-hold.com
Safetray website - www.safetrayproducts.com
G-Hold Facebook - www.facebook.com/grabyourghold
G-Hold Twitter - www.twitter.com/g_hold
The patent-pending G-Hold series will offer users unprecedented control over their beloved devices, making mobile computing truly mobile.
Users will find that fumbling with a tablet is a thing of the past, whether taking photos, watching films in bed, presenting to an audience, emailing on the move, or jumping around on a trampoline (as you do).
Our team have been hard at work designing a hand-hold that is small enough to fit on the back of an iPad mini, but large enough to offer the comfort and security required to easily hold the weight of the largest of tablets.
Who are we?
We've actually been holding hands since 2010. We first developed our hand-holding technology for the foodservice industry with our non-toppling tray, the Safetray: www.safetrayproducts.com
With all that knowledge of how people hold things, founder and inventor Alison Grieve couldn't bear to witness and experience the awkwardness of holding tablets and other portable devices. This is how the G-Hold was conceived. See more in the 'bio' section (top right).
What are we funding?
This Kickstarter (our first ever) has been set-up so that we can build a mould and then conduct our first production run. We like hand-making prototypes but we don't like it enough to make two thousand of them. We also need to pay for the first batch of Bohemia cases to be made.
So here are the four main rewards explained with images:
1) G-Hold Megastick (Rewards 1 & 2)
2) G-Hold Micro Suction (Rewards 3 & 4)
3) Leather Bohemia iPad mini Case with G-Hold (Rewards 5 & 6)
4) Leather Bohemia iPad Air Case with G-Hold (Rewards 7 & 8)
*A big thank you to Paul Banks for the photography, Niki King for the music and all those who took part in the video and photographs*
Manufacturing and Production Schedule
We now have an assortment of prototypes of the G-Hold which we have managed to shrink down to a size we are happy with. We will have an aluminium tool made in Scotland for our first production runs.
Scheduled completion of tool: mid-March 2014
The G-Holds will then be injection-moulded by McLaren Plastics in Loanhead, Edinburgh. Here's a photo from last year of one of their machines in action making Safetrays - the first project we worked with them on.
First production run to be completed by McLaren: late-March 2014
Meanwhile, over at Bohemia, the team will be working hard to complete their leather cases onsite at the tannery to complete the first batches of cases which will be sent over to Scotland for assembly.
Check out some of Bohemia's current work here:
Scheduled completion of cases: early-March 2014
Adhesives & Micro Suction
We have located suppliers and costs for all our material requirements and cutting tools to ensure a perfect fit against the G-Hold's back.
Scheduled arrival date: early-March 2014
Scheduled cutting and assembly: early-April 2014
Thank you to all of those who have read this far and special thanks to each and every backer. We look forward to holding your hand.
Risks and challenges
We have been manufacturing Safetrays for the past four years and have encountered various challenges and difficulties along the way. Whilst we will be working full-pelt to ensure we stick to our production schedules, we know that sometimes unforeseeable events can crop up to provide us with a fair few sleepless nights.
Here's what we do know:
1) We have been working with McLaren Plastics for many years and can be at their factory in half an hour if anything should crop up unexpectedly.
2) Bohemia are no strangers to leather goods. We received photographs of samples within 24 hours of us sending the design dimensions. These guys don't hang about.
3) We will definitely keep you up to date at every point of the production process.
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