About this project
For more info about Keyprop, visit integrald.com
The world's simplest stand for hands-free photos and videos
There are many smartphone stands out there in the market, but you never have one on you when you need it!
Keyprop is always on you, and it's the perfect stand for any occasion. There's nothing to assemble, open, or stick on. For all smartphones, simply insert the prong into the headphone jack, and Keyprop rests against the front panel to prop up your phone. For iPhone5, the bottom prong can also fit right into the Lightning dock. Adjust the angle of the stand by propping the stand on your keys.
Keyprop fits virtually every smartphone.
Keyprop fits iPhone4/4s/5 in both directions, front and back. It also fits popular smartphones like Galaxy S III, Nexus 4, HTC One, and even some larger phones like the Galaxy Note. It fits most every phone we tested in the horizontal screen-watching orientation.
Also, it fits most cases, as long as they are not too bulky. It works with Apple bumpers, snap on cases, and any that are less than 1/2 inch total thickness.
Included: KeyCam, our self-timer camera app
We were inspired to create Keyprop because we wanted to be in our group photos, but didn't have a tripod that was easy to carry. Enter Keyprop; the best tripod or stand is the one you have with you!
So in addition to designing Keyprop, we're developing a self-timer camera app called KeyCam. It has a timer countdown and a Clap-to-Snap feature that starts the self-timer from far away. We will be including the app in all the reward levels. Currently it is only for iOS, and it's developed by our talented friend Dean Mao. Please see below for a video showing it in use.
Propping in reverse works well for iPhone4/4s/5. For phones that have a sloped back, like the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Keyprop does not prop up the phone in the reverse direction to use the back camera. (It is too sloped!)
Colors and Materials
Keyprop will made of durable polycarbonate and overmolded in a rubberized TPE. Polycarbonate is a really strong plastic, used in many applications like "bullet proof" glass. Rubberized TPE means that is has a grippy exterior so the Keyprop can be positioned on any surface. It will come in six colors: lime green, red, light blue, blue, grey, and black.
DO MORE with Keyprop!
There are so many things you can do with Keyprop, including:
Beg June - Kickstarter ends/receive funding
June-July- Production tooling started and finished
Mid July- Test tooling and first shots
Late July- Finalize and produce packaging
Aug- Assembly, fulfillment, and shipping
A wonderful review from Matt's Macintosh, one of our favorite gurus on video/media creation.
Keyprop is patent pending
Risks and challenges
We're manufacturing a tangible product, and have very competent manufacturing partners lined up who we've worked with in the past. This Kickstarter's main goal is to raise the funding to help pay for Keyprop's complex tooling.
Keyprop has two separate parts: a durable polycarbonate interior structure and a softer rubberized TPE exterior. It will be made with a manufacturing process called overmolding. Getting the right color, feel, and type will take a little finesse. Making the production tooling will take 30-40 days, and then there is tool testing, packaging production, assembly, and fulfillment. Hopefully our tooling will be right, but there is always a chance that there needs to be some slight modifications.
Fulfillment is always a hard task, but from our learnings from our past Kickstarter project, we are confident that all orders will be shipped to our deadlines. We have a partner lined up if we need to scale up to fulfill larger quantities. We have a star software developer who is a veteran of app development and software startups working on the included KeyCam app.
We have developed and manufactured many different products. Please see our website at www.integrald.com. We also had a successful Kickstarter project in the past where we manufactured and fulfilled everyone's orders successfully. Thanks again for your support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Keyprop will fit virtually _all_ smartphones. They all have headphone jacks all about the same place. We've tested the Keyprop and it fits:
iphone3,4,5. Samsung Galaxy S II, S3 and S4. And Galaxy Note and Note2. Lumia 920, 521, HTC One, 8X We're 99% sure it will fit your phone too!
Here are some pics of various phones with Keyprop! http://tmblr.co/ZMaS8sm8IeS2
We are still finishing up the iOS app and making it the best we can. So right now, we haven't had time to develop the Android app. Definitely in the future though, thanks!
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