About this project
Hello! Thanks for checking out our Kickstarter campaign! With your help, we can bring the newest GoWorx® product to life. We did it last year with our best selling GoKnuckles, and we're excited to work with this community to do it again! Please enjoy, and help us share if you dig it.
We set out on a (product design) journey to change the way you mount and use your Smartphone to capture creatively. Today, we are ready to introduce you to FreeRide - a versatile and fully adjustable Smartphone Mount that enables you to simply and securely attach your Smartphone (with or without a case) to pretty much anything, anywhere! The FreeRide Smartphone Mount features both of the world's most popular camera mounting systems:
(1) You're free to directly connect your Smartphone to any mount or accessory designed for GoPro® HERO cameras, including existing GoWorx products!
FreeRide opens up a world of possibilities, whether you own a GoPro® HERO camera or not. We gave your Smartphone a secure connection to any mount that works with GoPro® HERO cameras. With thousands of different styles and purpose built mounts on the market, you've got creative control with your Smartphone. If you're already a GoPro enthusiast, now you've got another mountable camera to capture additional angles and take your film making to the next level! FreeRide also works great as a way to mount and control your phone when using the GoPro® App.
FreeRide is 100% compatible with all the existing mounts designed by us here at GoWorx. When hooked up with our GoKnuckles, you'll have an ultra-portable and super functional "handsfree" grip for your Smartphone! Paired with The Original Handle and GoPro's Handlebar mount, FreeRide allows you to use your Smartphone as a display to view and control the GoPro® App - so you can adjust settings, and frame your shots perfectly.
Leave your bulky DSLR camera at home. FreeRide lets you take the world's most popular camera (your Smartphone) and use it with traditional camera mounts and equipment like Tripods! Get ready to leverage your Smartphone's awesome camera features like Slow Motion and Time Lapse to their fullest extent.
This is our favorite part. We're finding exciting and unexpected applications for FreeRide every day! From simple solutions like mounting your Smartphone on your car dash - to the unexpected, like strapping your Smartphone to a 50mph RC car! We even sent our Smartphone to the skies on board a drone. We love the DIY (do-it-yourself) culture, which is why we love to design tools that empower you to be even more creative.
We designed FreeRide to ensure it'll stand up to your demands in any environment. The main body components are injection molded with a high-strength and impact resistant Polycarbonate. The hardware is precision machined from AISI 304 Stainless Steel and perfectly safe for use in fresh or salt water. The padding is a premium grade Urethane rubber with 100% recovery (will not deform) that securely and safely holds your Smartphone.
About GoKnuckles: Hit the streets, surf, and snow with the most awesome way to mount and use your GoPro® HERO camera and Smartphone! GoKnuckles are an incredibly functional and ultra-portable "handsfree" mount.
About The Original Handle: Leave your bulky camera gear at home and keep it simple with The Original Handle for your GoPro® HERO camera and Smartphone! Capture larger than life perspectives and stabilize your photos and videos with ease.
Here's a snapshot of our timeline! Once we know we're well on our way to our funding goal, we can expedite our tooling phase, and hopefully get your FreeRide Smartphone Mounts shipped early! We've built in some extra time for fine tuning the first production samples so we can make sure we've refined every possible detail.
Can my Smartphone take a FreeRide?
FreeRide fits all Smartphones (with or without a case) between 56.5-86.5mm wide. Check out the full list of compatible devices below.
- Apple: iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
- Google: Nexus 5, Nexus 6
- HTC: One (M7), One (M8), One (E8), One M9, One mini, One max, One remix
- LG: G2, G3™, G4™, Risio™, Tribute 2™, Volt 2™, G Stylo™, Leon™, Escape 2™, Lancet™, Logos™, G Flex™, G Flex2, Transpyre™, Access™, Ultimate 2™, Tribute™, Realm™, G Vista™, Volt™, Optimus, Optimus Fuel™, D820, Enact™, Lucid2, Spirit, Mach, Venice, Escape, Spectrum 2, Splendor, Intuition, Motion, Elite, Viper, Lucid, Nitro
- Motorola: Moto X, Moto G, Moto E, Droid Max, Droid Mini, Droid Turbo
- Nokia: Lumia 435, Lumia 520, Lumia 521, Lumia 530, Lumia 535, Lumia 630, Lumia 635, Lumia 640, Lumia 640 XL, Lumia 735, Lumia 830, Luma 925, Lumia 928, Lumia 1020, Lumia 1320, Lumia 1520, Lumia Icon
- Samsung: Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S5 Mini, Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 4,
- Sony: Xperia™ M4, Xperia™ Z3
Don't see your Smartphone listed? Sorry we missed you! Please send us a message or leave a note in the comments and we'll be happy to help.
We asked hundreds of photographers, cinematographers, and action-adventure enthusiasts about the cameras, mounts, and accessories in their bag(s). Here’s what we learned:
- The majority of GoPro® and DSLR camera users owned multiple camera mounts for different activities and shot requirements.
- Everyone's using their Smartphone to capture photos and video.
- Few had the tools necessary to securely attach their Smartphone to the mounts they already owned - but almost everyone wanted the ability to!
So, what if you could attach your Smartphone to pretty much anything, anywhere? Good question, right? We used our insights and questions as the basis of our design process. Realizing there's a camera mount designed for just about every purpose, we knew we had a compatibility issue. We quickly identified both of the world's most popular camera mounting systems - those designed for GoPro® HERO cameras, and those designed for traditional camera equipment like tripods. We researched, bought, and tested every product that had at least 1 similar function. What did we find? Too heavy, not secure enough, poorly designed, no versatility, etc. After 8 months, and 15 prototypes, we have developed a solution that meets the creative and performance demands of today's photographers, cinematographers, and action-adventure enthusiasts.
GoWorx is a team of designers, entrepreneurs, photographers, filmmakers, and action-adventure enthusiasts based in Asheville, North Carolina. We joined together to create performance and lifestyle products fused with innovation, simplicity, originality, and style. We design and manufacture mounts and accessories for GoPro HERO® cameras - and now Smartphones! Our products have been adopted by photo/video enthusiasts, action sports athletes, and adventurers throughout the world seeking to capture and share their experiences more creatively. If you share our passions for high-quality media content and extraordinary products – we invite you to join us.
Join our Community!
We're fortunate to have an incredible network of fans and brand ambassadors around the world creating epic media content. Check out a selection of our favorite photos above, and be sure to share your own photos and videos with us! We look forward to checking them out.
Have questions? We got you!
You can always reach us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can simply message us through Kickstarter.
No, seriously, thank you! To all our fans, friends, and family - we appreciate your support. Our team is looking forward to delivering an awesome product into your hands.
The End - So what? So Let's Dance!
Click here to download our Press Release and ALL our campaign images. We're excited about sharing FreeRide with the world! Please feel free to share our content and help us spread the word. Just be sure to include a link to our campaign/website. We even optimized our files for the web, so you don't have to! :)
Risks and challenges
We've spent the last 8 months developing, refining, and testing the design of the FreeRide Smartphone Mount to ensure we're launching a great product. Once we're well on our way towards our funding goal, we'll engage our manufacturer and material supplier(s) to begin tooling our molds and creating all of the various custom components involved.
That being said, product development is a complex process. Potential challenges could include slight tooling adjustments, delays in our supply chain, and/or international shipping. If challenges present themselves, we have a great team and network of resources to make sure this project flows as smoothly as possible!
We pledge to openly communicate with you through weekly project updates. When our campaign ends, we'll send out a survey to collect your shipping information, and color preferences where applicable.
International Customs Duties and Taxes:
The recipient may be charged all applicable duty, taxes, and/or brokerage fees C.O.D. in the local currency at the time of delivery. These are determined by your local government. Duties, taxes and/or Customs fees will be an additional amount that will be collected upon delivery of your order. All taxes, duties and customs fees are the responsibility of the customer.
GoWorx® is a registered trademark of Astro Worx Inc. GoWorx® is not affiliated with GoPro, Apple, Google, Samsung, Sony, Motorola, Nokia, LG, HTC, or any other manufacturer of cameras or Smartphones. GOPRO, HERO, and the GOPRO logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of GoPro, Inc. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Apple is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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