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$1,578
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Last updated July 8, 2015

Action Mount - "The Poor Man's GoPro"

A mount that works with any phone model, with or w/o case. Turn your phone into an action camera and use it with any GoPro style mount.

Action Mount - "The Poor Man's GoPro"

A mount that works with any phone model, with or w/o case. Turn your phone into an action camera and use it with any GoPro style mount.

$1,578
pledged of $3,000pledged of $3,000 goal
46
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, July 8 2015 2:03 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated July 8, 2015

About

 

Growing up, my family was relatively poor and we could not afford to have all the latest and greatest toys and gear. With this project, we set out to create an affordable mounting solution that would let anyone with a phone easily and conveniently record their lives without putting a major dent in their wallet. Kids and adults all around the world would love to own a GoPro camera, but the cost is simply too much for most of the population to afford. With this basic principle in mind, we developed the Action Mount -  "The Poor Man's GoPro". 

The Action Mount is a universal smartphone adapter that lets you turn your phone into an Action Camera by mounting it to any GoPro style mount. Most Action Cameras are expensive, annoying to carry around, and can be challenging to operate. Why not use the HD video recording device you already own? Your Smartphone has all the tools you need to Shoot, Edit, and Share your life as it happens. The ACTION MOUNT® is so simple and effective, you'll look for excuses to get outside and capture amazing footage.  

Maybe your kids love to ski but you can't afford to buy them an expensive action camera? Maybe you like to mountain bike and have always wanted some POV footage of your ride? Well here's your chance! The Action Mount is the most affordable and truly universal mount currently offered on the market. Our Smartphone adapter (Action Mount) is compatible with any GoPro style mount on the market.

The best thing about the smartphone is that it's almost always nearby, connected, and accessible. Everyone loves taking pictures and video, but not many have the proper tools to get the most out of their device and therefore the creative potential is often diminished. The Action Mount will allow people everywhere to harness the incredible power of their phone, through leveraging a mounting system that is actually universal, affordable, and easy-to-use. With a diversity of video editing apps, you can now create incredible clips and easily share them with family and friends in real time. Shoot. Edit. Share.

The Action Mount adapter is very easy to use; first attach the suction cups to the screen (1), then wrap the elastic grippy strap around the device (2). This Patent Pending two-part system provides an incredibly strong hold on any device. The volume buttons on the side of your phone allow you to initiate a video recording, eliminating the need to remove the phone from the mount in order to start/stop recording. You simply open up the camera to record, insert the device into the mount, then push the volume button to begin recording. It's that easy.

Sure there are some decent wearable systems on the market for $80-$140, but they are often Phone Specific (designed for only 1 model of phone). Our Mounts are priced at 20-25% of the cost when compared to the competition and they will work with your current phone, old phone, and future phone. (Please note, this mount does not work with flip phones or Blackberry phone models) 

The Action Mount adapter also works with protective cases and basic waterproof cases. You can easily protect your device to ensure it stays safe while capturing immersive footage of your adventures.

The adapter also doubles as a static mount which can be attached to glass surfaces. This configuration allows you to take pictures from windows, mirrors, or car panels with cooperation of a blue-tooth shutter remote, or camera timer app. The static mount configuration is also perfect for video recording, or time lapse photography. The no-slip silicon elastic strap keeps a tight hold on your device.

At this point many people will stop and ask "How strong is this mount, and can I really expect it to hold my phone while I'm doing crazy tricks?" To put your mind at ease we put it through a strength test to show just how well our mounting system works. Take a peek at the demonstration video below where we suspended more than 40 lbs. from a phone while it's held in the Action Mount. This strength test demonstrates the effectiveness of this unique mounting system's ability to hold your phone very tightly, minimizing the possibility that the phone will come out of the mount.  

You're probably wondering how our features and prices stack up to the competition? People may compare this product to GoPro, but let's face it, they're in a different league. We identified the three most popular wearable solutions for a smartphone currently offered in the market and created comparison chart with the essential features. Here's what we found assuming we purchased the Chest Harness and necessary components from the competition:

As many people realize, the average ownership lifecycle of a smartphone isn't exactly increasing. Consumers are upgrading to new models almost every year or two, which can make buying accessories expensive. This trend makes universal accessories much more attractive due to the increased value to the consumer. Why spend big money on non-universal accessories that you can only use for 12 months or less? Based on our Comparative Analysis we believe that the Action Mount certainly offers the best value when compared to more expensive alternatives. Now people everywhere can create GoPro style footage with their phone for a reasonable price

Smartphone technology is advancing at a rapid pace, and will continue to evolve in coming years. We have identified some market trends and specific technological advances coming down the pipeline that will only further enhance the capability of your smartphone for use as a camcorder, or action camera. These include:

  • Battery life is being extended, expected to double in the next couple years. Rapid recharging seems inevitable - (Nucleus Scientific). 
  • Most popular smartphone models are expected to be fully waterproof by the end of 2016.
  • Increased Storage Capacity - 128GB expected for most devices
  • New Video Apps offer incredible stabilization software for phone recordings - (i.e. Hyperlapse).
  • Social media is trending towards video sharing  (Vine, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Meerkat, Twitter, Periscope).
  • New Automated video editing apps enhance user experience, allow people to easily create amazing video montages on their phone in seconds and share in real time (Real Networks).
  • Lives Streaming will become mainstream. Users will need affordable mounting systems to allow them to use their phone to livestream events, adventures, and activities.

As if there aren't already enough reasons to use your phone as your sole recording device, there will soon be more.

For rewards, we've bundled the Action Mount adapter with our most popular mounts. If you already own a bunch of GoPro mounts, then you may only need a few adapters to get your phone in the game. If not, then pick your favorite mount, or combination of mounts that you would most likely use. 

Here's the lineup of mounts we have to offer you in return for your pledge:  
  •  Action Mount Adapter - Includes Screw 
  •  Chest Mount - Includes Action Mount adapter, J-Hook, Screw,  Tightening Wrench. Also  offering Jr. Chest Mount - ages 3-12. 
  •  Action Mount Pole- Includes Action Mount adapter, 40" Black  Monopod,  Screw, Tightening  Wrench. 
  •  Head Mount - Includes Action Mount adapter, Screw, Tightening      Wrench, & Storage  Pouch. 
  •  Jaws Clamp + Gooseneck - Includes Action Mount adapter,  Screw, Tightening Wrench.

My name is August Johnson. I'm an artist, and product designer from Boise, Idaho. I set out to design this mount because I wanted an easy convenient way to use my smartphone to record action videos. With advances in phone technology, and continued enhancements in video quality, I firmly believe the future of videography is in our pockets. I wasn't able to afford expensive gear as a kid, so I set out to create a wearable action camera system that kids everywhere could afford to purchase with their weekly allowance.  

As an artist with focus on Contemporary furniture and metal sculpture, I have some experience in engineering and design. I have recently turned my design focus to consumer products, spending the last 2 years designing smartphone and tablet accessories. The Action Mount is my latest creation that I want to share with the world.  

We would like to bring the Action Mount experience to as many people as possible and for that to happen we need your support. We have the mold set up, manufacturing all ready to go and the provisional patents in place. Now we're ready to bring these products to the masses. We currently offer more than 10 different mounting options, so it's very challenging to buy and hold significant inventory. If we can purchase the components in higher quantities, we can then pass on the savings to the campaign supporters and future customers. The funds we raise from this campaign will be used to purchase inventory from our manufacturers. 

With your support we can take the next step together in making it easy for anyone with a phone to capture their moments in life that matter most. We would be extremely happy if you join us on this journey.

Once we meet our funding goal, we'll be able to place the orders for inventory, then we plan to deliver the rewards to contributors within 3 weeks of the completion of this campaign. This means you'll have your new gear delivered in July. We are working with a local refugee group in Boise to assist with assembly, packaging, and shipping if we experience a high level of orders for these products. Our long term goal is to be able to offer more employment opportunities to this very skilled refugee workforce within our local community. 

To make this as successful as possible in both feedback and sales, we need your help. Whether it’s purchasing a product, sharing it on social media or just telling a friend about it, your support is much needed and we truly appreciate the love.

Risks and challenges

We have worked extremely hard to prepare this product for Kickstarter along with full-scale manufacturing and fulfillment, but here are what we see as the risks:

SOURCING: With the mold in place and ready to go, there are some risks that our suppliers of the other components will potentially suffer from delays. To minimize that possibility we've selected a back-up manufacturing partner with a track record for prompt delivery, and consistent quality.

MANUFACTURING: Sometimes things go wrong that can’t be planned for: a supplier misses a deadline, a machine breaks down, or a shipment gets lost. Those things could cause a delay. To minimize the possibility of manufacturing setbacks we will begin manufacturing new inventory as soon as we meet our campaign goal, which should allow us to get a jump start on product assembly and fulfillment. We do have a small amount of inventory on hand as well, so we'll have an additional head-start on getting the finished products sent out as soon as the campaign ends.

We will be working with manufacturers who have years of experience delivering these types of products in very high quantities. Any obstacle will be addressed by combining our internal knowledge with external expertise, and an overall goal of delivering the best possible product for our customers.

FULFILLMENT: With only a small team, we could face small delays if there are a significant number of orders from supporters. Assembly and shipping can take some serious time with high volume, so under these circumstances we would coordinate assistance from a local refugee group in Boise to help with assembly, packaging, and shipping. This is an experienced workforce that will allow us expedite the fulfillment process to ensure you get your order on time.

Please help us spread the word about our campaign by sharing it on Social Media channels, and telling your friends. Every pledge helps and there is no amount too small.

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    "EARLY BIRD"

    ACTION MOUNT ADAPTER

    Receive one smartphone mount - which is compatible with any GoPro style mount that you may already own. (screw included)

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    ACTION MOUNT ADAPTER

    Receive one smartphone mount - which is compatible with any GoPro style mount that you may already own. (screw included)

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    HEAD MOUNT

    Receive the Head Strap plus the Action Mount Adapter, thumbscrew & tightening wrench.

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    ACTION STICK - MONOPOD

    Receive the 40" Monopod plus the Action Mount Adapter, thumbscrew & tightening wrench.

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    CHEST HARNESS

    Receive the Adult Chesty plus the Action Mount Adapter, thumbscrew & tightening wrench.

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    CHEST HARNESS - JUNIOR

    Receive the Jr. Chesty plus the Action Mount Adapter, thumbscrew & tightening wrench.

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    JAWS CLAMP + GOOSENECK

    Receive the Jaws Clamp w/Gooseneck plus the Action Mount Adapter, thumbscrew & tightening wrench.

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    "EARLY BIRD"

    HEAD MOUNT & CHEST HARNESS COMBO SET

    Receive the Head Strap & Chest Harness plus 2 Action Mount Adapters, 2 thumbscrews & tightening wrenches.

    *see bottom of the Kickstarter page for pictures.

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    HEAD MOUNT & CHEST MOUNT COMBO SET

    Receive the Head Strap & Chest Harness plus 2 Action Mount Adapters, 2 thumbscrews & tightening wrenches.

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    ACTION MOUNT BUNDLED SET

    Receive the Head Strap, Chest Harness, Monopod, Jaws Clamp w/Gooseneck plus 4 Action Mount Adapters, 4 thumbscrews, & tightening wrenches, plus black organizing case to keep everything together.

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    ACTION MOUNT BUNDLED SET

    Receive the Head Strap, Chest Harness, Monopod, Jaws Clamp w/Gooseneck plus 4 Action Mount Adapters, 4 thumbscrews, & tightening wrenches, plus black organizing case to keep everything together.

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