A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
We are here because we recognized a need years ago to create a better experience with our phones and tablets. We believe our devices should integrate more comfortably into our life so that our experience is easier, more efficient, and better ergonomically. We have now created that experience.
We call it #MobileFlow.
MobileFlow is when your device works seamlessly with all the ways you use it. It's comfortable to hold vertically or horizontally without fear of dropping, connects effortlessly in your car, motorcycle, or on your bike, easily attaches to a stand when you're reading a recipe, or a tripod when you're filming. All the ways you use your mobile device integrated into a single system that is sleek, unobtrusive, and fully integrated.
This is the dream we have built.
Why are we here again? We need your help. All the investment and time we have crafted has brought the vision forward. The next steps require greater expenses to bring you the #MobileFlow experience. We need your help to make amano v2 and #MobileFlow a reality for you. We have it, and absolutely love it. Now we want to bring amano v2 to you. To your daily life. To ease your mobile anxiety. To bring you better ergonomics. To enable a truly integrated daily experience.
Amano v2 and #MobileFlow. Your style, your phone, with or without a case. Your way.
It starts with Amano v2, stronger, offered in colors, and most important are the accessories that allow you to actualize #MobileFlow! The new mounts and stand allow an easy, integrated experience throughout all areas of your life with amano and your mobile.
A huge thank you to all our first round Kickstarter backers who supported us with our first campaign. Also thank you to all the buyers, supporters, and followers of bullz-I and amano. It is because of you we are here today. With your support we have listened, refined, and expanded our product line to now offer you amano version 2!
The full amano ecosystem actualizes #MobileFlow.
What does this mean? #MobileFlow happens when you can easily slide your phone in and out of your pocket or bag. The secure centered finger grip is a known comfort and security grip only offered in amano. With just one hand, you flip it over and the ring opens onto your finger effortlessly. Its use becomes the most efficient experience possible. So unique is our design that we have full utility and multiple design patents!
We listened to amano v1 backers, users, and supporters. We strengthened the hinge and changed some manufacturing processes to virtually eliminate potential failures. We listened to you and now we offer amano v2 in six stylish colors to accent your style with or without a case. Black, Blue, Red, Gold, Rose Gold, and Silver anodized all aluminum options give you complimentary style for your taste.
That’s all good, but really? Just another amano? Not quite. Not in the least.
The simplest new accessory is our universal mounting hook. This is designed to work vertically and horizontally, and look as good as possible. Now hang your amano equipped phone anywhere. Hang it next to your work space, off a bookshelf, in the kitchen, by your bed, in the garage. Every amano reward comes with one amano and one universal hook mount.
But what about my car? My work? My bike? All the other areas of my life I want to hang, hook, or use my phone? No problem! We have been developing our mount system to bring you #MobileFlow across all use cases.
#MobileFlow gets actualized with the universal mount head unit seen here. This is the core of our mount accessories and offers:
-Adhesive attached adjustable car mount with locking action
-Tripod mount 1/4 20 attachment
-Mount slot for removable attachment anywhere
All in one simple mount!
This core mount now gives one handed operation, easy one motion car mounting. It has a small form factor and is as unobtrusive and secure as possible in your car. If you want a more secure connection, simply rotate the locking top knob 180 degrees and your phone is super secure! Crazy 4x4 offroad adventure, no problem!
This same mount works on all your existing tripod mounts, and anything with a camera mount in standard 1/4 20 bolt attachment. The head angle is adjustable in a 105 degree range of motion. Simply twist the base to loosen, adjust, and twist tighten.
Now your amano v2 attaches anywhere you put the mount. Any device. Yours, your friends, significant other, kids, family, and any device with an amano, even v1! No more investing in multiple different mounts for all your different devices. No more junk being thrown out with new devices in the future.
One mount with universal application for any device with an amano.
That is not all!
The same mount head unit comes on our amano stand for wherever you need a stand. Cooking with a recipe? Mount it and keep it safe above your prep area. Watch a video while cooking.
We designed this as a universal size that works with any size phone. It works great with small tablets, and even with full and extra large tablets! Now you can experience a truly easy, comfortable, and stylish experience with your phone throughout the day. One handed easy use. One handed easy mounting. Locking, solid protection when mounted. One handed easy removal.
This is #MobileFlow. The feeling you get knowing you are comfortably and securely connected to your communication hub.
What is different in version 2? We added some material around the middle ring and hinge area to make the hinge area even stronger. No more hyperextension issues. We also changed the internal hinge pin to make amano v2 super solid out of the box and down the road.
We need your help! We have proven we can deliver. We have designed a version 1 amano that people love. We have listened. We need your help to bring you amano version 2 and the full amano ecosystem that enables #MobileFlow.
Amano v2 and #MobileFlow. Your style, your phone, with or without a case. Your way.
Risks and challenges
Amano v1 was our first step to bring you a better mobile experience. We have found that our supporters, buyers, backers, believers, have loved amano. We also listened to all of you. Your positives. Your criticisms. Your suggestions. We have responded and made amano v2 better in every way possible. We have expanded our offerings to show our vision and integration. All of this has come together to get us here, and now we need your help.
Our challenge is to not only bring you a better amano, but to bring you the vision that we started four years ago. The vision of a better daily experience. The vision of a better way. The vision of #MobileFlow. Amano v2 and accessories brings this vision to life. Not just in your hand but on your desk, counter, car, bicycle, motorcycle, baby stroller, everywhere!
Amano v2 is ready. The universal hook mount is ready. Those go into production immediately after campaign success here on Kickstarter. Our factory is ready. Yet, we still need your support to cover the costs.
Then we can create the molds for the mounts. We have two basic rewards. One is inclusive with an amano and universal hook mount. The other is the amano universal mount and the amano stand. These require expensive molds. The molds will be started once we have a successful campaign and delivered asap. This will take longer than the amano v2 and universal hook mount and will be completed asap with updates along the way, expected delivery in October.
You can of course still purchase amano v1 on our site, bullz-i.com, amazon, or thegrommet.com. This is the fastest way to start your #MobileFlow experience.
We have expanded the amano universe to bring you the vision of #MobileFlow. We have more accessories and integration planned. We have been hard at work bringing as much of our vision to life as possible. We need your help to give you this integrated experience. We need your help so you can have the incredible ease of use, comfort, and security across all use cases of your mobile device. We have challenged ourselves to bring you the highest quality efficient experience possible with your phone or tablet.
There are other solutions, yes. Some we love for the excellent design actualized by asking different questions such as “how can we mass produce something as cheaply as possible to help hold your phone?” These competitors are obvious. We asked different questions. We challenged ourselves with a better solution. We asked,
“How can we make something with the highest quality, best experience, most security and comfort possible?” Amano v1 was the start. Amano v2 is this question actualized. Our vision from inception four years ago now has physical form. You too can experience #MobileFlow with amano v2 and all the accessories.
You bought an amazing phone, why not get an amazing experience?