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Scott McIntoshBy Scott McIntosh
First created
Scott McIntoshBy Scott McIntosh
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$2,546
pledged of $20,000pledged of $20,000 goal
87
backers
11days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, March 31 2019 11:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

THE STORY

My name is Scott and I've been searching for a better cell phone holder to use while driving. In the past I would jump in my truck and toss my cell phone in the cup holder, which I'm learning many people do as well.  Once in there, it would flop around as I drove making it difficult to use for directions or to change music, and it prevented me from using the cup holder for my coffee or water. Sometimes I would have liquid in the cup holder from a past drink, and my phone would get wet.

Then this past October I had an idea. I remember it hit me like a lightning bolt as I was driving. I had been trying to adjust my cell phone in the cup holder so I could see the map to where I was going when the idea for a better cell phone holder just popped in my head. 

A cell phone holder that...

1. Fit any car

2. Fit any phone

3. Allowed the phone to be easily placed in and removed from the holder

4. Fit in the cup holder but still allowed me to use the cup holder

 A cell phone holder that...

1. Blocked my air vent

2. Made me remove my phone case (to install any type of magnet or sticky pad)

3. Attached something on my dashboard that would be difficult to remove or cause damage to the interior if I tried to move it

4. Had multiple parts and gadgets


I couldn't find anything...

So I decided to make my own. After creating some simple designs (using PAINT) and searching UpWork for an expert who could turn my designs into a printable 3D file, I found an AWESOME and TALENTED individual named Justin. Here are the original drawings I sent to Justin to explain the concept.
 

Original Drawings Sent to Justin
Original Drawings Sent to Justin

Upon receiving the files, Justin began creating the first CELL PHONE SEAT concept. We went back and forth for months continually tweaking the design, especially the measurements. I wanted to make sure this cell phone holder could fit in any car securely and hold any phone. I measured every cup holder in every car (and golf cart) that I could gain access to and reviewed all the phones I could find (including going to the Verizon store to measure the newest models). 

Once we finalized the first version of the design, we had it 3D printed and started testing. The first one was unexpectedly GIGANTIC, but I loved it! I used it constantly in my truck and showed it off to anyone that would take a look. Here are a few of the early versions (the original giant is on the left). 

Early CELL PHONE SEATS
Early CELL PHONE SEATS

Justin and I continued to work to improve and perfect the prototype.

Adjusting the Phone Seat
Adjusting the Phone Seat
3D Model of Early Version - Two Pieces Connected with Small Screws
3D Model of Early Version - Two Pieces Connected with Small Screws
Getting Closer!
Getting Closer!
Adjusting the Base (thicker for more stability and tapered for more room in cup holder)
Adjusting the Base (thicker for more stability and tapered for more room in cup holder)
Early Version Used for Testing
Early Version Used for Testing

We kept running into an issue with some newer cars having spring loaded tabs inside their cup holders that pushed the Cell Phone Seat up or disrupted it from fitting securely in the cup holder. The solution was to remove a section from the ring base for the tabs to "click" into.  

Version 11 - Final Version
Version 11 - Final Version

Finally, we arrived at what we believe is a perfect CELL PHONE SEAT.  

Now I can't drive without this in my truck and I want everyone to experience how simple, easy-to-use and fun CELL PHONE SEAT can be. 

SPACE FOR YOUR WIRES
SPACE FOR YOUR WIRES
HOLDS PHONES IN FOLDING CASES AS WELL
HOLDS PHONES IN FOLDING CASES AS WELL

Now we need YOUR HELP!

THE ASK - $20,000 in Pledges 

The money pledged will go towards creating the mold for CELL PHONE SEAT (also called the "Tooling" or "Machining"). This typically costs $10,000 to $20,000, but we've secured the price for tooling to just under $10,000 due to the simplicity of the design and the fact it is just one single piece (something I had to fight for). Once the mold is created, the CELL PHONE SEAT can be mass-produced and shipped to the United States. The minimum factory order is 3,000 units, and shipping will cost $1,500 to ship by sea. Import/Export fees will cost $500 for the first order. Total cost per unit to get the CELL PHONE SEAT to the United States (tooling, manufacturing (inventory), shipping, tarifs, risk mitigation and Kickstarter fees) is around $6.68 per unit. Shipping each unit to individual backers in the United States will be $6.25 (including the large envelope). Total cost per unit to get into the backers hands is $12.93 per CELL PHONE SEAT. 


TIMELINE

Tooling will take about 45 days, and manufacturing 3,000 pieces will take another 20 days. Shipping will take 55 days.  

So that's only FOUR MONTHS to have this brand new (and AWESOME) product in your hands. (If you need it sooner, we have 3D print options available!)

Once we have the first run of inventory, we can send everyone their CELL PHONE SEAT who pledged on Kickstarter. Any remaining inventory will go to Amazon to sell at the full selling price of $19.95 (minus a small portion we'll keep on hand for orders that come in direct through our website: www.CELLPHONESEAT.com). So what are you waiting for! Help us secure a seat for cell phones in every vehicle!

Risks and challenges

After almost a year of working intensely on CELL PHONE SEAT, it's clear that we need your help to make it to the finish line. We will do our utmost to deliver your CELL PHONE SEAT as promised, but have budgeted $2,500 to ensure that we can overcome any challenge that may arise.

Risks and challenges may include any problems at the factory in China with the tooling to ensure the first run of the CELL PHONE SEAT is correct. Luckily we've chosen a trusted partner in China to manufacture CELL PHONE SEAT with decades of success in technology products and a history of making accessories for cell phones.

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Long-lasting design

Cell Phone Seat is created using a strong but flexible ABS plastic (think legos), giving it the flexibility to compress to any cup holder yet strength to hold any size phone. It it long-lasting as well as completely recyclable.

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