About this project
Compatible with ALL generations of iPhone and iPod touch.
PATENT PENDING. EARBUDS NOT INCLUDED
Our Kickstarter campaign is over but you can still get yours at our website Smarterflo.com, home of the Smarter Stand. Need one for your iPad too? You can get it here as well.
Why the Smarter Stand for iPhone / iPod touch?
THE PROPPING-UP PROBLEM: Ever tried to prop-up your iPhone to watch a video, read email, do a video call, follow a recipe? It never stays up! And let's face it: the iPhone kickstand options out there are clunky at best.
THE EARBUDS NIGHTMARE: How much time do you spend every day fighting with tangled-up earbuds? Life's too short!
Yet there's no good solution to either problem out there... NOT UNTIL NOW!
It just works
The Smarter Stand is the first iPhone / iPod touch kickstand that can be used with or without a case AND also keeps your earbuds tangle free.
The Smarter Stand is the first iPhone kickstand to take advantage of your earphone jack. And this means that it works without a case and with all regular sized cases (up to 3mm thick).
The best iPhone / iPod touch earbuds cord management. Period.
You just casually roll-up your earbud cord around the Smarter Stand, tuck the buds in and you're done! It won't come undone even if it's tossed around in your pocket or handbag all day.
When you're ready to unroll your earphones, pop the buds out from under the cable and hold them while letting the cable unroll by itself. It's that simple!
How can such a minimalist device be the best at solving not one but 2 hard problems so many gadgets have failed at? Simple: It's the first solution made specifically for iPhone and iPod touch. All other products are trying to be all things to all people and that's why they inevitably fail.
Even works with earbuds wrapped around
When you're not using your earbuds, you can still use your Smarter Stand with earbuds wrapped around it. Want the sound to come through the iPhone speaker instead of the earbuds? Simply unplug the jack slightly and the sound will go through the iPhone's speaker instead of the earbuds. The stand is designed to remain stable in this position.
Made in the USA and shipping in eco-friendly packaging
The Smarter Stand for iPhone will be made right here in the USA, which means 3 things:
- More jobs to "kickstart" our local economy (sorry, could not resist the pun)
- Less pollution: No need to ship merchandise from a far away country
- You get the product faster: Again, no need to ship big containers by boat for weeks.
I am also committed to using environment-friendly recyclable packaging for this product. So pledge now guilt-free!
Got an iPad too?
The Smarter Stand for iPad and iPad mini was my last Kickstarter project. The Kickstarter campaign was very successful and the product is now available for sale at Smarterflo.com (ships immediately) or you can great great deal by pledging for a combo on this project (see COMBO rewards to the right).
Or buy the iPad version now (ships within 24h)
The Smarter Stand for iPad comes in 10 different colors (clear, white, black, dark grey, light grey, blue, green, pink, red and navy). If you pledge for a combo, you don't need to select your color upfront: We'll send you a survey to confirm your address and your color choice after the Kickstarter campaign ends and before we ship.
Got an Android phone?
I have filed a US Patent for the very unique way this product works and I am considering making more versions for popular Android phones.
My dilemma is that each device does require a slightly different shape for the Smarter Stand and tooling for many different versions can get expensive.
So I will have to wait and see whether the demand for specific Android phones is sufficient to justify adding more versions of the Smarter Stand. Feel free to contact me if you would be interested in getting a Smarter Stand for your Android phone and don't forget to specify which phone brand/model you have.
Why I need your backing
I have already identified the factory to make this product. They manufacture products right here in the US.
But between the tooling costs and the initial order, my expenses could come well over $20,000. That's in addition of the significant investment I've already made into the project to conduct the R&D, file the patent, produce the video, etc.
Your backing on Kickstarter will take this project from a well planned concept to a finished product. And in exchange, not only will you get your own Smarter Stand for iPhone / iPod touch as soon as the first units come out of the production line but you'll be helping an inventor bring a new product to life and I will keep you in the loop at each step of the way.
Need more than one?
Kickstarter has changed its guidelines and I'm not allowed to offer pledge levels for multiple units. If you need more than one Smarter Stand, just pledge a multiple of the reward price (for example 3 x $9 = $27 for 3 units + a flat $3 for US shipping or $7 for International). When I send out the survey to collect your shipping address at the end of the project, you'll be able to confirm the number of units you're pledging for and for which devices
Will it work with my iPhone or iPod touch?
Yes! The Smarter Stand for iPhone is designed to be compatible with all generations of iPhone and iPod touch from the very 1st generation of iPhone and iPod touch all the way to the latest iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5g. In fact, there are 2 different versions of Smarter Stand for iPhone / iPod touch: one for iPhone 5 / iPod touch 5g and one designed to work with all other models. You can pledge now and before we ship, we'll ask you in a survey which device you need your Smarter Stand for.
Does it work for other devices than iPhone and iPod touch?
Unfortunately, the Smarter Stand is not likely to work well on other devices for now. Accommodating more devices is possible in the future but it will require offering a slightly different model of the Smarter Stand for each phone because each has a different shape/dimensions and the earphone jack in a different spot.
Tooling for many different versions can get very expensive so I will have to wait and see whether the demand for specific Android phones is sufficient to justify adding more versions of the Smarter Stand. Feel free to contact me if you would be interested in getting a Smarter Stand for your Android phone and don't forget to specify which phone brand/model you have.
Does it work with other "non-Apple" earbuds?
The Smarter Stand for iPhone only works with your original Apple earbuds (or earpods). It won't work well with other earbuds unless the back of the audio jack has a very similar shape and size, which is rare. Why? The Smarter Stand is designed to tightly fit your earbuds' earphone jack and unfortunately, each brand/model of earbuds (Sony, Bose, etc.) shape their earphone jack slightly differently. The good news is that the latest earpods from Apple are quite good, comfortable and come with all new iPhones and iPod touch (they also retail for only $29).
Will it damage my iPhone jack or my earbuds?
No: It will not damage your iPhone jack or your earbuds as long as you use it properly: Like with any other iPhone kickstand, you should avoid putting too much pressure on the iPhone when using the kickstand. Hitting the iPhone or applying too much pressure is not recommended for obvious reasons.
The pressure put on the iPhone jack by the kickstand is small and your iPhone jack is designed to sustain much greater pressure like when you carry your iPhone in your pocket with the earphones plugged in.
As an extra precaution, I would recommend mounting the earbuds jack into the Smarter Stand at a position that doesn't leave any room between the Smarter Stand and your device when the jack is plugged in. That way the jack won't be torqued by the assembly when it's moving in your pocket, or in a bag. I have been using a prototype every day for over 2 months and there is no sign of wear on either the iPhone jack or the earbuds.
Do I need to keep the earbuds connected to the Smarter Stand at all times?
You can but you don't have to. When you don't use the kickstand feature but wish to connect your earbuds to the iPhone, you can swivel the kickstand to be aligned with the iPhone. In this position, it stays flat with your phone (same thickness). Alternatively, you can also pull the earbuds jack out of the Smarter Stand but leave it on the cord so you can easily put it back on the jack.
Can I use the Smarter Stand as a kickstand when the earbuds are wrapped around it?
Absolutely. It is actually how I personally use mine most of the time to browse the web or do other tasks that don't require earphones. I always carry the Smarter Stand in my pocket with earbuds wrapped around it so my favorite kickstand always within reach!
Why only white?
2 reasons: Apple's classy earbuds come in white only and this accessory is designed to work with them. Secondly, I learned from my previous project that less colors means faster production, less logistical headaches like shipping errors, etc. So I decided to keep it simple this time around and offer this product in 1 classy white color.
Can the kickstand work at different angles?
No. But in my experience using the product for many weeks, the iPhone is such a small device that one stand position is more than enough and different angles wouldn't really add much to the experience. That's why I decided to keep the design simple, durable and affordable.
Will the Smarter Stand work with my iPhone case? How?
The Smarter Stand for iPhone works with most cases of normal size/thickness. Only cases thicker than 3mm may not work well with it (although some still might). You can adjust the Smarter Stand to the thickness of your case by how deep you set the earbuds jack into the Smarter Stand's jack holder.
Why are you charging extra for shipping?
I learned from my first project that unless I outsource fulfillment to a third-party fulfillment company, I can not ship thousands of rewards fast and accurately enough to please everyone. So this time, I have a fulfillment company ready and able to ship the rewards quickly and reliably (FulfillRite Fulfillment). The flip side is that shipping costs are a bit higher. But believe me, it's worth it!
Why can't you sell the product cheaper?
The cost of manufacturing an accessory like the Smarter Stand for iPhone comes down to 3 things: how many you manufacture, how fast and where. For a project like this, I want to fulfill the rewards as fast as possible and the quantities I will manufacture are relatively small. In addition, I insist on making the product in the US both to support the economy of my country and to get you a better product faster (no one wants to wait 2 extra months for the cargo to arrive on a boat). The Smarter Stand will be made using high-end materials and it will come in sleek packaging you've come to expect from iPhone accessories.
So even if it could be a couple of dollars cheaper, I don't think the difference is worth compromising quality, delivery time, etc. and I hope you'll agree!
The video was masterfully directed and edited by James Mills. DP: Tim McCombe.
The 3D modeling work was skillfully executed by David Rowan Johnson.
Please don't hesitate to hire these fine craftsmen for your own project. They will blow you away!
Smarter Stand for iPhone and iPod touch is Patent Pending.
Risks and challenges
The typical risks and challenges of a product project like this one lie mainly in the manufacturing and fulfillment aspects. I know it all too well because I just went through the process of completing my last Kickstarter project: The Smarter Stand for iPad. Not only was the project successfully completed but I've learned a lot in the process and plan to apply this experience to future projects. In addition, I have now found manufacturing, fulfillment and customer service partners that I trust to do a great job for my backers. I am a big believer in being as transparent as possible with backers and keeping them in the loop at all times, even when faced with challenges. I wrote 20+ project updates during my last project and I intend to be just as communicative and responsive to their concerns for this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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