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Last updated February 16, 2015

The Gerp Mount - GoPro Mount, Tablet Grip & Stand (Canceled)

Introducing the world's most versatile Grip, Stand & Mount. Enhance your digital experience. Unite your favorite devices. GerpOn!

The Gerp Mount - GoPro Mount, Tablet Grip & Stand (Canceled)

Introducing the world's most versatile Grip, Stand & Mount. Enhance your digital experience. Unite your favorite devices. GerpOn!

$6,822
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
88
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Feb 16 2015
Last updated February 16, 2015

About

The Gerp Mount is a one-of-a-kind ergonomic grip, and hands-free stand, designed to enhance your use of iPads, tablets and mobile devices. It can even be used as a household utility tool. Its only limit is your imagination.

Think about how you use a tablet. The flat surface and lack of handles makes it awkward to hold and difficult to comfortably use for long periods of time. That’s why we invented the Gerp. We designed it as a grip and as a stand and with its ergonomic, patented, pistol-handle design it’s the strongest, most comfortable grip in the market today.

With our latest refinements, we've made The Gerp Mount usable with all sorts of mobile devices like iPhones, iPads, Tablets, Smartphones, GoPro's, action and video cameras, GPS devices, rangefinders and much, much more. Quite frankly, we’re discovering new uses and further utility for The Gerp Mount every day, and we’re certain that you’ll find your own unique uses for it in your daily life.

For our Kickstarter campaign we want to take The Gerp Mount to the next level. We want to continue to improve and make our modifications while delivering a highly compatible, highly adaptable utility tool for the masses. We’ve spent tons of hours testing the Gerp Mount for strength, durability, graphics, colors and all around usefulness – and now we want to deliver it to you.

5-clicks and it sticks! It really is that simple and easy to unite with your iPad or tablet.

Here’s how easy the Gerp Mount is to catch and release!

  • Find a clean, smooth surface
  • Firmly press the suction cup down while pushing the ratchet lever into the firmest possible position.
  • Now give it a quick shake to test you have a firm hold, and you’re good to go!
  • To release the Gerp, simply pull the side levers and move the ratchet away from the suction cup.
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Opposite from the suction cup you'll find a universal 1/4-20 tripod receiver that will mount ~99% of the tripod and smartphone accessories on the market today.

Ergonomics & Handling

Steve Jobs famously told users of the iPhone 4 that they were holding it wrong. Jobs was talking about the antenna issues, but as it turns out there is a wrong way to hold the iPad.

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During the design of the Gerp Mount we employed an ergonomic approach, which is the study of designing equipment and devices that fit the human body, it's movements and it's cognitive abilities. Enhanced user health and comfort, productivity level and increased device engagement were key product development goals for our team.

Our design allows for users to change grip, arm, shoulder and neck positions easily and frequently.  These actions are critical to prevent repetitive strain injuries, which can develop over time and lead to long-term disabilities, not to mention interruptions in your "Netflix Weekend Binge Sessions" also known as NWBS in the medical community. 

Seriously though, the Gerp Mount will provide you the opportunity to keep your neck and shoulders in a healthy neutral position, swap grips and rest your arms frequently and easily whether you are on the couch, in bed or enjoying your favorite beverage at the local coffee shop.

Illustrations created by Founder Paul Liniger on his Tablet with a Gerp
Illustrations created by Founder Paul Liniger on his Tablet with a Gerp

 Specifications

  • The Gerp Mount has been engineered to exceed the physical requirements necessary to successfully engage your mobile devices. 
  • The suction cup mechanism is able to apply 4x the force of gravity on the device, creating a safe but strong suction to your devices. This component is created in an injection mold with molten Polyurethane (PU) resin. 
  • The handle portion is also constructed of molten PU resin in an injection mold. The handle is assembled with two pieces and two steel screws designed for embedding in plastic. During R&D, we drove our SUV over blank handles without destroying the component. PU is tough stuff. 
  • The rack and pinion base for the suction cup is constructed of glass filled nylon. This material was selected to maintain the sharp edges that support the ratcheting system. Other materials and lesser amounts of glass failed to maintain tooth integrity. The thumb pad and rack and pinion are constructed of PU. A steel spring and pin are integrated in to the assembly to activate catch and release. 
  • All of these components have been tested in a Gerp for at least 18 months. 
  • All steel components are industry standard quality and are present throughout the tool, camera and gadget markets. 
  • All parts we do not create from our plastic injection tools are sourced from US distributors.

Like you, we use a wide variety of electronic devices and we find it frustrating and expensive to have to find and purchase individual pieces to enhance each of them. The Gerp Mount is the most compatible electronic device accessory in the market today.  We really play well with others! Below is a visual representation of all the devices Gerp not only connects, but also unites with others.

Finding the right accessories that enhance your devices doesn't have to be a frustrating or expensive process.  Our goal was to create a one-stop solution that unites and enhances your experience with virtually every mobile device you use.  

The Gerp Mount can now be used with all manner of Smartphones, Phablets, Tablets, GoPro, Video and action cameras, GPS devices, range finders and much, much more. And, the exciting thing is that we’re expanding The Gerp Mount’s compatibility with the latest and greatest devices every day.

The power in The Gerp Mount comes from its versatile uses that enhance your experience with the many mobile devices in your life. It’s a highly adaptable, multipurpose tool with an ergonomic, lightweight, durable and waterproof design. You’ll find that it’s handy for use with a wide variety of electronic equipment and as a resourceful tool in your home, in your car, in your office, while communing with the great outdoors and throughout your everyday life. 

Whether as a grip, a stand or as a mount, you’ll find that the resourceful Gerp Mount is more than flexible enough for your many needs. Its only limit is your imagination!

Illustrations created by Founder Paul Liniger on his Tablet with a Gerp
Illustrations created by Founder Paul Liniger on his Tablet with a Gerp

The story of Gerp began circa 2001. Back then our Dean of Gerpology was fresh out of college and still living the college lifestyle. It was a lazy fall Sunday, watching football, when a revolutionary idea formed. 

After plating a heaping amount of food, our future Dean made his way back to the sofa. Shortly after settling in a dull ache manifested in his plate-holding wrist – the plate was overloaded! Not to be outmatched by the weight, he made a simple adjustment by balling his fist and placing it underneath the plate. While this balancing act relieved the strain, visions of cleaning nacho cheese out of the surrounding upholstery exposed the impracticality of this unsecured grip.

The Dean was not to be stopped, grabbing a plate from the cupboard he made his way to the workbench in the garage. Using an old wooden bird perch and some epoxy he retrofitted the first incarnation of Gerp, designed to enhance his personal couch-dining experience – he called it the Handleplate!

The Handle-plate invention (though trademarked) was never pursued as an actual product but its unique attributes were fodder among friends for creative infomercial ideas for years to come.

Fast-forward 12 years to 2013, tablets and smartphones are in the hands of millions including those of our Dean. As his screen time increased, reading in bed, sketching out his design ideas with a stylus, he once again noticed discomfort while holding his mobile gear for long periods of time. Suddenly the Handle-plate concept came flooding back but this time it would be designed for mobile accessories. The Gerp was born!

  • Paul Liniger: Founder, Business & Product Development
  • Rob Liniger: Co-Founder, Web, Online Operations
  • Eric Paulson: Operations, Visual Creative, Supply Chain
  • Danny Getachew: Marketing, Copy Creative
  • And last but not least all the great, passionate friends, family and pro's that have helped us get Gerp on Kickstarter, we couldn't have done it without you...THANK YOU!

Visit www.getagerp.com/gerp-gallery/ if you want to take a closer look at our photography and the many ways you can use the Gerp. For our friends in the Media, please feel free to use this photography and/or contact us for any Public Relations matters, interview requests or possible product sampling opportunities.

“When I first heard of the Gerp, I fell in love with the genius design… versatile, clever, little gadget… I love a product which can turn its hand to be used in different ways. As a tablet, phone and device holder it’s perfect… I certainly trust it to hold my expensive devices.” - Gadget Girls Reviews

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Risks and challenges

There is a simple phrase that explains how we have minimized the risks and challenges of fulfilling our backer’s rewards... Made in Portland, USA. One of the key processes we have employed that has supported our “local” approach is patience. This project has been almost two years in the making for its debut on Kickstarter.

Our manufacturer is here, our packaging partners are here, and the post office is just up the street. Our team has over 15 years of experience importing and exporting goods from Asia... there is a reason we set up Gerp Inc. to create products locally in the US, we know how unmanageable the risks can be with products made in China.

The third key process we have focused on is communication. We have keyed on developing and sustaining close relationships with all our project collaborators; manufacturers, packaging, etc.

We have already shared our timeline and confirmed with our manufacturer that they can support our expectations. We are locked in. We plan to communicate with them on a daily basis, updating them on our backer support level. Once we reach goal we plan to pull the trigger on updating the tools even if it happens on day one. Our manufacturer knows we are good for it.

We have a local team assisting us with assembly and they are ready to go. We even have back-ups for all our collaborators that will step in, worst case scenario. Even then, this situation would only result in a 30-60 day delay at most.

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    Reward includes: At this reward level, you'll receive our signature team "Jersey". This is a single, high-quality, black T-shirt with a screen printed Gerp logo on the front and the name and tagline screen printed on the back. Our Jersey comes in medium to XXL sizes.

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    LONE RANGER SPECIAL
    Reward includes: This reward level includes a single black, first-run Gerp Mount from newly remodeled, plastic injection tooling.

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    NIGHT OWL SPECIAL WITH GO PACK
    Reward includes: This reward level includes a single black, first-run Gerp Mount from newly remodeled, plastic injection tooling.

    In addition to your Gerp, we have included a number of key mobile device accessories to offer as our GO Pack. This pack includes the following: Adapter plate, Swivel mount, D-ring, Lanyard, Phone mount and Adapter screw. Limited supply.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL WITH GO PACK
    Reward includes: This reward level includes a single black, first-run Gerp Mount from newly remodeled, plastic injection tooling.

    In addition to your Gerp, we have included a number of key mobile device accessories to offer as our GO Pack. This pack includes the following: Adapter plate, Swivel mount, D-ring, Lanyard, Phone mount and Adapter screw. Limited supply.

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    GERP MOUNT MAX PACK
    Reward includes: This reward level includes a single, black, first-run Gerp Mount and a single Gerp MAX pack.

    We have assembled a number of key mobile device and action camera accessories to form our MAX Pack. The MAX pack includes the following: Adapter plate, Swivel mount, D-ring, Lanyard, Phone mount, Adapter screw, Capture plate, GoPro tripod mount, GoPro flat adhesive mount, Quick release buckle, Thumb screw, Adapter screw and Wrist floaty.

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    GERP GRAPHIC GO PACK
    Reward includes: This reward level includes your choice of a single Gerp Mount with a premium finish by our partners at Hydrographics Inc.

    Finishes include:
    MUDDY GIRL - Glossy, pink, purple and gray camouflage finish.
    WOODY - Glossy, burl wood finish.
    ELEMENT - Glossy brushed aluminum finish.
    BIG GAME - Matte mossy oak camouflage finish.

    In addition to your Gerp, we have included a number of key mobile device accessories to offer as our GO Pack. This pack includes the following: Adapter plate, Swivel mount, D-ring, Lanyard, Phone mount and Adapter screw.

    We will contact you after your purchase to confirm your finish selection.

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    AMBASSADOR MAX Pack
    Reward includes: This reward level includes two, black, first-run Gerp Mounts, a single MAX pack and a T-shirt.

    We have assembled a number of key mobile device and action camera accessories to form our MAX Pack. MAX pack includes the following: Adapter plate, Swivel mount, D-ring, Lanyard, Phone mount, Adapter screw, Capture plate, GoPro tripod mount, GoPro flat adhesive mount, Quick release buckle, Thumb screw, Adapter screw, Wrist floaty.

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    KICKSTARTER EDITION MAX Pack
    Reward includes: This reward level includes a single, custom-assembled Gerp Mount. Components are formed with plastic, color-matched to Kickstarter's signature brand colors and a single MAX pack.

    We have assembled a number of key mobile device and action camera accessories to form our MAX Pack. MAX pack includes the following: Adapter plate, Swivel mount, D-ring, Lanyard, Phone mount, Adapter screw, Capture plate, GoPro tripod mount, GoPro flat adhesive mount, Quick release buckle, Thumb screw, Adapter screw, Wrist floaty.

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    GERP MOUNT SIX Pack
    Reward includes: This reward level includes Six black, first-run Gerp Mounts, a MAX Pack, a GO pack and the signature Gerp Jersey.

    We have assembled a number of key mobile device and action camera accessories to form our MAX Pack. MAX pack includes the following: Adapter plate, Swivel mount, D-ring, Lanyard, Phone mount, Adapter screw, Capture plate, GoPro tripod mount, GoPro flat adhesive mount, Quick release buckle, Thumb screw, Adapter screw, Wrist floaty.

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    VIP CELEBRATION PACK
    Reward includes: At this reward level you'll be invited as a VIP Guest to the official Gerp Kickstarter Funding Celebration. You'll be wined and dined, by the Gerp team, with all you can eat and drink fare at one of Portland's signature Brew Pubs. At the party you'll also receive two custom designed Gerp Mounts with a Go Pack, Max Pack and a team jersey.

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    PORTLANDIA AMBASSADOR PACK
    Reward includes: At this reward level you'll help "Keep Portland Weird". We'll fly you to our hometown of Portland, Oregon, from anywhere in the continental US. We'll include hotel accommodations in downtown Portland (3 days/ 2 nights). During your stay you'll enjoy much of what Portland has to offer, including a tour of local landmarks, dive bars, gardens, sports venues, restaurants, craft breweries, vineyards, pub crawls and more.

    You'll also receive two custom designed Gerp Mounts with a Go Pack, Max Pack and a team jersey.

    Available June - September 2015.

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