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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 27 2012
$1,070
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
16
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 27 2012

About

What others are saying...

Wontek - Press Release: GSi: Innovative Bumper Case and Holster for iPhone.

Materialicious - Press Release: Quick and Easy Access to Your iPhone in Every Situation!

GuysGab -  "No more fumbling trying to grab my phone in time, the GSi is an absolute genius design!"   

TechNutty - "Great idea!  Definitely need to check it out."

BiteMyApple - "That's so clever...."

Beast - "Great product!  Love that it stays put no matter what you are doing, so you never have to worry about dropping it again."

     Quick Access to Your iPhone in Every Situation!

For many, iPhone's are a part of everyday life. We depend on them for phone calls, text messaging, emailing, web surfing, gaming, photographs, videos, etc, etc.. These devices should be easily accessible while we move through our everyday life.

We found that the iPhone accessory market is saturated with good protective cases. However, existing holsters are difficult to use, uncomfortable and bulky, so many people keep their iPhone's in their pocket, purse or just hold onto them.

                                       Our Solution

Our patent pending systems consist of a technically advanced bumper case and quick access holster. Our design provides secure retention of your iPhone with quick and easy access. Rare earth magnets embedded into the holster snap the bumper case in place and hold it securely. A quick twist of the wrist separates your iPhone from the holster to the natural use position. All components are meticulously designed and produced with high grade materials.

The Bumper Case is a CNC machined frame made from strong steel alloy plated with a high performance finish, combined with a high impact injection molded polymer. Both materials are joined by a unique hinge design and fastened around the iPhone by two stainless steel screws. The polymer has many advantages in a case design, but is primarily designed to prevent any loss in signal caused by an "ALL" metal case. The Bumper Case has been precisely fine-tuned to securely fit your iPhone using advanced TPU cushioning material on the inside of the Bumper Case. The Bumper Case provides large openings to accommodate aftermarket peripherals and audio connectors. Ultimately, it provides a rugged, yet appealing layer of protection for your iPhone!

The Holster is an innovative injection molded design made from a high performance plastic. Rare earth magnets embedded into the holster secure the Bumper Case, yet provide quick access of your iPhone. These magnets will not damage solid state electronic devices, such as your iPhone. The Holster is precisely engineered to limit magnetic field strength from affecting items such as credit cards, magnetic I.D. cards, pacemakers or similar devices. The Holster clip has been designed to ergonomically fit your mid section. A custom ratcheting clip provides comfortable and secure attachment to your belt, pocket, purse strap, or waistband. Additionally, the holster provides a standard tripod/monopod insert for still shot and video in both portrait and landscape orientations.

Making our Idea a Reality

With every product idea comes the challenge of verifying through analysis, design and test.  So, we asked ourselves ... is it gonna work?  There were four major design questions we had to resolve in order to turn our idea into reality:

  • Do magnets affect electronics?
  • Do magnets affect other things?
  • Will an "all" metal case affect the operation of my iPhone?
  • Finally, how to develop a system that securely retains your iPhone and also have it be quickly accessible?

So, let's take these one at a time...

Do magnets affect electronics?

There is a lot of information out there that addresses this point. So, we dove right in to verify what's being said, then prove it!  We utilized experts in the field of design and testing of electronics for Military and Aerospace applications who understand how electronics behave during and after being exposed to different levels of magnetic fields. We also performed extensive testing of the iPhone with the use of magnets. Without going into the engineering details of our reports, we found conclusively, that electronics used in iPhone technology are solid state and do not have any magnetically sensitive components.

Do magnets affect other things?

It is common knowledge that magnets can affect other things. This is determined by magnetic field strength or Gauss. We are not comparing magnetic fields like those produced by an MRI machine, we are talking much much lower levels. More common items that can be affected are credit cards, magnetic ID cards, pacemakers, rotating drives or other similar devices. So, we used design practices and materials to limit the magnetic field strength from affecting these types of devices. In summary, the GSi is safe!

Analysis Model of GSi Holster Magnetic Field
Analysis Model of GSi Holster Magnetic Field

Will an "ALL" metal case affect my iPhone?

Metal cases provide solid protection for your iPhone, but must be designed to accommodate the intricate antenna system to prevent signal interruption or loss. So, we designed a bumper case that allows the signal to travel to and from your iPhone without interruption, thru the polymer section of the case.

Finally, how to develop a system that securely retains your iPhone and also have it be quickly accessible?

We spent a lot of time perfecting the pull force and extraction aspect of the magnet and steel assembly design. The two challenges we successfully overcame were to make the GSi Bumper Case stay securely in the holster when not in use, then be able to quickly and easily remove it when needed. We have performed extensive field testing to verify that the GSi will stay put even in the most extreme situations, yet be quickly accessible when you need it ...

The GSi will work as hard as you do, even in the most extreme cases as shown in this video showing multiple back hand springs. A quick snap of the wrist releases the case from the holster.

We developed multiple body movement tests throughout the GSi development cycle to verify that the bumper case will not fall out of its holster during normal activities. We took it a little bit to the extreme as you can see from this 7 stair jump test: Strong Retention with Quick Access!

Backer Rewards

Each GSi includes a Bumper Case, Quick Access Holster in Black, two custom designed backplate's (one leather, one carbon fiber). There are four (4) colors to choose from: Jet Black/Black, Silver/Clear, Gunmetal/Black, or Silver/Magenta (Apple iPhone products seen below are not included in our backer rewards):

What we've done so far....

The pictures and videos that you see are real working prototypes and first mold samples. We have gone through 12 months of development and many iterations of prototyping to get it just right. Some of my colleagues think the GSi is over-designed, but in this "case", we think it is a good thing (no pun intended!)

We have developed a CNC milling machine process to make each Bumper Case steel segment consistently, and at a high quality yield.

We have completed the mold for the polycarbonate section of the bumper case. Our first molded pieces came out great, but there are a few tweaks we need to make to the different colors combinations. These parts are strong and flexible, complimenting the steel section nicely to make up the entire Bumper Case.

We have completed the mold for the holster assembly as well. The molded parts exceeded our expectations on our first run. There are a few design changes to be made, but they will be production ready per our schedule.

Production Plan

Dave Garcia, GearLeash's founder, has developed the connections essential for production, distribution and delivery.

We have established the necessary relationship with our lead manufacturer and the factory is ready for us to start production. Our transportation and distribution resources are in place, and all we need now is to place our first production order.

Delivered to a Waist Near You

Your contribution will fund:

- Production tooling costs and large material order of the GSi-4 and GSi-5

- Final mold cost and tooling for GSi-5

With your support we are targeting to start shipping to every backer - the GSi-4 in February 2013 and GSi-5 in April 2013.

We hope that you are inspired and excited by the idea and choose to support the project. Either way, please spread the word and share with your friends.

Risks and challenges

The risks and mitigations:

1) Quick response and working through the unknowns of setting up new tooling for volume production
-Our manufacturing relationship is well established and is understood to be critical in keeping our project a priority and on schedule.

2) Completing the clip mold
- The clip mold design modification should be complete by the end of December.

3) Fine tuning the bumper case polycarbonate color options
-We are working with our manufacturer to determine the correct color adjustments, specifically on magenta.

4) Completing the GSi-5 prototyping and molds
-The solid model is complete and verified with the iPhone 5. Rapid prototypes are expected to be received by the end of January 2013

5) Quality Control checkpoint at all levels
- We have developed a procedure to ensure checkpoints are performed at every level of the production process. These will be fine tuned once we launch a large production order.

6) Distribution of large quantity
-We have developed the distribution channels for large volume and the factory is well experienced in this area. Although, final verification is pending a large order being placed.

We will keep you informed along the way and share with you our progress and challenges to bring the GSi to your door!

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    Options for GSi-5! One GSi-5 for iPhone 5 in any color - choose from: Jet Black/Black, Silver/Clear, Gunmetal/Black, or Silver/Magenta.Quick Access Holster in Black, Bumper Case, two custom designed backplates (one leather, one carbon fiber). Free shipping within USA. Add $10 for shipping to Canada, $20 for international shipping.

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