This project's funding goal was not reached on July 28, 2014.
About this project
The iMagBond is a magnet powered CNC made, smartphone dashboard, air vents stand designed to make your daily commute as well as longer trips easier and safer.
What made us first want to make such a product is that no smartphone in-vehicle stand on the market had all the features we thought it should have.
Why Do You Need iMagBond?
It is universal, High-End beautiful, solid CNC anodized aluminum made, multi-functions, quick attach/detach, blue tooth free, hands free, good gift for drivers, phone photographer, your family members and friends, also it makes driving safer and easier.
Current Market Inadequacies:
Many current smartphone vehicle mounts require the use of two hands to detach or attach, were made out of plastic, which degrades under sunlight, or simply did not give the user enough choices about its location.
With the advent of state laws prohibiting the use of a cellphone with your hands, many drivers tend to call while driving using the speakerphone feature but still holding the phone in their hands. This practice, while reducing the chance that the driver will be pulled over by law enforcement, retains the safety risk of holding a cellphone while driving.
The iMagBond allows for easy hands-free calling with either in-vehicle Bluetooth or speakerphone. No more setting your phone down out of range of the microphone during a call or having safety concerns calling while driving.
Safety and convenience improvements such as:
- Using your phone for navigation and being able to take it off with a simple one-handed motion when you need to stop during your drive or upon reaching your destination.
- Aesthetically pleasing cast aluminum construction.
- Calling while going through the drive-thru, maybe on your morning commute for that cup of hot coffee or for the hassle-free snack after work.
Whether you want to use your smartphone for navigation on a road trip, or to call hands-free while getting your morning coffee at the drive-thru, the iMagBond can help you accomplish these tasks much more easily, and more importantly, safely.
If our funding goal can be reached, the product features and improvements will include:
- Aesthetically pleasing and durable matte cast aluminum construction. - Can be placed on the dash, by an air vent, and with or without the swivel base.
- Easy one-handed motion attach/detach.
- Magnetic attachment surface easily detachable for versatility. Can be used in the home.
iMagBond backer's rewards
Basic Kit: Head, small base, metal plate, good for front panel of car and mini tripod.
Vent Kit: Head, clip, metal plate, good for vent of car and mini tripod.
Dash+ Kit: Head, middle-body, big base, small base and metal plate, good for dashboard, mini & standard tripod, office table, front panel and wall.
Complete Kit: Dash+ Kit with 2 metal plates plus Vent Kit. Good for two cars and two phones, excellent gift.
The device can be mounted the dashboard of any car by Velcro, double side tape. The surface only needs to be cleaned before mounting. Kit comes with Velcro, or tape in Dash+ and complete kits.
iMagBond vent clip is suitable for most car vents. No need for permanent glue for mounting, just Plug and Play!
For people who do not want their phone on the dash or vent of the car, we designed a small base (less than 3/4 of an inch diameter) that can mount anywhere on the front panel. When you want to use your phone while driving, only the magnetic head is needed, just screw it onto the the head. This will help keep the interior of your car looking clean and neat!
All the threads of iMagBond device are designed for standard 1/4-20 thread of camera tripods and mounts; the head or head+middle body(with a threaded hole) is easy to mount to any Mini or standard tripod in just a few seconds.
Dashboard kit can be used in different places, the device can be separated to three parts, each part can be used independently. The big base has two holes and can be screwed into any surface. e.g. wood, dry, concrete walls.
What can iMagBond do?
- See who is calling without having to find your phone.
- Real-Time recordings with your phone as a dash cam.
- Navigation on the road.
- Detachable base can mount any cameras.
- Good for essentially all car vents. Make type easy.
- Head and body of mount is compatible with tripod.
- Watch videos, video chat with friends, play music, or even browse the internet in the kitchen, office, and anywhere else in your home.
How was iMagBond Born?
Problem and solution
Some problems existing car phone mounts had, including: suction base periodically falling, having to use two hands to remove or attach your device, being made of cheap and highly degradable materials, bulky, unsightly, and complex designs.
We researched and compared different mounting design possibilities by examining other car phone mounts, camera mounts, and even shower swivel heads before drawing rough idea sketches.
3D hand and then CAD drawings.
Prototype printed by 3D printer and testing
2D & 3D design data sent to workshop for a real prototype
Prototype testing and modification
- Will the magnet damage my phone or the memory card?
No, memory cards are not magnetic data carriers and thus will not be damaged by magnetic fields, smartphone mobile devices and tablet computers also use non-magnetic storage media and thus magnetic fields will not damage data.
As stated by Macworld on January 12, 2012: “… magnet-based accessories are safe to use with iPads and pose no threat of scrambling interior electronics.”
- Do you ship internationally? Updated 7/13/2014
*We open pledge to international backers, International shipping is only for 10sets backers, Canada, Europe, Asia backers is $25 for basic kits(10sets), $29 for vent kits(10sets), $55 for dash kits(10sets), others country will be charged by actual shipper quote. (7/13/2014)
Our first phase project DOES NOT ship internationally until we get local distributors to handle all other country shipping with lower cost, please keep attention to our update information.
Pledge $1 is good idea for international buyer to let us easily notice you once local distributors available, you will save international shipping cost.
- Is iMagBond compatible to all smartphone?
Yes, almost. There are three installation methods for phone, all kits come with a 3M taped metal plate that is attached to your phone.
A: Tape plate to the back of cellphone.
B: Tape plate to the inside of case of phone.
C: Tape plate to the outside of case of phone:
- Where can I mount my device with the iMagBond?
With the iMagBond, your device can be easily mounted on any car vent, dashboard, dash vertical face, wall, or even in the home or office.
- How exactly does the iMagBond attach onto a car vent?
- In what ways can the iMagBond mount be installed onto a car dashboard?
With the basic mount base, select vertical surface, peel off adhesive backing from bottom of basic mount base, press firmly onto selected surface, and allow 10 minutes for adhesive to set. Finally, test mount by attaching the magnetic head and mounting and removing your device.
Thank you for your consideration and support, we will strive to work with each and every one of you to make sure we exceed your expectations.
Risks and challenges
At this point, we believe that we have worked out all the links in our supply chain, from the Magnet manufacturer to the CNC machining and are confident that the quality and speed of production.
When we will be able to send iMagBond to you:
A very safe estimate of 45-60 days after successful funding, most likely sooner.
If we do run into problems with one or more steps in the process:
1) We have backup manufacturers ready to go on short notice;
2) We will always communicate openly and quickly with our supporters.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
- (35 days)