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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 2 2019
Last updated September 21, 2019

EZL - See, hold and connect your phone - better. (Canceled)

A wafer thin accessory to make life with your phone that little bit better.

EZL - See, hold and connect your phone - better. (Canceled)

A wafer thin accessory to make life with your phone that little bit better.

£5,015
pledged of £5,000pledged of £5,000 goal
264
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 2 2019
Last updated September 21, 2019

About


Ezl will make life with your phone better.

Unfortunately, this time I have JUST missed the wave of hysteria this design deserves - so I shall return!

Three products, 2mm thin.

 What is Ezl?

 I have been working for over a year on an idea for a tiny device which makes holding, seeing and connecting our phones better.

The result is ‘Ezl’, a 2mm thin sliver of material which attaches to your phone case (or direct to your phone). It slides open to provide three really useful functions:

  • A stand, so you can keep an eye on your phone without picking it up.
  • A secure and comfortable holder, which makes holding your phone easier and more secure.
  • Features to enable easy mounting of your phone to accessories like desk chargers, car mounts etc.

Particularly for people with arthritis or mobility problems with their hands, Ezl provides a perfect solution for comfortable holding your phone.

It uses no metals or magnets, so does not interfere with wireless charging. It is thin enough to allow wireless charging through both most cases AND the Ezl.

What problems does it solve?

As a stand, it allows you to clearly see an incoming text, call or message WITHOUT interrupting your workflow, putting you in control of whether you interact or not.

On most phones, it also works in landscape mode, allowing you to watch a movie on your way home from work.

Even better, it makes holding your phone more secure and comfortable. Now that so many of us check our phones whilst walking, Ezl adds safety to prevent your phone being knocked or snatched from your hand.  This video says it all!

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Anything else?

Yes. Ezl has features so that it can easily be clipped to companion accessories (available soon) such as desk chargers and car mounts.

Ezl also has moulded rubber feet so your phone won't slip around on your desk, both when lying flat and standing up.

I'm also planning to put together a range of colours and designs to appeal to all tastes - I'd love to know what you'd like to see on your Ezl!


You may add more Ezls and Plinth tablet stands (myplinth.co.uk for info) to your pledge by adding £6 per Ezl and £11 per Plinth, plus £1 for additional postage. You can list and explain exactly what you'd like when I send out the surveys at the end of the campaign.

Designed on an iPad Pro!

I am really excited that Ezl is the first product I have designed from start to finish on my iPad Pro. Whilst I have been using apps like Procreate and Concepts for years to sketch and details designs, I have never had proper 3D CAD for engineering and detailing designs.

Now there's a new kid on the block - called Shapr3D, and it has changed the game. For those of you interested in design, take a look on Youtube where you'll find some awesome videos showing what Shapr3D can do. It's a joy to work with.

Where will Ezl be made?

I have chosen an extremely experienced and talented injection-mould toolmaker to build the tooling for Ezl. He will be doing the actual production too, ensuring that the entire process will be monitored and maintained under one roof.

His factory is based in a little unit hidden away in the Devon countryside, and which is completely powered by solar panels.



The Plinth Tablet stand

In 2014 I raised over £32,000 on Kickstarter to help get my idea for a universal, stable, pocket tablet stand into manufacture. 5 years later, and Plinth is still selling strongly, both on Amazon and my website (myplinth.co.uk).

 In 2016 plinth was featured on the BBC programme Dragons’ Den (called shark tank in the USA). The program has recently been released on the Dragons’ Den YouTube channel, and I attach a link to it here. 

Why crowdfunding?

Having lived with this design for over a year now, I am convinced that it genuinely makes life with our phones better - it’s not a gimmick or a gadget, it is a well designed, durable accessory to perform a serious job.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the capital to afford either the manufacturing tools, or expensive agencies to promote and advertise Ezl (see my 1st update for more on this topic). I’m therefore hoping to reach a crowd of people through kickstarter - if we all chip in a drop or two, we become an ocean.

I don’t have the resources or available time to commission marketing agencies.

Risks and challenges

Although Ezl is a very simple product, it is actually quite a complex injection moulding, and poses quite a few technical challenges from a moulding point of view.

However, I have many years experience in product design, and am working with an absolute genius of a tool maker, so I'm confident that Ezl will, when finished, perform much better than the 3D printed prototypes I have been testing for months now.

Perhaps my biggest challenge is financial - now that Kickstarter has become the domain of sophisticated marketing agencies, all of whom charge fees which I can't afford (which is why I'm here on kickstarter!).

This makes getting seen a real challenge.

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Environmental commitments

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Long-lasting design

All my designs are guaranteed for life. I use the correct materials to ensure long life with minimal environmental impact.

Reusability and recyclability

All materials used are highly recyclable. Packaging and shipping materials will all be biodegradable.

Sustainable materials

Ezl uses a tiny amount of plastic - less than half that used in a small bottle of water.

Environmentally friendly factories

My manufacturing plant is 100% solar powered. All manufacturing and assembly will be done by full-paid adults.

Sustainable fulfillment and distribution

Minimal, card and paper only.

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

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    Pledge £1 or more About US$ 2

    I'd just like to help

    If Ezl isn't for you, but you'd like to support my efforts, here's the place to do it. I'll keep you informed of the story as the adventure evolves.

    Thank you.

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    Pledge £7 or more About US$ 9

    1 EZL

    I will send you 1 x Ezl in any standard colour/design, which you can choose when you get your survey at the end of the campaign.

    (normal price £8)

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    Pledge £10 or more About US$ 13

    1 Plinth tablet stand

    I will send you:
    1 x Plinth tablet stand (normally £14)

    You can order multiples of this reward (ie £20 = 2x Plinths)

    You can choose colours/designs when you get your survey at the end of the campaign

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    Pledge £14 or more About US$ 18

    2 EZLs

    I will send you 2 x Ezls in any standard colour/design, which you can choose when you get your survey at the end of the campaign.

    £7 (normal price £8)

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    Pledge £15 or more About US$ 19

    Kickstarter Special - your photo Ezl!

    I will send you 1 x Ezl in any standard colour/design, which you can choose when you get your survey at the end of the campaign.

    It will feature a high-resolution colour photo or artwork, supplied by you, of anything you like (as long as it doesn't breach copyright/decency rules)

    Add more than one at only £12 each.

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    Pledge £18 or more About US$ 23

    1 EZL + 1 Plinth tablet stand

    I will send you:
    1 x Ezl in any standard colour/design, PLUS
    1 x Plinth tablet stand (normally £14)

    You can order multiples of this reward (ie £36 = 2x Ezls and 2x Plinths)

    You can choose colours/designs when you get your survey at the end of the campaign

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    Pledge £20 or more About US$ 26

    4 EZLs

    I will send you 4 x Ezls in any standard colour/design, which you can choose when you get your survey at the end of the campaign.

    £5 each (normal price £8)

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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 63

    12 EZLs - go on, treat all your friends!

    I will send you 12 x Ezls in any standard colour/design, which you can choose when you get your survey at the end of the campaign.

    £4.17 each (normal price £8)

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    Thanks for being the first!

    I will send you 1 x Ezl in any standard colour/design, which you can choose when you get your survey at the end of the campaign.

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    Early Bird

    I will send you 1 x Ezl in any standard colour/design, which you can choose when you get your survey at the end of the campaign.

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    1 EZL

    I will send you 1 x Ezl in any standard colour/design, which you can choose when you get your survey at the end of the campaign.

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Funding period

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