The ArchMount is the first pocketable tripod mount for the iPad. It is our creative solution to a need we discovered when trying to record and produce video on the go. Our initial goal was to increase the functionality of the iPad for full video production with a small, lightweight, and convenient tripod mount.
What really sets the ArchMount apart, is that it is pocketable, lightweight, secure and quickly fitted / removed. We are proud that it is all these things, and still sturdy (again, see our video). We worked hard to make it easy to mount and remove, so you can still use your favorite iPad case and quickly swap to the ArchMount and back in just a few seconds. We have also designed the ArchMount to be inexpensive while still capturing the aesthetic of the iPad itself.
The ArchMount is:
• Lightweight • Minimalistic in design • Small in form factor • Sturdy and secure • Inexpensive • Stylish, even eye-catching • Non-abrasive (won’t scratch your iPad) • Able to attach to any standard 1/4-20 tripod screw mount
When mounted, the ArchMount is barely noticeable from the front, due to its low-profile and well-located clasps, and the back has a sporty modern look. When attached, the Archmount still allows full access to all of the iPad's ports, buttons, mic and cameras. It will attach to any normal (1/4 x 20) tripod mount, and wraps up into a tidy, little package that slides easily into your pocket or gadget bag.
We have endless possibilities for the colors of the ArchMount. This initial run will be a black base with your choice of these three bungee colors (black, red or blue):
In using our prototypes, we have discovered many other situations where a hands-free iPad is useful:
• Capture stable shots of family memories in HD • Tabletop photo scanning
• Videoconferencing and video-chat
• Monopod-mounted nature shots
• Tripod-mounted time-lapse photography
• Hyper-local journalism
• Indie movie making
• Low light photography
• Sheet music and script reading • 101 other tabletop uses if mounted on a Gorillapod (small grasping tripod)
Steve at SerialKickers has been using the current prototype to mount his iPad to a Gorillapod (by Joby) for convenient Skype conversations, and even to clap the iPad to his leg while on his daily bus ride... it's a REAL bumpy ride. Our friend, micbergsma on Youtube is a pro-video blogger, and uses the iPad with a Gorillapod to display scripts while shooting video. We, as well as our friends, have discovered SO many new uses for our iPad now that we have the ArchMount. We'll show you more on our blog at www.SerialKickers.com and as updates here at KickStarter.
For those of you interested specifically in video production, you’ll share our appreciation for being able to record, edit, and submit video without requiring separate computer, camera, and 4G cellular modem. By mounting the iPad to a tripod, we gain the functionality of its high-definition video camera, editing capabilities, and, rapid data uploading – all while keeping a profile not much larger than a magazine.
We believe we have a quality product with our latest design, and are excited to bring this to the attention to the Kickstarter community, who might really appreciate a tripod mount that removes easily and slides into a backpack pocket, maximizing the iPad’s agility while out and about.
We are keeping our funding goal as low as we possibly can. All Kickstarter funding for the ArchMount will allow us to create the tooling, produce a round of injection molded parts, purchase hardware and materials, and cover Kickstarter plus Amazon fees. We look forward to getting these ArchMounts to our Kickstarter friends and giving them an extra special "THANK YOU!" for helping to get this exciting project off the ground.
Photos of the ArchMount in the wild:
Endless Possibilities – what will and what could be?
Risks and challenges
Our Experience: Casey at SerialKickers has 17+ years of experience working in manufacturing, most of which was spent in the field of Product Design and Prototyping, working with big names in consumer products like Dell, RIM, AMD, Nintendo and Texas Instruments. Never idle, he's constantly sharpening his skills in CAD and manufacturing design, resulting in a rare ability to take a design from concept to reality.
Aaron has professional experience delivering manufactured items on time, project management of technical projects, intellectual property development, and mitigating risk by developing a corporate quality assurance program.
Steve, has a long background in the technology industry (his first job was a computer sales rep for Apple followed by a rep position for Commodore (does anybody remember them?) He also has a background in audio / video production and journalism. For this project Steve plays the role “the great communicator”, and he will keep you all abreast of our operations on a daily basis, or MORE if need be.
The design for the Archmount prototypes were created, refined and tested using state-of-the-art software, but we have also produced and tested working prototypes using 3D printing or “Additive Manufacturing." The early proof of concept prototypes are gray and can be seen in the pictures and video. The newer, slimmer, studier designs are the ones in black. This production version is capable of being stripped down even smaller or expanded for even greater versatility.
To help with final design refinement and production, we have chosen a leading manufacturer with an engineering branch right here in Austin. This manufacturing branch has ISO 9001 and AS9100 certifications, and generates millions of dollars in revenue each year.
Date of Delivery
We are already familiar with the production process and have been testing our supply chain during prototype builds for half a year now. Our greatest risk for the ArchMount project is that, despite all our practice and precautions, the tooling and production steps may take longer than expected. There could be lead-time issues with the tooling, or perhaps quality issues with the trial molded parts. We have budgeted for these risks in our goal. Because of our experience and intensive research, we feel ready to mitigate any unforeseen delays.
The current design only fits 9-inch tablets. It was designed for the iPad 2, 3 and 4th generation, but can also be adjusted to fit other full sized tablets like the Kindle 8.9, and Asus tablets like Transformer. We are currently working on the designs for a smaller version made to fit thin, 7-inch tablets like the iPad Mini.
Currently the arch and clasps will be black with your choice of bungee (Black, Red, Blue). If we surpass our goal, we will be considering other options, including transparent / smoke color. According to our survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/S5P5DK9), right now the Black with Red bungee is the most popular color combo, followed by Grey with Black bungee. If you're looking for something REALLY custom, you should look at the Special Edition version with gold screws or the one-of-a-kind gold plated edition.
The ArchMount can be connect to any 1/4" - 20 screw just as it is. If you have a nice ball mount, you may not need the 90 bracket. If your tripod is a simple one with a mount surface that can only be kept parallel to the ground, you will probably want to spend the extra $5 and get the 90 Bracket... or get it anyway to be safe.
In case we do not make our goal, we will consider a variety of options to make the ArchMount available. These will likely be shorter-run productions, which are more expensive per part, but may get the ArchMount available very quickly! We will post an update here, letting you know how to give us your contact info, so that we may let you know our next steps in making the ArchMount available.
Very secure! Now, I probably wouldn't mount my iPad to my scooter and take it down the highway, but if you've watched the end of our video, you'll see me swinging the ArchMounted tripod around like a tennis racket and the iPad doesn't budge. It holds the iPad from all sides, so there is no mounting position that is unsafe.
Yes! We designed the ArchMount so that if a tiny piece broke you wouldn't have to replace the entire unit. Even the bungees are secured behind a plastic door we call "the mustache". You can even use a screw driver to remove "the mustache" and replace the bungees with your own custom set.
A monetary pat on the back... a little something that says, "Hey! I don't have an iPad, but like what you're doing!" Every dollar helps and we can ONLY be a success if you help us reach our goal. As a reward, if you're ok with it, we'd like to post your name and a link to your site on the SerialKickers' website as our way of immortalizing you and your contributions to us and to mankind in general.
Fifteen dollars get's you a little piece of history, a limited edition, numbered print, "Stages" collage that illustrates the development process from bar napkin to blueprint, signed by the whole SerialKicker crew and delivered to YOU. Save it, it might be worth something someday! If you're ok with it, we'd also like to add your name and a link to our website Circle of Support as another way of saying "thanks!".
The first 300 backers will get a complete ArchMount HOT off the press for over 25% off of the estimated retail price! BUT, you have to act FAST! Also, if you give us the "ok" we'll list your name and add a link to your website to our Circle of Support on our website as another way of saying thanks. :)
(Please add $5 additional if you'd like the optional 90° mounting bracket. Add $6 for US shipping, $10 for canada, $15 for international.)
So, maybe you didn't get in on the $22 deal, it's ok! Get the handy, portable ArchMount literally HOT off the press (may cool in transit) and to your house for less than the estimated retail price. Still a great savings on an accessory you'll be proud of. We'd also like to add your name and hyperlink to our Circle of Support on our website (Please add $5 additional if you'd like the optional 90° mounting bracket. Add $6 for US shipping, $10 for canada, $15 for international.)
Contribute thirty four dollars and we will send you an ArchMount with the metal, 90° bracket accessory that provides even more mounting options and is designed to perfectly fit the ArchMount. In addition, we would like to reward you by saying "Thanks" by publishing your name and a hyperlink to your webpage on the SerialKickers' website. (Please add $6 for US shipping, $10 for canada, $15 for international.)
You'll get one of the numbered, limited edition, ArchMount "Stages" print, an ArchMount with 90°, metal mounting bracket and you'll be one of the "insiders"... the first to find out about the follow-up accessory for the ArchMount. Videobloggers! You'll wanna get in on this level right here. ALSO, we'd love to publish your name and website link on the Circle of Support page of our website as a way of saying "THANK YOU!" (Please add $6 for US shipping, $10 for canada, $15 for international.)
Can't decide if you want the Black/Red or Black/Black color combinations? You're not alone. We've had a few people tell us they want one of each, SO we will have a limited run where you can get them BOTH! DOMESTIC SHIPPING INCLUDED! Please add $5 per 90 Bracket, if you'd like one.
The Desktop Edition, great for video conferencing and podcasting, or just keeping your desk tidy while your iPad charges. It even works great as a grip for one handed use. You get the ArchMount, the 90 Bracket AND a ball head, adjustable tripod just like in the desktop pictures we added. DOMESTIC SHIPPING INCLUDED
The Reporter Edition, this ArchMount features a monopod that can be used for boom shots (above the crowd) and it can be folded out into a small footprint tripod, perfect for trade shows and event coverage. You get the ArchMount, the 90 Bracket AND a ball head, adjustable monopod / tripod just like in the Reporter picture we added added at the bottom of our page. DOMESTIC SHIPPING INCLUDED
Contribute a hundred dollars and we will send you a Special Edition Archmount, limited to 100 units. The Special Edition ArchMount stands out with its unique colored bungees, gold plated screws and a color matched 90° bracket accessory that provides even more mounting options and is designed to perfectly fit the ArchMount. In addition, we would like to reward you by saying "Thanks" by publishing your name and a hyperlink to your webpage on the SerialKickers' website. (Please add $6 for US shipping, $10 for canada, $15 for international.)
Limited edition, 3D nylon printed ArchMount unit just like the one you see in the video. This is for the person who doesn't wanna wait for the mass production, injection mold compatible design to be delivered in May. If you drop the $175, you're saying "I WANT THIS AND I WANT IT NOW!" Safe to say, with that kind of attitude, you'll be getting yours first... Caution, there are only 25 of these babies available. If you'd like to have your name and link added to our site, just say "Add Me"! and we will put you on our Circle of Support page. (Please add $6 for US shipping, $10 for canada, $15 for international.)
Wow! We're impressed. The $1K contributor will be the proud owner of the ACTUAL proof of concept, prototype unit seen in the video. Steve normally hoards things like this for their nostalgic value... and as much as it would pang him to let it go, this project HAS to succeed. You'll also get a brand new ArchMount, the 90° bracket kit AND the #0001 collage print signed by the SerialKickers AND if you find yourself in Austin, we'll take you to our favorite burger shop for burger and a beverage... It's our honor. We'd also like to add your name and link to our Circle of Support listing.
What can I say? Drop THIS kind of loot and you get a one-of-a-kind ArchMount reserved for Kings, Sheiks and Rock Stars. Milled from stainless steel and then dipped in gold and custom engraved with your name.
Yes, it's a bit audacious... but for someone so rich and powerful, I'd expect nothing less. ;)