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Jason Y. Morlon - SWIVITBy Jason Y. Morlon - SWIVIT
First created
Jason Y. Morlon - SWIVITBy Jason Y. Morlon - SWIVIT
First created
$20,526
pledged of $45,000pledged of $45,000 goal
621
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, May 14 2014 3:01 PM UTC +00:00

About

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Please visit www.swivit.us for more information and to keep up to date.

Life's greatest moments happen all around us—not just in front of the camera!

We love that GoPro cameras capture everything everywhere, but the current mounts and accessories have a huge limitation: the camera is locked in a single direction. Until now, it’s been challenging and inconvenient to change the camera direction, which involved fumbling with mounts, bolts, linkages, and adjustments.

Well you don’t need to do that anymore.

The SWIVIT PRO gives you the freedom to quickly and easily capture multiple angles—and more of what's going on around you—right in the moment.

So... No matter what, how, or where you film...

The SWIVIT PRO can also:

  • Turn the camera to face backward while not recording, which can help protect lens from debris damage when traveling at higher speeds.
  • Help capture 360° of video while mounted on a tripod or other mounts, giving you better stability and continuity than with handheld filming.
  • Assist with more than just action sports: it’s indispensable at events or during stage and film production.
  • Work with numerous camera and rigging setups to collect B-roll; get simultaneous, multi-angle footage without affecting the main shot, or use it for the main shot, too.
  • Play nice with numerous GoPro and 3rd-party mounts, including many of the ones that have been successfully funded here on Kickstarter!
  • Guarantee offline, analog simplicity:
No connections required. No OS dependencies. No worries...
No connections required. No OS dependencies. No worries...

And the biggest perk of them all: VERSATILITY! 

From surfing to snowmobiling to racing a taxi driver in Mexico, the uses are endless...

Several years ago, while out riding motorcycles with a few friends on some twisty NorCal roads, I realized I needed a SWIVIT PRO. (It just took a little while to figure out what that looked like.)

That day, I was the only one with a camera and I wanted to be able to film my friends riding in front of me, plus when they were behind or next to me. However, every time I wanted to get those other angles of footage, it meant pulling over, parking the bike, taking off my gloves, flipping the camera, and checking the alignment, then getting back on the road. When I’m alone, this is an inconvenience, but in a group, it’s almost not worth the trouble.

So, I did what we've all had to do for years: resigned myself to putting in the additional time and effort to change the direction my camera was pointing.

In Fall 2012, I found myself roadtripping through Mexico in a car, running into the same old challenges. Although my GoPro was conveniently mounted within arm’s reach near the driver-door mirror (which let me turn the camera off and on whenever I wanted), the camera was still stuck in a single direction. Once again, I was missing the opportunity to capture so much more on my travels, and alone on the side of the road fiddling with mounts and cameras.

It was pretty much at that moment, I knew the SWIVIT PRO needed to come to life and I was going to be the guy to create it.

Inspiration and concepts.
Inspiration and concepts.

When I sat down to design and develop my first prototype, I realized that this mount wasn’t just for motorcyclists (or people in cars doing their best Jeremy Clarkson impersonation). Done right, the SWIVIT PRO could be one of the simplest and most functional tools for all GoPro users.

With this goal in mind, I decided to take the leap of faith. I was going to quit my job, found SWIVIT, and start working on making this whole thing a reality.

Now that I’ve nearly reached that goal, I hope you'll all believe in—and benefit from—the SWIVIT PRO as much as I do. Thanks!

I decided to start with 3D printing, and to make the process quick and easy, the initial prototype was minimalistic, at best.

It served as a great proof of concept, but had all the charm of an ugly little hockey puck. Clearly, the design had to improve dramatically...

First 3D-printed prototype for proof of concept.
First 3D-printed prototype for proof of concept.

I wouldn’t be able to 3D-print the prototype anymore, as it had to be strong enough to handle whatever testing we could throw at it. Injection-molding was out, too, since that wasn’t going to be cost-effective for a couple of one-off prototypes.

With this in mind, it made sense to mill the next prototypes from aluminum . Along with the strength needed for testing, this kept it affordable.

Machining Prototype 2 for real-world testing.
Machining Prototype 2 for real-world testing.

The second prototype improved the look and feel (I wanted to design something out of the norm) but, due to the redesign, limited the vertical range of motion of the camera. After a couple of uses, I got back to sketching, and made another round of corrections and adjustments for the third prototype.

Perfectly balancing the simplicity of design and function, this third and final prototype is what I hope to produce and deliver to backers.

Third prototype’s CNC work and post-anodizing.
Third prototype’s CNC work and post-anodizing.

The prototype being tested today is also milled aluminum, but was polished to a shine and anodized black to show you what I intend the final product to look like.

If this project’s funding goals are met, the SWIVIT PRO will be injection-molded from the same quality, high-strength polycarbonate plastics that are used to create many other mounts and accessories available today.

             The SWIVIT PRO will NOT be made from aluminum.

Also, you will notice that the small acorn nut holder is missing on a prototype.  This was done on purpose to make the CNC process happen.

The current design proved challenging enough to mill out, and the addition of that would have added many more hours worth of work, at the expense of possibly breaking not only the prototype, but possibly the CNC machine or drill bits as well. Rest assured, that little bolt holder will be in the final version as seen below...

2 design ideas for the acorn nut holder. Standard and stylized.
2 design ideas for the acorn nut holder. Standard and stylized.

Of course, if this project doesn’t meet the funding goals, then you don’t pay a penny.

(That also means no product or rewards, and that’s a bit of a bummer, so let's do this!)

This campaign can make the SWIVIT PRO a reality, and I don’t plan on stopping there.

We all agree that any product/company should think about evolution and growth, and with your help—and, most importantly, your input/feedback—I hope this is just the beginning.

I took a chance to get this far, but I can’t do it alone. With a little bit of support, we can grow into a skilled team that continues to deliver simple, affordable, and versatile products and accessories for all of us

We all strive to meet deadlines. Of course, sometimes things happen, so please understand that these are approximate dates.

I’m just as excited about the SWIVIT PRO as you are, so if it's possible to deliver ahead of schedule on ANY of these approximate dates, I will! You have my word...

The infographic below is a top level view of each reward you could select as a backer.  Please refer to the sidebar along the right side for more details before you select one.  Also, remember that you are free to donate whatever amount you like.  You are not required to only donate the amount that is set for each reward. If you are not interested in a mount, or any of the other rewards but would still like to help the cause, just select the $1 backer level, and hand type the amount that you would like to donate.  For any other questions, please see the side bar for details, or the FAQs.  THANK YOU!

For those interested in more than one SWIVIT PRO please refer to the chart below to see exactly what your pledge amount should be for the backer level you are in...

 If you have further questions, please check out Update #1 for details.

 After several requests, I figured there was no reason not to announce THE POSSIBILITY of having the SWIVIT PRO done in different colors. While most mounts and accessories are typically black, I think it would be cool to have a product that matches your personality. Maybe you want to be color coordinated while out there capturing life's greatest moments. Ride a Ducati? Perhaps you'd like a red or white mount. Kawasaki? Green it is. Like the SF Giants? Orange or black would work for you then. Dodgers (I'm sorry) Blue for you. Surfing? Blue or perhaps a Green Flash? Maybe you want to match your racing team colors? Maybe you just think black is boring. Whatever the case, you want to be different. And I’m here to help.

Remember... Possible colors. Not a pledge option yet.
Remember... Possible colors. Not a pledge option yet.

So here’s how this will work. If you are a backer for $20 or above, you will be able to vote on what the next color will be. This will be based solely on backer votes, so if green is the winner and you don’t like green, you’ll just have to stick with black. However, if the funding goal is met and I can work out a cost effective way to do it, then I will move on to the 2nd most popular color, then 3rd, and so on. I would love to see lots of little SWIVITSKITTLES out in the wild but we’ve got a little ways to go still.

I will be putting together the color survey soon, so don’t miss your chance to get in on the voting!

Lastly, I would like raise a glass and toast my friends and family (and even some strangers) who have encouraged me, pushed me, answered questions, given feedback, and most importantly, put up with my rambling on about ideas and frustrations over the past year. It’s been a whirlwind and I appreciate you all more than words can express.

The SWIVIT® PRO is designed for use with GoPro® products, and is not affiliated with, sponsored or endorsed by GoPro. GoPro® and HERO® are registered trademarks of Woodman Labs, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

Risks and challenges

~ RISKS AND CHALLENGES ~

All projects can potentially run into difficulties, but with proper planning, most issues can be resolved quickly—or better still, avoided entirely.

This is a list of potential issues that I have my eyes on:

* Availability of specific resources and materials for production
* Unforeseen events in manufacturing, production, and QA
* Customs
* Shipping and delivery

All backers will be kept up-to-date on how things are progressing.

Above all, I want to make sure that you have an outstanding experience as part of supporting my project.

Should any issues arise, you can expect me to provide the highest standard of customer service to find a prompt, satisfactory resolution.

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    1. Big Thanks! Every dollar really does count... Easiest method to get backer only updates and information as the project moves forward...

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    2. STICKER PACK - Help promote the SWIVIT PRO while doing what makes you awesome! Get a handful of stickers to stick on your helmet, bike, board, gear or your vehicle! Just stick em up!

    You'll also receive a thank you postcard, your name on the contributor page on the website and backer only updates and information as the project moves forward...

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    3. OVERACHIEVERS! For showing up to the meeting early, you'll receive a SWIVIT PRO in standard Jet Black at superduper pricing, stickers, name on the website in the overachiever section, and you'll be one of the first ones to receive yours when they roll off the line...

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    5. UNCLE SAM SPECIAL - Spend your tax return wisely this year by helping SWIVIT. Get your SWIVIT PRO in Jet Black at a super price, stickers, name on the website, and be one of the second group to receive yours!

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    4. TEE ME - Get a premium SWIVIT tee to rock while out having fun doing all your favorite activities. **To get a SWIVIT PRO AND A TEE, please select the the appropriate mount reward available (of the 3 tiers) and manually add $20 to your pledge. You will be able to select your size later in the campaign. Estimated delivery date is for TEE only. Your mount will arrive separately.

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    6. EARLY ADOPTERS - Get your SWIVIT PRO in Jet Black, stickers, name on the website, and of course a huge thanks for making this all happen...

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    7. HAT ME - Receive your SWIVIT PRO in Jet Black, sticker pack, name on website, and a premium SWIVIT surf/skate style trucker hat to keep the sun out of your hard charging eyes!

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    8. Receive your SWIVIT PRO in Jet Black, sticker pack, and a personally signed "backer" poster for your shop, garage, cubicle, bathroom, or over your fireplace...

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    9. MOVIE DEAL - Receive your SWIVIT PRO in Jet Black, stickers, name on the website, tee, PLUS your own role in a SWIVIT promo video. As you start to capture your own amazing footage with the SWIVIT PRO, you'll be able to submit your name and footage to be compiled into a future promo video which we will spam the planet with. Think you've got what it takes to be a movie star? Here's your chance...

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    10. The Beard vs. The Straight Razor - A battle of epic facial hair destruction all to witness. After this, no other horror movie will ever scare you again. All to be documented in glorious high resolution, edited into a 60 second short film crediting you as Executive Producer, and then posted online for the world to witness. *(all tears shed, and there will be a lot, will be bottled and donated to science.) Oh, you'll also get everything we make or print up as well...

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Funding period

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