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About this project

Thank you for supporting our first Kickstarter!  

We did not reach our minimum backing during this campaign, so we will be releasing the stand later in the year, in-time for Christmas 2016.  For more info and to get updates, see our website.

New Product Video: Dinner and a Movie

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Origins

I developed this stand out of my personal desire to have the sleekest and most adaptable device stand for a new phone. My current phone (an HTC EVO 4G LTE) was the last one developed with a built-in kickstand. After realizing this, I came up with the idea for the perfect universal keychain stand. These were my minimal requirements:

  • Universal design (works with any phone) 
  • Keychain form factor, small and flat 
  • Works with or without a bulky case 
  • Does not block the headphone or charging jacks 
  • Variable tilt and vertical positions (watching or photographing)
  • No adhesives (transfer among phones) 
  • Premium, lightweight material (no cheap plastic)

I started engineering it (see the concept and prototypes below), worked with some manufacturers to produce it, and have now released this Kickstarter to the community so a few others can enjoy the experience of owning the VoteMatrix Mobile Phone Stand.

Backer Experience (step by step)

  • Back any of the options on the right hand side
  • You will only be charged if we meet our $9,000 goal
  • You can change your order at any time before the end, so back high initially and reduce later if needed
  • March 15 - If we meet our goal I will send out a questionnaire to confirm the details of your reward and you vote to choose the best prototype.
  • March 18 - All questionnaires due back, then I submit order to the manufacturer.  Stands for events in April will be rushed.
  • April 8-15 - Receive bulk shipment from manufacturer and mail out your rewards
  • April 15-20 - You receive your reward stand(s) plus extras
  • You show your friends the stand and have them try to figure out what it is and how to use it, they fail miserably but may come up with some interesting alternative uses.
  • You use the stand.  Your friends are impressed.  Onlookers comment, "What is that?", "That's a cool little phone stand!", or  "Where did you get that?"   (I have personally experienced these while using the prototypes)

Base Features:

  • Smaller than the typical automotive remote
  • Lightweight and sturdy polished aluminum body construction, much nicer than the cheap plastic options
  • Adjustable arms to hold objects from 0 to 1" thick (+- 1/16")
  • Collapses and locks closed for low profile pocket and keychain storage
  • Keychain loop crevice for lay-flat usage
  • Works on most cell-phones, tablets, and video players including Android, IPhone, IPod, Windows, and others.
  • Tripod mount threads (for photographers and videographers)

Primary Uses:

  • Really cool way to take timed, voice activated, or smile recognition photos with your mobile phone (portrait or landscape, 90 degree or variable)
  • Watch movies and shows on your phone with Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, or other media player.  Works well with headphones.
  • Video chat or web conference with Skype, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, WebEx or other app.
  • Slimline design wedges easily in-between objects for makeshift tripod use (headrest, car vents)
  • Tripod mount adapter for mobile phones. Great for photographers who allow guests to use their tripod to take pictures with their phones or to hold a phone that is live streaming or video conferencing the event.

Creative Uses:

  • At a conference/presentation: Hold business cards, badge scanner, or phone/tablet demo
  • Surprise your loved one with cards, tickets, letters, video, jewelry, or a photo presented with this stand. A must have if you're surprising someone with a new home/vehicle, because the keys are attached. If you are planning on doing this, let me know and I can etch a personalized message (date + event) on the stand.  
  • Name-card holder and take-home gift for the wedding party or VIPs at an event. If you are planning on doing this, let me know and I can etch a personalized message (date + event) on the stand., Ex: "Thanks for supporting our marriage! Use this to support your phone."
  • Party game: clamp it to a body part and see how long it will stay while performing another task
  • Measure small items, as with a caliper
  • Idle hand exercise: Way more fun to play with (and less annoying) than clicking the top of a pen
  • Clamp an original paper to your laptop monitor or tablet for transcription
  • Hold something you have glued together so it can dry
  • Showcase collectible card(s): Sports, Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, etc. at a sale or event
  • Toddler distractor: make it talk like a duck, walk like a pig, or pretend it's a phaser

Reward Extras:  (see FAQs at bottom to order multiple stands)

  • $13 reward
    • Small keychain ring
  • $15 reward
    • Small keychain ring
    • 2x Quick release swivel lobster clasps
  • $17 reward
    • Small keychain ring
    • 2x Quick release swivel lobster clasps
    • Metric and imperial rulers etched onto the edge of the stand
  • $19 reward (Ships anywhere in the world)
    • Small keychain ring
    • 2x Quick release swivel lobster clasps
    • Metric and imperial rulers etched onto the edge of the stand
    • An additional add-on piece (in development) for more surface area on larger devices

Referrals:

  • If you refer a friend who also backs this project at $13 or more, you will get 1 free upgrade to the $19 reward for each referral. You will need to provide the email of your friends at Kickstarter completion for verification.

History (I will be adding to this over the next few days):

  • Concept - With OneNote
Concept Drawing
Concept Drawing
  • Design - Using SketchUp
Component Design
Component Design
  •  Design - Mechanics animation using SketchUp
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  • Prototype 1 (too large, but functional) - May 2015
1st prototype 3D printed by Consensus Orthopedics
1st prototype 3D printed by Consensus Orthopedics
  • Prototype 2

Video coming soon!

  • Final Prototypes (A and B)

Final Prototype A is displayed in the main video and the size comparison picture. Picture of Final Prototype B coming soon! At the end of the Kickstarter we will vote on the best prototype to help determine which manufacturer to use.

Size Reference

This picture shows the stand next to a Toyota Prius remote, a AA battery, and a quarter.

Size Reference
Size Reference

Support voters by supporting your phone!

At VoteMatrix our primary mission is to enhance the voting experience, educate voters, and keep politicians accountable. This phone stand was developed to spread word about VoteMatrix and help fund our voting information apps. Our current development project is the VoteMatrix Mobile Ballot Application which will let you find your polling place, research candidates and measures, and fill out a sample ballot on your computer or mobile device. Vote smart with VoteMatrix!

Risks and challenges

We need sufficient funding for this Kickstarter to manufacture the device at a reasonable price. We can do this with at least $9,000 in stands. This will be injection molded aluminum construction so any less than this will increase costs.

The only other risks are manufacturer quality issues or shipping delays. I will mitigate these by only using a manufacturer with solid references and good standing and by using insured shipping. I have also padded the shipping date to account for most delays. We already have 2 prototypes developed from our top 2 manufacturers and are ready to start production as soon as the Kickstarter ends.

If there are delays or issues, backers will be given a full refund if they do not wish to wait for the resolution.

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    1 VoteMatrix Keychain Stand

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    Wedding/VIP Package - Early Bird
    1 - $19 level stand (use to stream the event)
    6 - $15 level stands (VIP/wedding party gifts)
    Custom message or graphic on all stands
    Priority processing to meet a date in April

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    20 VoteMatrix Keychain Stands @ $13 level.
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    100 VoteMatrix Keychain Stands @ $13 level.
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    100 VoteMatrix Keychain Stands @ 15 level.
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    1000 VoteMatrix Keychain Stands @ $13 level.
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    *Anodized to your custom color (golden stand?)
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