HERE IS THE PROMO VIDEO NOW ON YOUTUBE - 'ULTIMA' World's Finest Universal In Car Holder Dock Mount - YouTube
Would love to share my project that is very close to going into production, it’s called ‘Ultima’ and we believe it to be the finest example of a universal smartphone holder for your car on the market.
STORY BEHIND THE PROJECT
I began this project over a year ago because I was looking for a holder for my iPhone 3GS (phone at the time so about 2 years ago) so I actually made a holder out of stock gps holder parts and it actually worked great, the only issue was I made it fit my iPhone 3Gs with it’s specific case I had on the phone so it was useless without a case and of course any other phone.
Since getting an iPhone 4 I had the issue of the holder being useless also so was on the lookout for a holder, what I found wasn’t very good at all. I actually bought the Tom Tom holder for $160 Aus and it worked great for about a day and then the locking mech on the suction cup got very loose and wouldn’t really stick much and of course the fact you couldn’t use it with a case and most people I know use a case with their iPhone 4. I also used other very cheap holder that either had a goose neck that would wobble all over the place or simply would just stop working. So I decided to design my own the way I thought it was always meant to be.
Another large part of the driving force behind creating a very nice design was that todays smartphones have some great designs, especially the iPhone 4 in my opinion so I thought we spend so much money on these stylish phones but we hold them with cheap plastic holder that tend to wobble all over the place, fall of the windscreen or won’t work with a case so now I believe you can finally HOLD STYLE WITH STYLE
FEATURES OF THE PRODUCT: ULTIMA
It is made mostly out of Aluminium which i’ve never personally seen before in a car holder. Done for a quality build and great look.
The locking mech for the suction cup locks in and cannot go any further so it won’t wear from locking too far or hard.
Larger suction cup to stay on your windscreen far longer and to accommodate many different weights of phones.
Can be adjusted from portrait to landscape and back again with ease.
Now the last and main function of the holder, to actually holder your phone.
The mechanism we used from my knowledge has never been used in a phone holder before, sure you may think that there are other holders that press in from the side and this is true but it’s the way Ultima does this that makes it stand out. I wanted an adjusting action that was easy to use, smooth, silent and that would of course hold your phone so it won’t’ fall out.
This is actually what we achieved. You press and hold the release button to open the holder, place your phone in on the left side and press in the sides until it clamps onto your phone. Now surprisingly you do need to press very hard at all for it to grip and the best thing about it is that is has (again from my knowledge) the most accurate adjustment so it depends on how much you press and once you press it will not move outwards until you press the release button, even if you apply force.
Again other holders I tried with a similar holding adjustment would only adjust is measured increments so was a bit hit and miss depending on the dimensions of your phone. Not to mention they were very noisy, felt cheap and eventually stopped working.
I do have a working prototype and it is by far the best holder I have ever used.
I actually launched this project on Kickstarter but due to lack of exposure I felt It wouldn’t reach it’s funding goal in time so I have just re-launched with a much lower funding goal and also pledge points so for those who are interested you can check out more info at: Ultima - Best In Car Holder Dock Mount for iPhone and more! by NKMOS — Kickstarter
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