At a family vacation two years ago, software developer Hussain Rangwala kept fumbling with an awkwardly-designed GPS stand for his phone, having to mount it and dismount it from a rental car just to take pictures.
A self-professed “maker at heart,” Rangwala sought to find a more versatile way to interact with his phone, which he uses for “basically everything these days,” including videoconferencing. When no suitable options were found in the market, he took matters into his own hands and created the Uboh: a portable five-in-one stand for tablets and mobile phones.
The pocket-sized accessory serves as a car mount, tripod stand and a magnetic holder. It comes with a “nano suction cup” and allows users to adjust their devices in multiple angles.
The Exton, Pa.-based developer patented, 3D-printed and assembled the first prototype of the Uboh stand.
“I wanted something that could be versatile enough so people don’t have to go out and buy multiple things,” Rangwala said.
To take things to the next level, he launched a $15,000 Indiegogo campaign to fund the mass-production run of the Uboh, which will be injection-molded.
“After the campaign, I want to sell it through ecommerce sites like Amazon and Shopify,” Rangwala, 34, said.
Early backers can get first dibs on a stand for $24, and the product will start shipping in October.-30-
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