Zen Mount Corporation, a California-based technology company, today announced the launch of its proprietary product, the Zen Mount, a first-of-its-kind telescoping digital gadget mount, that went into production earlier this month in advance of a 30-day Kickstarter campaign that launched on September 13, 2017 and reached its funding goal within the first week.
How Did Idea Come to Fruition?
Brainchild of founder James Lin — with additional engineering contributions by co-founder Matt Tarney, M.Sc., Engineering — the Zen
Mount is a patented technology that achieves simultaneous locking of the two ball joints. The final design iteration is based on translating a rotary motion of an internal shaft to a linear motion that creates high forces against a steel ball joint to prevent movement.
Who Uses Zen Mount and How?
The who uses an iPad, table, mobile telephone, GoPro or SLR camera or any other gadget that is used for entertainment, education or communication.
The Zen Mount also transforms into a solid and sturdy standing desk for anyone wanting to reap the health benefits of standing position for a portion of their work day.
What is the Technology Behind Zen Mount?
Zen Mount was engineered with ease-of-use and optimal versatility in mind to address specific and unique-to-the-user positioning that is made possible by the Zen Mount Simul-Lock ™ that provides unprecedented ease and optimized positioning.
The mount locks both ball joints simultaneously at any telescopic arm length with not one but two threaded all shafts sustained by torsion and able to collapse and expand with the telescoping movement of the arm. All components were designed on Solidworks 3D CAD, compatible with the manufacturing processes to eliminate errors between design intent and the final product. Since its first iteration that used wire cables to control the locking and unlocking of the two swivel balls at each en of the telescopic arm, the company went back to the drawing board to create a one-click, one-hand, telescoping mount with an expanded range of motion and easier operability.
The Zen Mount creative team looked into mechanical connections including a relatively complex gearing system but ultimately decided on a simple drive pin design that interlocks the control knob and drive shaft so the knob and shaft turn together with one twist of the control knob. The final design incorporates the unique solution of using a cam and brake lever system.
“We improved on the Zen Mount original design to systems to anchor the arm and adapters, at the opposite end, to accommodate the numerous devices that could benefit from Zen Mounts positional capabilities. It was painful to watch my children arched over a iPad when reading, so we created a mount that would not only help with improved posture, but would contribute to ease of productivity for myself in digital photography, videography, cooking – and a universe of uses required by users of digital technologies,” said Lin.
Zen Mount has ensured optimal manufacturability of its arm assembly and accessories and enhanced performance and durability of its product by use of high quality engineered molded resin, stainless steel where exceptional strength is needed and high-grade aluminum where strength and weight are a factor.
Zen Mount has created adapters and functionalities that are specifically geared to users of digital technologies such as laptops, tablets, Smart phones, DSLR cameras, GoPro and other video recording devices, video monitors and other personal electronics that weigh under 5-pounds.
Co-founder Matt Tarney advises that all preparations necessary for the manufacturing process are in place and have passed a pre-Kickstarter production run.
“Zen Mount metal parts are made by CNC machining or extrusions. Plastic parts are made from precision steel injection molds that were machined using the original Solidworks 3D data. With funding around the corner, Zen Mount has lined up best-in-class vendors to immediately begin production of Zen Mount parts at specific dimensional tolerances needed for optimal functioning. Assembly will take place in the United States for quality assurance purposes,” Tarney concluded.