Gravity Defying Smartphone Holder actually uses gravity

Last week, I came across the video below, and it made me wonder how this smartphone holder worked. The stop-motion animation shows both metal and plastic objects clinging to the holder’s surface, so magnetism was out. I tweeted about it, Ideasbynet offered to send me a sample. It arrived today, and I think I have it figured out now.

The holder itself is made out of plastic, but the dark rectangle on the front is silicone. That patch of silicone isn’t sticky (no glue), but it offers extreme friction. And because it’s at an angle, gravity pushes your device onto it. The result is that the phone doesn’t slide off, but seems to levitate. Nifty.

My HTC Desire has a camera that extrudes slightly, so the back of the phone is not entirely flat. Because of this, the total contact area between phone and holder is smaller, but it still sticks perfectly. I can’t turn the holder upside-down, like with the iPhone 4 in the video, but I wasn’t planning to anyway.

Unfortunately, ideasbynet only sells these in quantities of 100 or more. So you’ll have to talk your boss into giving them out as promotional gifts, or at Christmas or something. Shouldn’t be too hard, given the holder’s geeky appeal, or should I say “gravitational pull”?

Roy | October 21, 2011 | English,Gadgets,ideas | Comments (4)
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  1. Nice find. I especially like the musical theme they chose for the video. If only I could have one of those. It doesn’t take up electricity and I sure as hell would love to give it as a Christmas present

    Comment by haopee — October 21, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

  2. I really like this one. I will try to persuade my boss to take it as a gift for our customers. Thanks

    Comment by Celine — November 11, 2011 @ 12:25 am

  3. Very cool. One of those things you would try to break (how much weight can it take, type thing) Although I think it will tip over before something slides off for being too heavy. Also it looks like they raided an industry trade show goodie bag for things to hang on it (besides the phones). Thanks for the cool find.

    Comment by Warren — December 20, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

  4. may be this is the alternative solution to make a real working spiderman suit beside years waiting being bitten by rare insects

    Comment by redchass — January 24, 2012 @ 11:41 am