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Keyprop is a Smartphone Stand Disguised as Key, Actually Looks Useful for $15 on Kickstarter

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When I took my first glance at the Keyprop on Kickstarter, I’ve got to admit that I initially laughed it off as another silly Kickstarter smartphone-related campaign that I’d probably never think about again. But for some reason, I found myself watching the promo video for it, then looking at the pictures in the posting, saw the use cases, and then couldn’t help but hope it was reasonably priced. Thankfully, it was because this is actually something I could see being pretty useful in a pinch or even on a regular basis. 

Keyprop is a smartphone stand that comes in a variety of colors and fits easily onto your keychange, disguising itself as nothing but another key. It runs $15, and should work on almost any smartphone including the Galaxy S3 and Nexus 4 (iPhones too). The tip of the key has a couple of notches that can either fit inside the charging port of your device or the headphone jack, which helps it stabilize your device in an upright position. You can even adjust your keyring to provide other angles for better viewing. Seriously, it’s kind of brilliant.

It has 8 days to go still and is about 60% funded, so there is no guarantee that this will happen. But for those looking for an always-with-them smartphone stand, give it a view.

Via:  Kickstarter

Cheers garbagedick!

  • reggie1225

    Keyprop, you had my curiosity, but now you have my attention.

  • BubbleSort

    They couldn’t figure out a way to fit a bottle opener on it?

  • frankandsimple

    clever.

  • kilbasar

    Eh. If I’m propping up my phone to watch a video (90% of the uses for this), I’m probably using the headphone jack. Why doesn’t it just prop with the front/back of the phone? They had me with the size/convenience, but using the headphone jack kills it.

  • aholland1

    Or you can get one of these that already cleared Kickstarter and doesn’t look like you’re carrying around a child’s toy and is also adjustable for pretty much any phone size: http://www.gripzila.com/

    • garbagedick

      how would that be better than something hidden as a regular key? idgi

      • aholland1

        Why does it need to be hidden? I think it still makes a good addition to a keyring and stands out as a useful tool without being too obtrusive. The Gripzila just looks more versatile imo even if it does have moving parts, especially if your USB port isn’t on the bottom of your phone. To each their own though :)

        • garbagedick

          i dont think you can use the flat part in the USB port, that flat part is for the lightning connector on the iphone 5. this uses the headphone jack on any other device but the iphone 5

  • Mark2134

  • http://stockhorizon.com/ Evan@StockHorizon

    Off topic but could not help but notice that Alison at the end is from the Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius show:
    http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/the-big-brain-theory/bios/alison-wong.htm

    • d1ckdame

      I love that show. I was mad when her team lost this week.

  • http://twitter.com/vdefender Taylor A.

    Unfortunately I don’t see a need for a kickstarter here… Or a manufacturing process. I’ll just draw this up on SolidWorks and send it to Shapeways.com. You guys can wait for your kickstarter, I’ll have mine printed and mailed to me by next week for $15

    http://www.shapeways.com/search?q=cell+phone+stand

    • binqker

      Totally right! Go patent this. hahaha start making em

    • UncleBert

      Sure. I’ll just fire up my SolidWorks that I have here on my home computer.

  • lamfeihong

    you can’t use a head phone with this unless you have an iphone 5! how do you watch movies on any other device????

    • FAL_Fan

      Jlab bluetooth headphones work wonders.

  • mechapathy

    Yes…garbagedick…

  • Ian

    $15 worth of plastic and manufacturing cost? …I don’t see it

    • EraserXIV

      Yea.. this looks like something you buy on Amazon for $5 to push you over to get free shipping. It is pretty nifty though, I have to admit..

      • Ian

        The idea is solid. Execution looks to leave something desired

    • http://twitter.com/vdefender Taylor A.

      I’ll just draw this up on SolidWorks and send it to Shapeways.com. Everyone can wait for this rip off kickstarter, I’ll have mine printed and mailed to me by next week for $15

      • http://twitter.com/jheyneman James Heyneman

        Let me know when/if you do that. I’d be interested.

        • http://twitter.com/vdefender Taylor A.

          Ok, I’m talking with a friend now about getting it done. Log onto shapeways in a couple weeks and search for it, I’ll try to have it on there by then.

          • http://twitter.com/jheyneman James Heyneman

            Bonus points if you can figure out a way to get it to work without filling my headphone port on my GS3! :)

          • EraserXIV

            Make the thunderbolt connector portion the size of a microusb slot. Everyone wins.

  • jbernste03

    i backed it…why not

    • Bradley

      me too.. i like this idea

  • cashclay

    Am I the only one concerned with the weight of my device stressing any port (head phone jack/usb), simply to stand up my device so I don’t have to hold it? Doesn’t seem worth it to me. Just a thought

    • mcdonsco

      Youre not the only one that thought of it…agreed.

      • michael arazan

        I use my coffee cup to prop up my phone, or some other beverage container. Guess my cups are multitaskers now.

    • http://www.facebook.com/SunroofBandit Richard Flores

      “Stressing a port”…. LOL It’s totally going to break all those cheap plastic made phones! Watch out!…. LMAO

    • calculatorwatch

      I don’t think it would do that much damage. But I’m definitely concerned about it taking up the head phone jack. Half the times that I want to prop up my phone I’m watching something that I want to listen to through headphones. Either not to bother other people, or just so it sounds better than out of my crappy quiet speaker (applies to any phone other than the HTC One).

  • http://twitter.com/pokemontez pokemontez

    Yes officer, they stole my keys, too. They were plugged into my phone….. No this isn’t a joke!

    • Boles

      Lol. See my earlier post.

  • Uncle Paul

    Add USB Key storage to it and Im ALL IN!

    • joejoe5709

      That was my first thought as well actually!

  • Boles

    Very efficient — that tweaker who has been watching you since you first sat down in the coffee shop can steal your phone AND your keys while your back is turned. Awesome! ;)

  • garbagedick

    Thanks for the props ;-)

    • http://twitter.com/vdefender Taylor A.

      I see what you did there.

      • garbagedick

        it really is me ironically enough

        • Arlington Albertson

          ..lol you missed the “I see what you did there”…. It was that you said “props”…get it? lol

  • normmcgarry

    That doesn’t look like it would work well at all.

  • jnt

    And I’d find this pretty handy, honestly… just one more key, and my keys and my phones are the two things always in my front pockets.

  • jnt

    Love the name of your source… lol

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Almost went “garbaged*ck” but it just wouldn’t be the same.

  • Chiaroscuro7

    If it plugs into the headphone jack, how can I listen to music, videos etc?

  • http://twitter.com/belogical2 Be Logical

    No Android app and they don’t currently have time to build one

    • garbagedick

      sell the code to an iOS friend to offset the price!

  • Stewie

    Better be non-conducting, do you really want to be shoving something other than the charger jack into the charger recepticle? Then, I thought about the units with glass or checp plastic back, in the heat of whatever you’re doing and it knocks loose, it will go over onto your other keys … hmmmmmm … pass.

    • Rabid Rotty

      It’s plastic Dan, you fail, Go back to science 101. There you will find that plastic is a non-conductive material.

      • Stewie

        My name isnt Dan, but you are full of fail. Especially if you purchase that. You must be proud trying to be half the man you’re mother was …

        • http://twitter.com/turdbogls Turdbogls

          wow, where did this guy come from. Mr. Grumpy pants today :/

        • Rabid Rotty

          Well Stewie, I never said i was going to purchase this, or even gave this product any type of opinion, so your comment is actually full of fail. Oh yeah don’t worry, tell your mom that the child support is in the mail. I know a little late this month, but since the courts ruled you in the special needs category, they upped my payments. I guess Blue Hockey helmets are at a premium

      • Blue Sun

        That is so not accurate at all. Not all plastics are non-conductive materials.

        • Rabid Rotty

          My apologies, Generally speaking. I wasn’t about to go into a grade 3 science class rant for one guy that doesn’t have the common sense to realize, that the developers of this would use conductive material.

          • Blue Sun

            Point taken. I totally agree with your point.

          • Rabid Rotty

            Thanks, Also i did a quick edit, I forgot the word not (LOL)

          • Blue Sun

            Funny enough my eyes inserted the “not” when I first read it even though it was not there.

          • Rabid Rotty

            LOL, I should of kept my mouth shut on the edit no one would of been the wiser.

    • mx

      If you took a few seconds to watch the video you would have heard them say that is it polycarbonite (plastic) with over molded TPE (rubber). No conductive materials at all.

      • Stewie

        Read second half, will knock over too easily, hence – not need to watch video. Thanks for wasting your post on a long time member here.

        • Ian

          Put a case on it turbo. Or better yet lay your keys so that should the phone knock loose it won’t touch the keys.

          p.s. long time member is not a license to be a dick.

          • FAL_Fan

            +1

        • mx

          And you of course know it will knock over too easily because you have used one right?

          I didn’t realize taking the time to respond to you to help clarify one of your assumptions was a waste of a post. Thanks, ill keep that in mind next time.

          • Rabid Rotty

            Lois hasn’t changed Stewie’s diaper yet, and Rupert gave him HIV. Also the little guy hasn’t had his nap.

  • Jaime Lefebvre

    $15 for a molded piece of plastic? Great idea, but that’s way more than I would pay for this.

    • sc0rch3d

      it reminded me of something i would see on the “As Seen on TV” shelves at Wal Mart expecting to pay buck 99.

  • AMPthe13th

    Great idea overall. Wish it didn’t mess with my headphone jack though. Often when I would want to prop my phone up in such a way I would also want to plug my x-mini speaker into it for better quality audio. Still might purchase one.

  • 3M4NU31

    I mught just back this project! Looks very handy

  • Dan

    Who has keys these days?

    • AMPthe13th

      I do… for one.

      • Rabid Rotty

        Dan doesn’t own keys, he is homeless

        • AMPthe13th

          Is he that dude with the laptop held together by duct tape I always see camped out at McDonald’s using their WiFi?

        • Big EZ

          No, he installed a keyless system in his pinto.

          • Dan

            Janitor

        • Dan

          Only ganitors and old people have keys, I have a grage door opener and a fob for my pricy car

        • Dan

          What a joke.. Honda = Poor

          • AMPthe13th

            Yes. I work but I don’t make much money. What of it? You need to get over yourself, sir. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBHZFYpQ6nc

          • Dan

            Stop crying and go back to school.

          • AMPthe13th

            It just so happens I work at a University so I’m already at a school. Thanks for the suggestion though. Stop being an internet tough guy and go back to being a dick to everyone you perceive as inferior to you in the real world instead. At least they can give you the punch to the face that you deserve.

          • Ian

            Proper syntax is Honda == Poor. Assigning Poor to Honda is illogical and probably won’t compile.

        • Rabid Rotty

          Not only has Dan failed Science(see his first post), is homeless, but he actually failed English, quick let’s test his math, Hey Dan what is 2+2?

        • Dan

          Quite the opposite, that is why I have no keys.. If you have a car key.. you my friend have no money.. and if your not pulling into your garage.. you my friend have no money

          • Mark Mann

            so you don’t lock your front door? have a key for that locking gas cap on your ultra expensive car?

          • Dan

            This isn’t the 80′s they don’t make those anymore pal

          • Mark Mann

            they don’t make front doors?

          • FAL_Fan

            Keys or locking gas caps? Either way you are quite off base.

          • Mark2134

            Stop

          • Dan

            In my neighborhood we don’t need to lock our doors.

          • EraserXIV

            Wait guys, hold on. Don’t start posting again until my popcorn is finished. I don’t want to miss any of this.

          • mcdonsco

            Me thinks we should all ignore dan as hes either a complete idiot or a troll.

          • csanders

            Hey Dan, mind posting your address? I’d love to go sit across the street from your house and record your pricy garage door code with a cheap $16 universal remote, then casually walk in through your pricy garage, past your pricy car, and borrow all of your pricy possessions. Maybe then I could sell them and stop having no money.

          • Mark Mann

            but then you wouldn’t have a keychain to be able to use this phone stand, because then you would have money, and thus no reason to have keys

          • FAL_Fan

            So stuck with no keys once again…if only Dan had keys! Oh well, back to being poor, though suddenly poor doesn’t seem so bad after all, at least I can use this!

          • joejoe5709

            I hate to feed the trolls, but it’s you’re not your.

          • Bradley

            So Dan… I have keys. i’m not poor, but I OWN my OWN Business..which requires you to have keys to open the door. While you work at a cubicle, for me, I will use my keys to let you in each day.

    • joejoe5709

      Maybe I’m just “poor”, but I’m fairly sure most keyless car fobs still have a keyring on them. Yes? No reason to be insulting. Jeeze.