myLifter Turns Smartphone Brains Into Bulk-Hoisting Brawn

Having been requested by a neighbor to assist haul her kayak onto her SUV one weekend morning final summer season and discovering it fairly troublesome — that is with two of us doing the lifting — I noticed myLifter as an apparent selection for this week’s TechNewsWorld Crowdfunding Highlight. myLifter is a smartphone-controlled mini-winch now on the lookout for funding on Kickstarter.

myLifter Turns Smartphone Brains Into Bulk-Hoisting Brawn

Should you’ve ever tried lifting a kayak onto a car roof rack — or certainly a cargo field or many different kinds of out of doors sporting gear — you will know that it is not straightforward. A one-person kayak can weigh 50 kilos.


That is typically additionally the utmost weight you may examine into the maintain of an airplane, and there is a cause for that: It is about as a lot as anybody, together with beefy, union-card-wielding baggage handlers, can comfortably carry with out injuring themselves — and that is simply carrying baggage a couple of inches off the bottom.

myLifter reckons it solves the outdoorsy gear-over-head downside with a small, winch-like, cable-driven lifter which you can bolt to a storage roof. The machine resembles a hoist, or vehicle winch, of the sort that four-wheel-drive aficionados use to pull themselves out of bogs and such, by the use of tree for anchor.

On this case, wire is spooled round a ceiling-affixed drum and an electrical motor turns the drum, thus extending or retracting the hook-ended cable. It is all managed by smartphone.

The creator reckons that it is good for eliminating wasted area in garages as a result of you may retailer in locations which might be typically onerous to achieve.

Technical Particulars

myLifter makes use of Bluetooth LE 4.0 to speak with iOS units, and automated excessive and low factors might be preset through an iOS app. DC energy is equipped from a wall-mounted AC adapter.

Equipment that price US$10 to $30 embody a single-item lifting hook; a motorbike lifting package; and kayak/cargo lifting kits.

The Numbers

Utah-based myLifter at the moment has greater than 240 backers for its lifting-device mission pledging greater than $43,000 of a $50,000 objective. The funding interval ends on Jan. 15, 2014.

A pledge of $75 will get you an early-bird myLifter at half off the proposed $150 retail worth. A pledge of $150 will get you two early-bird myLifters that, linked collectively, can elevate 100 lbs. Estimated supply is Might 2014.

The Upsides

Because the inhabitants ages, we see this machine aiding those that nonetheless want take part in lively existence however who might discover it a bit more durable to take action than they used to. We additionally see it as being a bonus to lively individuals residing alone.

We expect that putting in a couple of of those could be an ideal weekender mission, and that it is a sensible resolution for “small-space” residing followers for functions together with creating small house convertible residing areas. A sequence of myLifters could possibly be used to hoist a mattress or storage platform to the ceiling, for instance. The smartphone performance performs into this probably youthful demographic.

The Downsides

Though myLifter can be a hoist, there is a cause why we introduced up the analogy of the off-road vehicle winch earlier, and that is as a result of we expect myLifter must rigorously examine quite a few anecdotal and documented tales of back-road winch failures with a view to make the product suitably flawless.

Off-road 4 x 4-style winches are rated in loading weight capability, however there are additionally refined variables that come into play, such because the loading level at which the cable snaps; how lengthy the motor can run with out overheating, or obligation cycle; how highly effective the electrical motor is, as a result of extra weight wants extra energy; extreme energy concerns, as a result of an excessive amount of energy could cause lighter objects to be lifted too rapidly, probably inflicting damage; and winch line administration together with cable snagging and bunching on the drum.

Many of those points aren’t talked about on the mission’s Kickstarter web page. Nicely-thought-out gears assist with all of this, and we hope myLifter has executed — or shall be doing — a lot speaking to many muddy, gnarly off-roaders as a part of its R&D.
myLifter Turns Smartphone Brains Into Bulk-Hoisting Brawn
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