It would be too easy to make a crass joke about iPhone mounts that suck, so let's just say that suction cup-based designs are getting a foothold—gaining
traction suction, perhaps?—in the Apple accessory market. While the "Orbit" just made funding two and a half times over, it may have met its match in the "Barnacle," an even more minimal mount by iLoveHandles, an accessory startup based in Portland, OR.
There isn't much to explain except that it's a steal at $4.95—plus six bucks S&H in the continental US—compared to the expected MSRP of the "Orbit," which has jumped from $19.95 to $30 (the Kickstarter price tag came in at $15). I'd also like to point out that both products have launched with an eye-catching orange colorway along with the usual grayscale versions.
Half of the Orbit; see the other half here
So those of you who are amenable to suction cups (of questionable sucky-ness) now have a choice: how much is the ball-and-socket joint and threaded attachment feature worth to you?
And those of you who are amenable to clicking through to the full post have the choice of whether or not you want to spend two minutes watching the promo spot: