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myLIFTER stores heavy items out of the way with the help of an iPhone

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December 17, 2013

The iPhone-controlled myLIFTER lifting device

The iPhone-controlled myLIFTER lifting device

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Hooks and traditional shelves offer a practical storage solution for overcrowded garages, though they also involve the awkward task of lifting heavy items in a confined space. myLIFTER, a motorized lifting unit that you can control with your iPhone, aims to ease the load by lifting and suspending these items from your ceiling, all at the touch of a button.

The myLIFTER unit is secured onto the ceiling with a mounting bracket and, using a built-in spool and cable management system, raises and lowers large objects such as bikes, kayaks and cargo boxes.

A 25 ft (7.62 m) stainless steel cable connects the device to your objects using a selection of specifically designed attachments: a lifting hook for single items, a bike lifting kit with hooks for the handlebars and seat, and a kayak/cargo box kit incorporating straps to wrap around larger objects.

A built-in function called 'smartLIFT' allows users to program the device to raise and low...

Connecting to an iPhone or iPad over Bluetooth 4.0, the companion app features standard lift and lower buttons. Users without a compatible device are able to purchase a custom-made remote separately.

One of common inconveniences the team behind myLIFTER has sought to address is the task of storing away the same object on a regular basis (much like one who cycles to work might encounter on a weekday). Dubbed "smartLIFT," a built-in function allows users to program the device to raise and lower objects to the same height every time. This means all that is required is a one-button push, removing the need to stand around waiting while myLIFTER picks up the (or your) slack.

One myLIFTER can bear a weight of 50 lb (22.7 kg), which should be sufficient for a single bike or kayak, while those wishing to lift heavier items can purchase additional units accordingly. Each unit measures 3 x 4.5 x 4.5 in (7.62 x 11.43 x 11.43 cm) and comes with a mounting bracket and hardware, 110 or 240 VAC power supply, and a 15 ft (4.57 m) electrical extension cable.

According to the company, the device has built-in safety feature that prevents lifting if ...

According to the company, the device has a built-in safety feature that prevents lifting if the attached load exceeds the 50 lb (22.7 kg) maximum weight and an internal brake that locks the spool when it is not moving or power is lost.

myLIFTER's designers have launched on Kickstarter to bring the CNC-machined metal and 3D-printed plastic prototype system to commercial availability. At the time of writing, early bird pledge levels of US$75 for a single device are still available. If all goes according to plan, shipping is estimated for May 2014. Hook and kit attachments will need to be purchased separately.

Hear from the team behind myLIFTER in the video below.

Sources: myLIFTER, Kickstarter

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9 Comments

50 pound limit? then a photo showing a 2 seat 4 wheeler being lifted, with one mylifter, and a caption saying that multiple mylifters can be used for larger items. somethings wrong with that.

Chizzy
17th December, 2013 @ 09:14 am PST

Why would you want to control this with your iphone or any smart phone? Mobile phones have a short life, gear like this could outlast ten phones - would they all be compatible?

TedF
17th December, 2013 @ 11:58 am PST

Chizzy: the "4 wheeler" is actually a kiddy car.

TedF: I do see many problems with this. Why iPhone only? These days you'd think they'd make both iPhone and Android apps. The fact that they aren't is a little strange, because they're blocking themselves out of at least half the market.

But there are other problems, too. I think it's a great concept, but I think the implementation could use some work.

Anne Ominous
17th December, 2013 @ 01:33 pm PST

Damnit, people, not everything needs to be controlled with a phone.

Jeff Layton
17th December, 2013 @ 05:45 pm PST

Just mount a cleat on the wall and lift the stuff manually if it is heavy use a block and tackle.

Slowburn
17th December, 2013 @ 07:01 pm PST

is it so hard to use a normal remote control?

MG127
18th December, 2013 @ 01:48 am PST

I find the project too complicated!

Last year I designed something similar to manual operation, no electric motor and Smat-Phone support.

Germano Pecoraro
18th December, 2013 @ 08:05 am PST

Or think how easy it would be to make one out of a cheap battery operated drill. Of course you would actually have to push a button to operate it.

Mike Kling
18th December, 2013 @ 08:22 am PST

Agree with Slowburn, this is technology for the sake of novelty, and does nothing that can't be done more easily manually (damn- late for work- where did I leave my Smartphone so I can get my bike off the ceiling?).

bergamot69
18th December, 2013 @ 08:46 am PST
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