Everyone can't be Superman, but you may no longer need to have super strength to lift heavy objects with one finger once myLIFTER becomes available in the market.
myLIFTER is a motorized device that allows you to lift heavy objects with just a push of a button. It was designed to help users lift and store things in places that are typically hard to reach. With the device, you can get weightlifting power by just using your iOS smartphone or tablet. myLIFTER is ideal for lifting and storing bicycles, kayaks and cargo boxes.
According to Jerome Miles, inventor of myLIFTER, the idea for myLIFTER came shortly after he tried to lift and store his kayak by himself. "Though it wasn't heavy, the size of it made it difficult to lift and store. I soon realized I wanted a product that would help smartphone users easily lift and make wasted space in a garage very useable," he said.
The device is controlled using an app-based interface using Bluetooth LE (4.0). Current iOS devices that support this are iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, all iPad minis, iPod touch 5th generation and all iPads starting with the third generation. For users who do not have a Bluetooth LE device, the company says it plans to sell a separate remote to use with myLIFTER.
The size of myLIFTER is small. It measures 3.5 inches by 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches, which is slightly larger than an adult fist, and weighs only two pounds, but it can lift objects up to 50 pounds. Users can also install multiple myLIFTERs together to lift larger objects and control them with one device.
myLIFTER comes with a lightweight bracket that users can mount on the ceiling. It also has an internal brake system that locks the spool when it is not moving and a safety mechanism that prevents users from raising objects that weigh more than 50 pounds.
myLIFTER has turned to Kickstarter to push through with the development of the project. It has so far received $41,920 in pledges from 229 backers towards its $50,000 goal with 30 days to go. The product is anticipated to be available for the masses by May 2014 and is expected to retail at $150.