“The number of people that rely on GPS Navigation on their smart phones has exploded over the past two years,” said Daniel D’Agostino, the inventor of the patent-pending Titan. “However, the tragic side effect of this behavior is the increased risk of an accident because most people look down at their phone in their hand, lap or cup holder instead of positioning it so they keep their eyes on the road while using their GPS navigation. Additionally, if someone’s Smart phone is already in their hand, they’re more likely to start texting too, which causes even more problems.
“If the Titan smart phone holder saves one life because the driver is keeping their head up while driving, rather than looking down, then it is worth the hundreds of design hours we have put into it.”
What further separates the Titan from other vehicle smart phone accessories is that it is easy to use, stylish, innovative, unobtrusive, reliable, and synergistically blends art with engineering. The Titan is a beautiful, optically clear vehicle smart phone holder that utilizes a rare earth magnet design instead of a bulky mechanism to attach the phone. It also replaces suction cups with a clear base which hides behind the rear view mirror so users never have to worry if a suction cup is going to fail while driving.
“For this product, we ignored all existing designs because we wanted to truly innovate without influence,” said D’Agostino. “Our goal was to create something truly beautiful, extremely simple to use, ergonomically sound, and innovative. I’m very proud of the Titan Vehicle Smart Phone Holder and think it will change the way we use GPS navigation on our phones.”
D’Agostino believes that Kickstarter will be a stepping stone to hiring a full-time US-based workforce.
“One of my goals in creating the Titan product is to create good, well paid, respectable, long term jobs in our country,” he said. “My focus far exceeds personal success. Instead, I focus on having the ability to do my part as an American by offering jobs to hard working Americans. It’s important to me.”
D’Agostino Rebounds from Dark Moments
To state that D’Agostino has experienced some obstacles would be an understatement. He has battled several challenges over the last six years. In 2004, he started a company called Advanced EDR Systems, exhausting his personal savings and going into debt in hopes of making his dream a reality.
At Advanced EDR Systems, D’Agostino developed one of the best products in the industry called the envisionCAM, a dual lens High Definition video camera that recorded accidents and aggressive driving in vehicles. The product was mounted to the windshield just behind the rear view mirror and included WiFi, GPS, night vision, an accelerometer, and dual ultra wide angle lenses that capture nearly 360. The device would automatically send any new events to a server once it was in range of the designated Wireless network. He was a pioneer in the industry and created several innovative features that are now standard within the industry.
After creating the envisionCAM, a successful product that was well received in 2006, he became embroiled in litigation with a design firm, which led to an 18-month lawsuit before the case was settled to D’Agostino’
“During the recession, sales remained slow,” said D’Agostino. “I lived in extreme poverty, nearly becoming homeless myself. I would scrounge for change to buy a burger from the dollar menu then ride my bike to a meeting with my lawyers wearing a dress shirt and slacks.”
D’Agostino now relishes a fresh start.
“At my darkest moment as an entrepreneur, I came up with the idea for the Titan. I worked day and night to create the product. That hard work has finally paid off.”