UPDATE: We received honorable mention for the Lifehacker McGuyver Challenge. See it here, along with some other great uses for rubberbands.
Heading out on short notice? If you are like me and don’t want a permanent mount for your vehicle, or change devices so often you can’t keep a mount current, this is for you.
I don’t generally use navigation Read: I am a guy. Therefore, I don’t usually have a need to mount my iPhone up for directions. However, when the GPS is tuned in, the wife is happy, and the kids in the backseat can see a miles ticker that helps quell the cries of “are we there yet!”.
What you need:
- 2 Rubber-bands
- A GPS or Smartphone
- A Vehicle with a rear view mirror
Take a single rubber-band and tie a knot in itself, right in the middle of it. If either your mirror or your device is larger than the other, you might shift the knot further to one end to accommodate it. Rinse and repeat on the second rubber-band. Now, slide one side of the loops around the device and the other around the mirror.
I understand that you cannot easily grab it now and use it as a phone, but your supposed to be using a Bluetooth headset instead of fumbling for that phone anyways, right? Anyhow, it’s a pretty simple and effective trick using what you may have laying around for an impromptu road trip.