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About the Manatee Project
The impetus for the Manatee project was practical – we were using our iPad in bed and our arms got tired from holding it. It was hard to use, and that was the first step in developing Manatee.
First we made test products and then took them home and tested them to see how using them felt in real life. After doing that many times, we finally created a product that we felt was good enough to share with all of you.
Manatee securely holds your iPad
Manatee makes it possibly to be truly comfortable while using your iPad in bed.Lie on your bed, set your iPad in Manatee and then let go.Manatee helps by securely holding your iPad in the desired position, almost as if it were floating.You can enjoy your iPad with a completely different ease of use than when you used to hold it by hand.Of course, Manatee is also a big help when using your iPad in other places like on sofa.
Design and quality worthy of iPad
In order to create a superior product worthy of using with an iPad, Manatee was made through uncompromising dedication to ultimate materials, design, strength and comfort. Other iPad stands seek to reduce costs by using holders made from cheap, thin plastic or metal suited for mass production. This results in stiff, mechanical stands. In contrast, Manatee's holder is made from soft silicone which won't damage your iPad or cause injury when bumping into your face or body. The form of Manatee features a refined simplicity which matches the décor of your bedroom or living room. Manatee is a stable stand which offers unparalleled strength and comfort through free adjustment of direction and height.
Freely rotatable and adjustable in all directions
The combination of this large maple ball and the silicone enables smooth rotation. It is also possible to freely adjust the direction.Also the height of Manatee can be freely adjusted from 730mm to 1030mm(28.7 in 〜 40.5 in) in order to match various kinds of beds.
The position of face and body when using Manatee in bed
Many people have been asking us about how their face and body will be positioned when using Manatee, so we'd like to explain the details. As you can see in the picture below, to comfortably use Manatee, you can be lying competely flat on your back looking up, or you can angle your face slightly to the side. And of course, depending on how you position Manatee on the floor, you can adjust the screen to face many different directions.
Setup in bed takes only 5 seconds!
To setup the Manatee in bed, simply insert the base under your mattress. If your bed has an attached mattress, Manatee can also be placed directly on the floor for use.
Color : Sky Blue
< Size and Weight >
Height : 28 in（Max 40 inch）, Width : 13.7 in, Depth : 15.3 in, Weight : 7.8 lb
< Approximate dimensions of supported iPad cases >
Height: 10 in , Width: 8 in , Thickness: 1.2 in
< Country of Origin >
Made in Japan
< Material >
Silicone, Steel, Stainless Steel, Maple wood
-- FAQ --
Q What is the product named “Manatee?”
A As shown in the picture above, the arms of our Manatee (stand) resemble the arms of the actual Manatee (animal).
Risks and challenges
Manatee is done being developed. While in development, we cleared the technological hurdle of how to get the stainless steel wire into the silicon casing. We also made the thick steel base with an organic and beautifully curved shape, working with a master craftsman in Osaka. We’ve now overcome the issues involved in designing Manatee.
The issue that we have left to deal with is the design and creation of the package. Manatee is rather heavy, and to send it to customers around the world, we need to develop a package that is tough and light, as well as aesthetically appealing. To get through this last issue and to truly complete Manatee, we need your support. We will do our best as a team to finish the Manatee project!
[ Manatee Production Schedule ]
- December 2012~January 2013
Make a sample Manatee and complete the package design, then confirm viability of the package design with the sample Manatee. We will update our Facebook page to show the package design.
- February 2013
Produce and assemble the first lot.
- March 2013
Deliver Manatee to all of you who have been waiting so patiently!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (19 days)