This project's funding goal was not reached on October 29, 2012.
About this project
gizmag "Manatee stand allows you to use your iPad comfortably in bed"
It would certainly be great fun if you could comfortably use your iPad in bed.Acting upon this belief, we challenged to make an assistant for using iPad in bed.That’s how Manatee was born.
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.
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.
-- SPEC --
< 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
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
We think that it is very important to prepare very carefully for realizing the mass production of ultimate MANATEE.
On that belief, we have met and discussed with meny people of several factories so many times and we have completed perfect prototype which is entirely suitable for mass production.
And we have manufactured ultimate 10 MANATEEs using the actual method of mass production.
Now, we are doing our best to complete our project with world-best MANATEE in addition to that we also do our best to deliver MANATEE to our backers as soon as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
As shown in the picture above, the arms of our Manatee (stand) resemble the arms of the actual Manatee (animal).
In the initial testing stage, we tried prototypes which positioned the iPad directly in front of the user’s face. However, from a psychological standpoint, much greater pressure was felt by positioning the iPad above the user’s face. Furthermore, positioning directly in front created the danger of the user bumping his head against the iPad when getting up. Manatee’s pole is tilted forward, which brings the iPad closer to the user even when the stand is set at the bedside. As a result, the iPad can be used comfortably when lying face-up or lying on your side.For these reasons, we determined that bedside is the best position.
Made in Japan.
- (34 days)