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About this project

Meet the new coconut – Mother Nature always has a plan.

What do you get when you mix half a coconut shell with a shiny new iPad? The result is an eye-catching, eco-friendly and conversation-sparking stand that is simple, cool, lightweight, portable, and very colorful! Perfect from top to bottom, the iCoconut allows for two viewing angles through the unique cut in the shell as well as a third position when resting on top, and a rubber-lined bottom edge helps prevent slippage while a small hole at the rear allows for convenient placement of the power cord. It’s simple, elegant, and definitely one-of-a-kind!

Design kinks have been worked out, colors finalized and our manufacturing partner is ready to rumble – all we are waiting on is you! 

Functional + cool = fun!

Weighing in at around three ounces, the iCoconut is pretty close to being one of the lightest multi-angled stands in the world, however, don’t let this fool you as a coconut shell is very strong, rigid and stable making it a perfect material for this task. The iCoconut can handle any tablet up to a thickness of 7/16" (11 mm), meaning that it’s not limited to holding just iPads! Its smooth artisan-crafted exterior is available in twelve vibrant colors, each beautifully sealed with a natural lacquer resin finish making the iCoconut a colorful accent piece for any office, kitchen, living room, bedroom, or outdoor setting – maybe even at the pub!

The iCoconut is more than just a stand – it’s a reflection of you.

Really, really eco-friendly

Coconuts are used in a wide variety of food products as well as numerous industrial and commercial areas, however, the coconut shell has more limited uses and is mostly thrown away. Worldwide, more than 60,000,000 tons of coconuts are produced annually – that’s a lot of coconut shells, with a good portion of them going to garbage dumps and landfill sites. The iCoconut offers a small but real contribution to the sustainable environment through waste reduction and repurposing of a natural material.

Decisions, decisions ...

Auto pioneer Henry Ford once famously said “People can have the Model T in any color – so long as it’s black.” Indeed, it seems that most iPad stands come in either silver or black, but we thought that having an array of color choices for young and old would make things just a little bit more interesting ...

Unique designs, custom colors and logos

If you are looking for something very original and which definitely does not exist anywhere else on the planet right now, you can choose the iCoconut with the one-of-a-kind hand painted Aboriginal dot motif. Literally thousands of colorful dots (ok, so out of my own displaced sense of curiosity I decided to count them one night – 2,714 give or take a few! ) makes this a beautiful mini-piece of desktop art that will definitely be the envy of friends and family.

Here are some fun designs some of which may become available during this campaign if we have enough interest. We would love your input so please drop us a line.

I always dreamed of having a 67 Camaro SS in candy-apple red – I haven’t quite got one yet, but I still love the color! So, if you have a need for 50 iCoconuts choose your own custom color and share your dream.

Looks almost good enough to eat!

Finally you can always “take one for the team” with your own logo.

Sometimes the simplest of solutions are right before our eyes, but it takes that “ah-ha!” moment to realize it.

While out shopping for gifts this past Christmas I went in search of iPhone/iPad accessories that were colorful, unique and made from sustainable materials. Not finding anything that really fit I thought maybe I could create my own and started sketching out a number of ideas. From a trip taken to Southeast Asia in 2011, I suddenly remembered all the tasty coconut drinks served in coconuts and began to wonder if there was some way to utilise a coconut shell in my ideas. Luckily I like coconut because it was obvious from my first few attempts that things were looking a little wonky thus ensuring another couple of trips to the local market.

Production

The iCoconut is 100% handcrafted in Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi. Northern Vietnam is also home of the country’s lacquerware industry which uses a naturally occurring tree resin from the sap of the tree species, Toxicodendron verniciflua, commonly known as the Lacquer or Varnish Tree. This natural lacquer is applied in a multi-step process that involves the hands of many artists and can often take several months for the full application and curing process to be complete. The final finished surface is hard, durable and beautiful – making a perfect companion for both you and your iPad.

Specs and stuff ...

The average size of each iCoconut is 4.7"–5.3" (120–135 mm) in width, 2.0"–2.5" (52–64 mm) in height and weighs approximately 3–3.5 ozs (85–100 grams). There are thee view angles at approximately 14, 28 and 65 degrees (+/- 5 degrees depending on the height of the shell).

The smaller slot (14 degrees) has a maximum width of approximately 7/16" (11 mm) which will fit most tablets, including the Kindle and Galaxy. The larger width is approximately 3/4" (19 mm) and can also fit an iPhone in portrait mode even with a case.

In the interests of full disclosure, even though the final surface will be completely smooth and sealed, every coconut has a slightly different shape (like a snowflake) and will not be a perfect circle, in addition, minor imperfections in the surface contour will be noticeable. We could have made the iCoconut through injection molding giving it a consistently formed shape, but then again it wouldn’t be a coconut with its own personality!

Putting the funds to work

In order to start production our chosen manufacturer needs a minimum initial order of 1,000. At this number we can offer 12 color choices as well as the limited edition version with the Kickstarter logo. The financial target will be enough to make the order, cover shipping and mailing costs as well as develop our retail packaging. If we get past our target then this will open up other possibilities in terms of adding additional colors and designs.

Delivery

  • Producing the iCoconut takes approximately 45 days from start of production to final packing for transport.
  • Estimated latest delivery date for all rewards is approximately 75 days from the end of the campaign.
  • For countries other than the US/Canada/Australia we will investigate the feasibility of having your order sent directly from Vietnam through Vietnam Post otherwise it will be sent through the USPS by air mail.

Quid Pro Quo (Rewards)

We have provided a wide range of rewards that hopefully meets the desires of all our backers, however, if you don’t see something that works for you just send us a message and we will do our best to accommodate your request!

Final thoughts ...

If you like this project we hope you will pledge whatever you can and we greatly appreciate it. If you don’t wish to be a backer but like what you have seen, please help spread the iCoconut project through your assorted communication channels.

Although we are located far away we will be acutely receptive to any input, suggestions, comments, contacts and advice that will help with the ongoing campaign and ultimate success of iCoconut, as such, will try our best to answer all queries within 24 hours of receipt.

For additional information, retailer/wholesaler or media inquiries please send us a message here or to: digirra@gmail.com

Thanks a bunch of coconuts!

Dave and the digirra team

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.”  – Albert von Szent-Gyorgy

Ok, just in case your day is going a little slow and you now have coconuts on the brain, here’s a classic gem to help get you through – view at your own risk!


iPad and iPhone are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
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R2-D2 is a registered trademark of Lucasfilms Entertainment Company Ltd.


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    Receive a hand written thank you note on an original and inventive drawing from my eight year old daughter which showcases her slightly surreal view on animals and insects. Every dollar counts, so good on ya mate!

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    Oooooh yeeeah! ... Straight from the immortal Randy “The Macho Man” Savage, you are first in line to receive a Limited Edition iCoconut in either jet black or cool white with the Kickstarter logo on the front, or any other solid color without the logo. Retail value is $30 and includes shipping to anywhere in the world! Thank you, thank you very much!

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    You’ve got a lovely new iCoconut! ... Go for your favorite color for personal use, perhaps as a birthday or Christmas gift, or maybe even as a token of your appreciation to someone special. Retail value is $30 and includes shipping to anywhere in the world! Tack så mycket!

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    Twin Pack ... What’s the only thing better than one iCoconut? That would be two (2) iCoconuts in any of the solid colours available! Retail value is $60 and includes shipping to anywhere in the world! Gracias! Gracias!

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    Custom Aboriginal Motif ... A one-of-a-kind hand painted iCoconut in an original Aboriginal dot motif. Check the sample below to see how cool it looks. We are also working on a variety of other Aboriginal designs to be released before the end of the campaign. Includes shipping to anywhere in the world! Danke schön! Danke!

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    Family Pack ... Got kids or maybe a house guest or two? Spread your four (4) iCoconuts around the abode adding a splash of color along the way. Retail value is $120 and includes shipping to anywhere in the world. Muito obrigado!

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    Gilligan’s Island Pack ... Mrs. Howell (aka “Lovey”) will be envious of you! Let’s see, you’ll get five (5) iCoconuts in any assortment of colors; one (1) Kickstarter Limited Edition (white or black); plus one (1) with the Custom Aboriginal Motif. Retail value is $230 and includes shipping to anywhere in the world! Hartelijk dank!

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    Team or Corporate Special ... Get twenty (20) iCoconuts in any single color plus we will place your team, corporate, hotel, or school logo etc. on the front or back. You supply the electronic artwork and we will match it as close as possible. Retail value is $700 and includes shipping to anywhere in the world! Quantity can be varied so please send us a message. 謝謝!

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    Custom Color Choice ... We’re talking big leagues here as you will recieve fifty (50) iCoconuts in any custom color you choose, including, gloss, metallic or matte finish. We can closley match Pantone and almost any color, however, we are not a car paint shop so an exact match is not guaranteed. Retail value is $1,600 and includes shipping to anywhere in the world!
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    Retailers Pack ... Now you mean business with one hundred (100) iCoconuts! This will get you well on your way to being one of the first anywhere to be able to offer your customers the iCoconut (comes with retail packaging) ... and just in time for Xmas! Includes shipping to anywhere in the world! Retail packs can be varied in size, just send us a message.
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    Good morning Vietnam! ... Ok, maybe you have been dreaming about Visiting Vietnam at some point, so here’s your perfect excuse to make it a reality. We’ll get you to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) and back from practically anywhere – first to explore this energetic city for three days, then fly up to beautiful Hanoi for the next five to see your twenty iCoconuts in production, and then back to HCM for four more nights. Accomodation, flights, sights and more (perhaps a side trip to search for the elusive Colonel Kurtz?). We will make all the arrangements and be with you every step of the way! Message us for more information (Avail. Aug/Sep/Oct). Cảm ơn bạn rất nhiều!

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