About this project
Tablets simply aren't living up to their promise of being user-friendly.
They are made to be sleek, ultra thin, with high computing power, but they are not made to be held. Try watching a movie or even streaming a sitcom, and within 5 minutes, no matter how lightweight, the tablet computers are too heavy. So we end up slouching over into many uncomfortable positions. Repetitive use can even lead to strain injuries like carpal tunnel.
Tablet computer design inhibits the user from experiencing the maximum potential of the tablet promise. This is where Tstand can help!
With its patented reversible base and adjustable viewing angle, Tstand enhances the functionality of your tablet, and makes it easy to find a comfortable position.
Easy to use, and adaptable, the innovative TSTAND takes just seconds to set up and adjust to fit your needs.
It is easy to use, and comfortable!!!
Tstand is actually quite compact for traveling and portability. It fits into most 13" tablet sleeves... with the tablet too!
Whether you’re in bed, on the couch, sitting at a desk, on a plane, standing in the kitchen, or even on a road trip, TSTAND has you covered. TSTAND was designed to adapt to you, and fits the ways in which you use your tablet!
Here are just a few ways we have discovered that the TSTAND helps make the tablet more acessible:
Ergonomic: By elevating your tablet closer to eye-level, the Tstand eliminates all sources of potential strain and creates a more comfortable viewing experience.
Versatile: Our design team has really focused in on the fact that tablets are multi-functional devices and the myriad of ways in which we use our tablets. In one step, the Tstand can go from a stand for watching movies in bed to a mini work station or even a selfie stick!
Easy to use: Simply insert your tablet into Tstand’s protective silicone grippers, rotate the base, adjust the angle to suit your needs and voilà! Tstand is set up and ready to go.
Portable: Not only is Tstand lightweight at just over 1 pound, it’s also easily foldable to ensure maximum portability. It is designed to fit into even the smallest 13" laptop bags!
Universal: Its expandable grippers can fit all tablets, and usually without removing protective covers (iPads, Androids, Microsofts, Lenovos, Kindles, you name it!) from 7” to 13” in both landscape and many in portrait mode. It can even accommodate many two in one laptops, and the new recently launched Surface Pro 13" and the new iPad Pro 12.9" launched in November.
Innovative: We are finding new uses for the Tstand everyday. Judging from a large number of user testimonials it is clear that Tstand goes way beyond an ergonomic work station - there are so many ways you can use Tstand. So get creative with it and we will work hard at ensuring Tstand is the only tablet stand you will ever need for all your uses.
My name is Sean Kieley and I am the creator of Tstand. Tstand was born out of my product design company, Surface ID. At Surface ID, I've been designing and developing products for over 15 years. Throughout the years Surface ID has worked with clients such as Black Knight, Kyocera, Sirius Satellite Radio, and the U.S. Military. I have vast expeience with many types of materials, and have several manufacturers on speed dial ;). In fact we have already tooling for Tstand, so by the end of the campaign we will almost be ready to ship.
The idea for the Tstand came to life in 2012 when I was Skyping with my mom while feeding my newborn baby. She was struggling to hold her iPad because of her arthritis, and I was struggling to position my tablet properly in order to showcase my daughter. I realized that the same problem takes place every time I watch sitcoms on my tablet in bed, or try to perform any other task on the iPad - only with a lot more aches and pains. The idea of Skyping or watching a movie on a tablet is great, but it’s just not comfortable without a proper, elevated stand. I was determined to come up with a solution that was ergonomic and that could adapt to the variety of ways in which we use our tablets.
After investing a good chunk of my savings into purchasing the production tooling for the Tstand, it’s currently being made and will be ready to go in just a few weeks!
This summer we completed the final rounds of prototyping and user testing, and truly believe that we’ve perfected the details and performance of the Tstand. Our response from user testimonials have been extremely encouraging and it's time to take the next step.
We also are always looking to improve and innovate the Tstand - so much so that we have already assembled the very first Tstand Silver that we’re thrilled about. We’re now ready to move forward and get the Tstand into the hands of consumers.
With a minimum production run quantity of 1,000 units, all we’re missing at this point is some capital to jump-start our first production run. Our manufacturer requires payment for the production materials and parts before finally going into production. We’ve exhausted our sources of capital and simply can’t move beyond this stage without your support.
If we can raise $10,000 by mid-November, just half of the upfront payment, we’ll have the Tstand produced and at your doorstep just a couple weeks after the campaign has ended.
- Fits all tablets from 7" to 13", including most cases.
- Adjustable viewing angle and reversible base.
- Expandable neck supports horizontal and vertical viewing.
- Weighs only 1.25 lbs
- Sturdy and resistant to impacts
- Compacts for maximum portability (Fits into 13" laptop sleeve)
- Protects tablet with silicone grippers
- W 9.5” x L 10.25” x H 2.25 dimensions
- Made from ABS plastic, silicone rubber, and has a steel frame.
- Fits all tablets in landscape and portrait mode.
- Tstand’s grippers are made of silicone rubber.
- Currently available in glossy black or matte silver
Risks and challenges
Our goal is to have the Tstand at your doorstep before Christmas, however, we realize that with our campaign ending in mid-November, any delays could make accomplishing this goal a bit risky.
There are two still extra weeks in our planned manufacturing schedule, so we can hopefully have that extra time to get all your orders to you be Christmas (given that there are no hiccups!). Just keep in mind that Tstand is our second fully developed product in-house. For that reason, delays in manufacturing, assembly, and fulfillment are not completely unforeseeable. Another thing to know is that if Tstand sells beyond our wildest dreams, it may be harder to fulfill all orders by Christmas. Just know that we are doing our best daily and are working hard to get the Tstand to you ASAP.
Here at Tstand we are highly confident and motivated to defeat any obstacles that may come our way. We’ll also be travelling to our manufacturer’s facility to ensure maximum quality and timeliness. We truly want nothing but the best for our backers!
Please, help us help you enjoy your tablet to its fullest. We sincerely guarantee that it’s the only tablet stand you’ll ever need!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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