About this project
Missed the Kickstarter campaign? No worries, STAN will be available at thedesignindustry.ca late 2014.
THE STORY OF STAN
There is no shortage of products which prop up your tablet or smartphone. You’re probably wondering ‘why did this guy just make another one?’ I didn’t! ‘Oh but you did’ you’re thinking. No I didn’t, because I invented something much more versatile than that.
I created STAN because I wanted to be able to get my devices up off the desk or counter to where I really want them. Now I can FaceTime with someone face-to-face while keeping my hands free. I wanted to stream video in bed comfortably. I wanted to keep my iPad off the messy kitchen counter but still read recipes even though I am such a good cook I don't even need recipes. I wanted a holder that would actually grip the device and never let go, like Rose at the end of Titanic, she never let go but Jack is gone and my iPad is still here. Additionally, it had to be easy to use and look as dapper as I do when I put on a tie.
The great thing about STAN is that it works with all of the different devices in my house. STAN can hold a tablet one minute, and an e-reader the next.
I have a weird fascination with old things put to a modern use and the poor desk lamp is 'so last century' so I feared it would be left behind. This fear was causing me to lose sleep, so why not marry its classic looks and adjustability to a spring loaded device holder? Really why not? I just did. They're married now and quite happy. Lamp no longer feels like a relic of a bygone era.
I've been tweaking the design for well over a year, using it, testing it, and loving it! Dozens of hours of sketching and CAD time, 4 rounds of rapid prototypes, days of research, a bit of procrastination and gallons of coffee resulted in something which I am very excited about.
Manufacturing & timelines
I am ready to go! I have a supplier for modified desk lamp parts and I am working with a manufacturer to tool the two aluminum extrusions needed for STAN, then cut, mill, tumble, blast, and anodize the parts. I have vendors lined up for die cut pads and decals, as well as package production. If successful here on Kickstarter, the funds will go to tooling and minimum production orders required by the various partner vendors. An estimated timeline is below.
What's so retro about it?
The armature and base are inspired by the classic desk lamp and modified to hold something modern and hi-tech. The end result is something old mixed with something new.
Why is it called STAN?
It's the word STAND...with the D taken away, it's also a guy's name. Unoriginal you say? No, you're unoriginal!
What's STAN made of?
The base and armature are made of powder-coated steel and the device holder is made of aluminum extrusions which have been cut, milled, tumbled, blasted and anodized to give a quality finish. The aluminum is largely recycled content, reducing the use of virgin material which is always a good thing. The prototypes you see in the photos are painted plastic SLA models.
Will STAN work with my old tablet?
I have NO idea! There is a sizing chart above so if your old boat anchor is smaller than STAN's max adjustment then yes, it'll fit!
Will STAN scratch or drop my device?
No, all contact points are covered in thick vinyl or grippy rubber and the springs grip tight enough to hold up everything that's been on the market over the past 5+ years. Always check to make sure your device is stable before just letting go all crazy like that.
What if I want to bring STAN on vacation with me?
Go ahead! STAN will be shipped in a box that'll be too nice to throw in the recycling bin so you'll want to pack STAN up and take it with you on vacation.
Does STAN make a good gift for someone who has everything?
Do cinnamon hearts make me throw up?...of course STAN makes a great gift for someone who has everything because STAN is not made yet! You would be buying them something from the future!
Is there anything else I should know?
The arm has joints that can be tightened to increase resistance and allow it to support more weight although I don't recommended using devices that weigh more than 1.5 pounds (680 grams). That means it can support the heavier tablets on the market like the Surface, and 4th gen iPad. Also, this is the last line I am typing before I go to bed.
Risks and challenges
I've been working as an Industrial Designer for well over a decade, (I've even been employed the whole time) so although this is the first of many ventures on my own, it's not my first time around the block. As with all manufacturing and procurement projects there are many vendors involved so coordination is one of the key challenges while ensuring the quality I expect is upheld. It's not uncommon for timing to slip a little if a supplier falls behind schedule or if shipping gets delayed, but quality is non-negotiable. That being said, if there are any quality issues that cause delay, it will be a worthwhile wait. I won't ship something unless I am proud of it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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