About this project
Introducing the laptop desk that's
Lapdeck gets the weight and heat off your legs
● Be comfy and productive on the bed, couch, or in the car
● Great at home and while traveling
● Lapdeck fits in a standard padded envelope for easy storage
● Collapses and expands dozens of times and can easily support your laptop 4-12 months depending on use
Stretch goal reached!
The #1 question from our amazing backers is if Lapdeck will be available in colors other than white... so with our $10,000 stretch goal behind us, Lapdeck will also be made in an additional color or design you help choose!
Here are a couple ideas so far. Or it could be a calendar, a map, the periodic table, or something you propose.
More mock-up ideas here!
Let us know what you think on our Facebook survey here, and since we've reached this stretch goal, you’ll be able to mix and match with white and the graphic Lapdeck that gets selected.
● One sheet of corrugated fiberboard (a heavy-grade cardboard)
● 66% recycled material: 33% post-consumer
● 12 ounces (340 grams)
● No adhesives
● Fits standard #7 padded envelope
● Expands to 21 x 12 x 8.5 inches (53 x 31 x 22cm)
● Collapses to 18 x 12 x 0.9 inches (46 x 31 x 2cm)
How is Lapdeck so strong?
Along with our structural designer Peter Stumpp, we designed Lapdeck to capture the strength of the grain of the corrugate (the “fluting”) which enables it to support many times its own weight. After experimenting with different materials, we decided on 200 pound test corrugate, which balances durability with minimal weight and bulk. Dozens of digital and handmade prototypes later, we found a geometry similar to the architecture of a cantilever bridge, with a central truss aligned to the direction of the corrugated fluting to maximize rigidity and distribute weight. We're not talking pizza boxes.
During our testing, Lapdeck had no problem supporting a 37-inch flat screen TV and a 25-pound laser printer, among many heavy items we subjected it to. Lapdeck is designed for use on soft surfaces like upholstery and bedding. As long as you're on a soft surface, Lapdeck’s patent-pending geometry actually becomes more rigid supporting heavier, wider objects. Since Lapdeck is made from corrugated fiberboard and uses no adhesives, it’s naturally less rigid than materials like wood and plastic, but is plenty sturdy for normal use with laptops up to 18 inches and 8 pounds.
Lapdeck creates a portable workspace anywhere you need it
Lapdeck is made to be personalized with your own notes, drawings, and creativity. To inspire you with the possibilities, we've partnered with 4 amazing artists to create the Lapdeck Art limited series of backer rewards, in addition to the pure white Lapdecks that are ready for your imagination.
Each artist will paint, illustrate, print, or otherwise customize a standard Lapdeck in their style, to help inspire you when you're doing what you do best!
Each Lapdeck from the Lapdeck Art limited series is available for $60 (before shipping.)
Mandy's portfolio: http://www.findmeintheclouds.com/
Mandy's philosophy: "My artistic vision is to explore the funky life of color and lines, exploding them together to create something magical and inspiring!"
Here's a sample of what Mandy has in mind. The final design of each Art Lapdeck will be at the discretion of the artist.
"Infamous" Tony Hernandez
Tony's portfolio: http://talentedgraphicdesigner.com
Tony's philosophy: "I love to create. My passion with art is to explore and share my vision of life with the masses."
Here's a sample of what Tony has in mind. The final design of each Art Lapdeck will be at the discretion of the artist.
Jessica's portfolio: http://www.jessicarodrigue.com/
Jessica's philosophy: "I paint my world with pixels and pigment!"
Here's a sample of what Jessica has in mind. The final design of each Art Lapdeck will be at the discretion of the artist.
Jeff's portfolio: http://www.jwilliamsondesign.com/
Jeff's philosophy: "I see my work in the tradition of painting and collage while exploiting the power of the digital."
Here's a sample of what Jeff has in mind. The final design of each Art Lapdeck will be at the discretion of the artist.
How the Lapdeck came to be
Trying to roadtrip with my laptop desk, the proverbial "eureka" hit me: if only this was made to travel! And so launched my mission to make the laptop desk portable: lightweight, packable, and easy to replace and recycle when necessary.
Developing Lapdeck is not my first rodeo. In 2004, I created the Cordster, a simple product available here. Tens of thousands have been distributed by Google, FedEx, and many other companies.
Our manufacturing partner for Lapdeck is here in Atlanta, Georgia, and they specialize in production of corrugated pieces for commercial packaging and promotional use in store displays. I have spent time getting to know their operations and they know how to produce the Lapdeck with a high level of precision.
The first step in producing the Lapdeck is the creation of the die that will cut and score the necessary shape from the raw corrugate. At the volumes our manufacturing partner works, it will take approximately 2 weeks to produce the tooling and make the first test run of Lapdecks. This will allow the quality of the die to be checked against the prototypes and ensure that the full run will match the specifications required.
After delivery of the initial run of Lapdecks, they will be shipped. We have identified the most suitable shipping materials and methods to deliver to you, our backers, your finished Lapdecks.
This Kickstarter will fund the tooling necessary to manufacture the Lapdeck, as well as the production and shipment of all backer rewards.
Thank you for checking us out and please share with your friends!
Risks and challenges
Having taken an idea from concept through production and fulfillment, I understand the attention to detail required to bring a product to market. During the design process for Lapdeck, we spent months prototyping, investigating tooling, and making improvements to the design to ensure the product is ready for customers. Here is what we've done to mitigate the likely risks:
DESIGN: We have worked with professional structural and packaging designers to develop the Lapdeck, and we've refined our designs based on input from prospective users along the way.
MANUFACTURING: The tooling to manufacture Lapdeck is expensive and requires expertise to fabricate. To minimize the possibility of delays we will enter the production stage with a local back-up supplier already identified.
FULFILLMENT: Sometimes things happen that aren't planned for: a supplier deadline is missed, a machine breaks down, or a shipment gets lost. We will be working with a manufacturer which has years of experience delivering excellent products in large quantities, and any obstacles will be addressed by our internal knowledge combined with external expertise. We invite your questions along the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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