About this project
WE DID IT! THANK YOU EVERYONE!
FLOTE is now available at www.FloteYourTablet.com.
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"Remarkable idea, whimsical and practical at the same time."
"... lets you position your iPad anywhere you damn well please — and looks good doing it." - CultofMac.com
"If you find holding your tablet or reader becomes a little uncomfortable after extended periods (then) a new tablet stand called the Flote designed by Dave Cutler might well be worth a look." -GeekyGadgets.com
"An elegant iPad stand that even Jonathan Ive would approve of."
" Awesome" - OhGizmo!
"... sophisticated design and offers lots of potential... well worth supporting." - iPadAccesories.com
" FLOTE is a beautiful way to hold your favorite tablet." - RedFerret
"...makes tablet usage hands-free, looks cool doing it."- Technobob
" Great idea" - TechFever.net
" Elegant and simple. You no longer have to hold a tablet to read or watch a movie, letting you enjoy your content instead of worrying about body aches" - UBERGIZMO
Named a "Top 5 Stand Designed for Tablets"- ZedoMax
"This new and exiting product can help in so many ways for people without disabilities, but boy do I like the implications for people with disabilities." - disabilitiesunlimited.org
FLOTE REVIEWED ON SF BAY AREA TV! WOW! SEE IT HERE.
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Thank you for taking the time to learn about the FLOTE™.
"If the pundits are right, and the touch-screen tablet is the future of computing, then we’ll have to come to terms with the Handling Issue: unlike with a laptop or desktop computer, you have to hold a tablet with your hand as you’re using it." - David Pogue, NY TIMES
"But the iPad is much heavier than the Kindle and most people will need two hands to use it." - Walt Mossberg, WSJ
"Even at 1.5 pounds, the iPad feels heavy to hold." - Matt Brewer, MAC FANATIC
57% of iPAD / 61% of eReader owners read in bed - NIELSEN
"It's (iPAD) too heavy. It is. Just admit it." - Henry Blodget, CEO The Business Insider/ HUFF POST TECH
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After too many nights experiencing tingling fingers and pains in my neck and shoulders, I decided that I wanted to create something new that would hold my tablet for me as I browsed, read, or watched a movie– particularly while I was on a couch, chair, or even better– my bed. It had to be cool looking so it didn't detract from the experience, and it had to be simple and hassle-free to adjust.
This was my inspiration for the FLOTE.
SO WHAT IS THE FLOTE™?
The FLOTE is a machined-metal floor stand designed to securely hold a wide variety of tablets like the iPAD® or e-readers like the Kindle® in virtually any position so you can use them hands-free for prolonged periods of time.
Not only does it hold it where you put it, but the patent-pending FLOTE is also simple to adjust without the hassle of tightening or loosening any knobs or screws each time you move something. You simply put the tablet where you want it, and it stays there until you move it.
The FLOTE's clean, sophisticated design compliments most interiors while truly enhancing your tablet or e-reader experience. It's built by U.S. craftspeople, and is made of machined metals that will withstand years of regular use.
(Note to Nook® owners that a case is required to use it with the FLOTE.)
HOW THE FUNDS WILL BE USED.
It took us several months of working and testing with designers, engineers and fabricators to be ready the FLOTE for release. But before we step up to manufacturing, I need to prove that there is true market demand. Your support will do just that, and funds will be used to get required tooling and refine manufacturing processes.
REWARDS. FOR KICKSTARTER CONTRIBUTORS ONLY.
The engraved, stainless steel Official FLOTE Kickstarter Commemorative Plate is for Kickstarter contributors only. The plate goes on top of the Base Cylinder during assembly after you receive your FLOTE. (Speaking of which, assembly of the FLOTE is very simple, taking only a few minutes to accomplish.)
Below is the design that will appear on either the t-shirt or hoody sweatshirt rewards:
The chart below was created to, well, chart out the various reward options.
Thank you again for considering the FLOTE and possibly making a pledge to help make it a real product. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.
MORE THANK YOUs.
I also want to thank a number of great people who were extremely generous and kind with their time, guidance, advice and friendship. Most of these people helped me get to this point without any request for, or guarantee of, some type of compensation. They did so because they believe in me, the FLOTE, and in creating innovative products that will help our economy grow once again. To each of you, my sincere and heartfelt thank you.
Carol, Dylan & Chelsea Cutler (my wonderful family)
Tony Urgo, Filmmaker and so much more, tonyurgo.com
Jeff Londona, Mechanical Engineer
Mark Mendez, Mechanical Engineer
Wes Garney, Ace Manufacturing & Engineering Solutions, LLC
Mark Nowotarski, marketsandpatents.com
The team at Ansonia Steel and Manufacturing, AnsoniaSteel.com
(with special thanks to Bart, Luis, Mike, Debbie, Robin and Diane)
Fryer Machine Shop
Jonathan Fenwick, Graphic Designer
Carol Cutler, Actor
Chelsea Cutler, Actor, Guitarist
Bob & Nancy Ponturo, Actors
Michael and Lindsay Mitchell, Actors
Chad and Jack Gagnon, Actors
Ivona Alberino, Actor
Cody and Riley, Wildlife Actors
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© 2011 Dave Cutler/DCS CONCEPTS. Dave Cutler/DCS CONCEPTS reserves all rights to the FLOTE™ name and logo. The FLOTE™ design is U.S. Patent-Pending. Design subject to change. Sorry, for shipments outside the U.S. are either not available or only under certain circumstances. Please contact us directly for more info.
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