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Apogee Monitor Stand: For iMac and Thunderbolt Displays

The Apogee aluminum monitor stand makes your desktop look incredible while providing a more comfortable viewing angle for your display.

Apogee Monitor Stand: For iMac and Thunderbolt Displays

The Apogee aluminum monitor stand makes your desktop look incredible while providing a more comfortable viewing angle for your display.

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Powerslide Labs combines modern art with state of the art electronics.  We thank you for your support and hope you love our products!

We are two guys who simply wanted to buy something that would match our iMac and Thunderbolt Display.  We hit Amazon and Google, but couldn't find anything.  We really respect the team at Twelvesouth, but didn't like the looks of their solution for Apple iMacs and monitors.  We simply couldn't find anything that looked as good as the rest of our office.  That's when we finally decided to launch our own design company, leveraging our many years of experience in product deveopment.  What we came up with was different than anything else out there, plus we thought it looked great.  It also helped the bad posture we were developing while sitting in front of our monitors for extended periods.  While we were at it, we solved the issue of having USB ports on the back of the iMac and Thunderbolt Displays.  We think we found the perfect combination of solutions and value.

Apogee Stand

The Apogee aluminum monitor stand makes your desktop look incredible while providing a more comfortable viewing angle for your iMac or Thunderbolt Display. Apogee is made of high quality aluminum, so it easily supports even the heft of the previous generation 27” iMacs. The height of the stand is designed to put the iMac or Thunderbolt Display at a better viewing angle to help address possible issues with back or neck pain.

Apogee was over-built to carry the weight of the heaviest and largest computers and screens. There are grippy feet to keep the stand in place, while protecting the desktop from scratches. There is a cable management system built into the stand which hides cables from the optional built-in hub, but can also help hide USB cables coming from the back of an iMac or Thunderbolt Display.

Built-In USB 3.0 Hub

The stand also optionally comes with a 3 port USB 3.0 hub built in and hidden, to keep unsightly ports from detracting from a clean, modern destop. The ports are easily accessible though, and support thumbdrives, all-in-one memory sticks, and external hard drives, as well as charging for iPhones and iPads.  The stand has hidden cable trays to keep cables out of sight.  Easily plug in your thumb drives and other peripherals.

The perfect complement

Having an awesome looking office can be marred by a single item.  Finally, there is a monitor stand that is every bit as beautiful and functional as the stuff being cranked out of Cupertino.  The modern office deserves computers and accessories that match it's high end beauty and form.

Ergo...ergonomics

You don't get much adjustment vertically out of the monitors and computers coming from Cupertino.  That's where the stand can save a pain in your neck, literally.  The monitor is raised to just the right height for most users.  Also, space is created underneath for moving keyboards and mice out of the way.  Use the ample room up top to hold accessories.

What's left...

We need funding to purchase die-cast tooling for the aluminum stand, as well as injection molding tooling for the accessory parts and hub enclosure.  

We also need to fund the first run of contract manufacturing for the electronics of the hub.

Then, we need to get through agency certifications like CE, FCC, and USB Superspeed.

Why are we setting our goal at $100,000?  Initial tooling will cost us $40,000 for the metal and plastic parts.  We will pay $5000 for shipping of quantity 1000 to us (not including shipping to you guys!).  Then we have to pay for the actual parts themselves at a quantity of 1000.  We then need to pay for the awesome (and recyclable) packaging to protect the stand while it travels to you.  Agency certifications will take another $8,000 to $10,000.  After that, Kickstarter and Amazon take their cut for hosting our project and payment management.  Do the math and you can see we aren't crazy for what we're asking.

If we get any extra, then we'll apply it to development tool upgrades and advertising post project.  We are already in development on our next project!

Our careers before Powerslide Labs were managing complex product developments in a technology industry. Check out our bio and Linked In profiles. We have the experience and contacts to make this happen successfully and quickly.

Thanks!

We really appreciate your support in making this happen.  To keep costs in check, we really need to make orders for 1000 units.  Tell your friends!

Feb 18 Update:

We have finalized a couple of vendors. We've also been busy reaching out to tech sites who have the right audience.  We are seeing some very nice tweets and a few sites highlighting Apogee, like Gadgetmac.com/news.  We will be ready to go at the end of this project.

Risks and challenges

First run production is always an exciting time. We have found two vendors to manufacture, plus a couple of backups. We will be on site during the initial start up to ensure the product is correct and with high quality. We've been at this for years.

Agency certifications are always a little risky, but our experience designing and delivering products for a large corporation in the past will allow us to move quickly through them. We will obtain CE, FCC, and USB 3.0 Superspeed certificates.

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    Just the stand please! Make your desktop into something incredible with this sturdy aluminum stand. Ergonomically friendly and functional, Apogee is built to support the heaviest iMacs and Thunderbolt Displays. No hub included.

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    LIMITED TIME: BASIC Edition - Make your desktop into something incredible with this sturdy aluminum stand. Ergonomically friendly and functional, includes conveniently accesible, built in USB 3.0 3-port hub and power supply cable only. Expedited shipping not available at this level.

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    Get a personally autographed edition of the Apogee stand. Make your desktop into something incredible with this sturdy aluminum stand. Ergonomically friendly and functional, includes conveniently accessible, built in USB 3.0 3-port hub. Plus, you go on our "thank you" page on the website.

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    Get the special edition run of the Apogee stand with WHITE accents. Make your desktop into something incredible with this sturdy aluminum stand. Ergonomically friendly and functional, includes conveniently accessible, built in USB 3.0 3-port hub. Plus, you go on our "SPECIAL thank you" page on the website.

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