About this project
The CushPad is a cushion that has been precisely shaped to comfortably and securely hold your iPad (the iPad 2 or the new "iPad 3") on uneven or unstable surfaces like a couch, bed, seat-tray table on a plane, or your lap. It's like a pillow for your iPad! It's 100% MADE IN CHICAGO.
Are you an iPad couch potato? An iPad night owl? Or a parent of children hooked on their iPads -- then you need the CushPad!
Why the CushPad?
Have you ever tried to watch a movie on your iPad, holding it the entire time or trying to prop it on a pillow? The iPad accessory market is a crowded one. However, while most accessories aim to be sleek, compact, minimalistic, overflowing with features, and simultaneously "universal", the New CushPad is aimed at a much more simple and overlooked aspect of common iPad usage: comfort. The iPad has become a single source for users to access a whole spectrum of information and media; TV, movies, music, the internet, video chatting, and now even enterprise email and document management. It makes sense that more and more people are now using their iPads more frequently, for longer periods of time, and in more places than just on a desk at work or at school, but instead in bed, on the couch, walking around the house, in a car, or on a plane.
The goal of this KickStarter -- what your pledges are going towards -- is simple: the production of the New CushPad.. Due to the constraints of the production processes and the minimum order quantities imposed with the materials required to make the New CushPad, it's actually easier, in a way, to have the New CushPad made at higher quantities than in small batches.. and that's what the goal of this KickStarter boils down to..
Baltimore Sun "Meet the CushPad: The perfect, plush case for your iPad"
TUAW.com "Yeah, it's goofy-looking, but the CushPad works and it's comfortable when you're trying to hold an iPad 2 in your lap for hours on end."
USAToday.com "There are loads of iPad apps to keep young children entertained, but do you really want those little hands gripping your precious hardware? The Cushpad can eliminate some of that anxiety."
Tablets2Cases.com "The new iPad case is a must have for all couch potatoes, but parents of restless children will also find the CushPad an integral part of their kid’s day."
Technabob.com "So if you’re looking for a solution for using your iPad 2 in bed (or on any other uneven surface), you might want to check out the Cushpad."
The prototype that appears in the video is white because the fabric is undyed. Part of initiating production will be ordering the fabric for the new CushPads, including new colors. The colors will be: Blue, Red, Green, Black, and Pink. Please specify which color you want by choosing the appropriate pledge option on the right when pledging. Above is a digital preview of what the new CushPad will look like.
The CushPad is designed to tightly fit the profile of the iPad 2 and the new iPad (3rd generation). It will not work well with the original iPad (1st generation) or with an iPad with a significantly bulky case.
The New CushPad
The New CushPad has some very exciting enhancements:
- firmer foam and a subtly refined shape for a tighter hold on the iPad
- the cover is made with "stretchier" fabric, making for a better fit over the foam
- silicone-based plastisol ink prints (instead of puff ink) to keep the iPad from slipping around inside the CushPad
- raised edges to keep the iPad from "sliding" out of the ends of the CushPad
- new colors!
All of these enhancements make for an incredible product that I can't wait to share with all of you.
The Story of the First CushPad
After getting frustrated for the millionth time trying to prop up my iPad while using it on the couch, I'd had enough. I was tired of my hand falling asleep while holding the iPad or almost dropping and breaking it. So I set out to find a product that would allow me to use my iPad comfortably on the couch or in bed, but couldn't find anything close to what I'd envisioned in my head.. So, I did what any normal person would do; I built a hot-wire foam cutter in my garage and got to cutting. I finished the first prototype CushPad last September and my iPad has rarely left it since.
After realizing how dependent upon the CushPad I'd become, I considered having it professionally manufactured. I was incredibly fortunate to find all of the manufacturing facilities I needed right in Chicago -- the foam is made on the South Side and the cover is manufactured on the North Side! I launched the first CushPad pilot in late November and, after a slow start, I completely sold out of the first test batch overnight after a mention on TUAW.com in early January.
Despite the first version of the CushPad being really great, it left a lot of room for improvement. I've had some more of the original CushPads made while feverishly refining its design to get to this point..
Music: "Something Elated" by Broke For Free
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