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A stylish, hand-built tablet stand, with aerospace sophistication and race-car attitude. Solid and versatile, in a lasting design.
A stylish, hand-built tablet stand, with aerospace sophistication and race-car attitude. Solid and versatile, in a lasting design.
90 backers pledged $13,420 to help bring this project to life.

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The F2 is more than a tablet stand. When you see it on its own for the first time, you might do a double-take, and wonder what it is. With its subtle curves and carefully proportioned lines, it's functional art that stands out on its own. Its minimalist style is distilled from the very essence of what it has to be -- a versatile tablet stand that outperforms all others. When it looks good, it feels right, and that's when something very special happens to an ordinary object. It comes to life. 

"The Black", ready for takeoff.
"The Black", ready for takeoff.

Functional and Versatile. Works with Everything.

The F2 does what it does, and looks good doing it. It's a tablet stand that can outperform any other, while doing it in style. It's incredibly light, and has an infinite adjustment range that lets you set and view your tablet at any angle. A steep angle is great for Facetime and Skype, while a shallow angle is great for typing. Watch movies or even look up recipes while cooking. You can also fold it flat when you're on the road. It's versatile -- compatible with just about any tablet, from e-readers to iPads(Minis too), with or without cases. As long as it fits within the 5" x 5.5"(127mm x 139.7mm) rubber pads, it'll work! And speaking of rubber pads, they're military grade, and placed wherever they might come in contact. That means they'll last forever, and never scratch your tablet.

Folds flat for traveling.
Folds flat for traveling.
From steep to shallow, instantly set it at any viewing angle.
From steep to shallow, instantly set it at any viewing angle.

Designed and Handmade in California

The F2 is engineered not like a tablet stand, but like high-performance machinery. From its efficient weight-saving structure to its sturdy fastening, the construction technique comes straight from aircraft and race-car design. From raw metal to finished product, I make each of them, one by one, from high-grade aluminum and stainless steel hardware. Some of the parts are even military-spec -- not just regular stuff from hardware stores. That makes the the F2 more durable and special than any commonly available stand.

You'll be able to get the F2 in four colors; two powder-coated colors in Comfrey(green) and Radiant Orchid; and two hand-brushed and anodized in Gun Metal and Black. "The Black" serialized edition will have a special Type III hard anodize, a very rugged and durable finish commonly used in military equipment.

Every hand-brushed F2 has a unique pattern. No two are alike.
Every hand-brushed F2 has a unique pattern. No two are alike.

DARWINmachine F2 features:

  • Aircraft grade aluminum, powder-coated Radiant Orchid, Comfrey, or hand-brushed, anodized Gun Metal. Also available in hand-brushed, hard anodized black(limited edition).
  • Mil Spec MIL-G-3036 abrasion resistant rubber padding and stainless steel hardware
  • Light and compact
  • Portrait or landscape orientation
  • Infinite viewing angle adjustment
  • Symmetrical tripod design for great stability
  • For all iPads and iPad Minis, and other similarly sized devices
  • Works with cases up to 3/4", 19mm thick
  • No tools required
  • Designed and handmade in California
  • Folded Dimensions: 6"x5.5"x2", 152.5mm x 140mm x 51mm
  • Weight: 3 1/8 oz., 89g
Radiant Orchid F2
Radiant Orchid F2
Gun Metal F2
Gun Metal F2
Gun Metal F2 shown with an iPad Mini
Gun Metal F2 shown with an iPad Mini
Great for checking email. The Stark F2
Great for checking email. The Stark F2

 Funding from Kickstarter

With your support, I'll have the funds I need to start producing F2s, and get them in your hands. It would also allow DARWINmachine to keep going, and bring more exciting new designs to life. Thanks for your support!

With a $25 pledge, I will show you how to make your own smartphone stand!
With a $25 pledge, I will show you how to make your own smartphone stand!

Risks and challenges

The F2's design is finalized and ready to go into production. Since I've already been making products before the F2, I have a very good working system in place, with reliable equipment and solid relationships with suppliers. I've always delivered, from simple smartphone holders to custom workstations; anywhere in the world from Dubai to Perth.
If I were to get more orders than I can handle by myself, there may be a bit of a delay in getting the F2 out to you. Not to worry though. If this happens, I'll get extra hands to help me out, and give you regular progress updates.

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    Thank you for your support! I'll keep you updated on new projects from DARWINmachine!

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    A personal note, with PDF instructions and diagrams on how to build your own smartphone stand.

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    First Edition - The F2 in Radiant Orchid or Comfrey(green). Durable powder-coated finish.

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    Stark - For the purist, F2 edition in bare aluminum with just the hand-brushed finish.Pure and clean, Nothing else.

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    First Edition - The F2 in Gun Metal, hand-brushed and anodized.

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    Full Spec - Gun Metal F2 upgraded with military-spec hardware. The same stainless steel hardware used in "The Black".

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    The Black - Special edition of 99. Hand-brushed and Type III, mil-spec anodized. Commonly known as "hard anodize", this tough finish is found in military and aerospace equipment, and has a very serious, satin black luster. Upgraded stainless steel hardware.

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    Special First Edition Set of 2 - 1 Radiant Orchid, and 1 Comfrey. Get one for work. Get one for play.

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    The Black - Warp Speed. Can't wait to get it? There are 12 "The Black" F2s ready to ship as soon as the campaign ends.

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    Special First Edition Set of 3 - 1 Gun Metal, 1 Radiant Orchid, and 1 Comfrey. Get one for work. Get one for play. Get one for a friend.

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    Hand-brushed Trio Set - A set of all hand-brushed editions. 1 "Stark", 1 Gun Metal, and 1 "The Black". One for the office. One for home. One for the road.

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    Origin - "The Black", numbers P1~P4/4, plus one of four functional prototype F2s never seen before. See how the F2 evolved. Compare them with fellow pledgers. Prototypes are numbered and clear anodized. If you're in the Bay Area, I'll personally deliver them to you, and even give you a first-hand demo!

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    Evolve it - Thank you for your pledge! I will design and build a special F2 for you, custom tailored for your needs, in any color you like. Need a special locked-down version for your business? No problem!

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    Recombination - My undivided, focussed attention on anything you want me to design -- be it a specialized tablet stand for your company, or even a dream-machine PC workstation. The only limit is that it must be outrageously cool.

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