One of the problems with the Smart Cover is that it doesn't work as a stand in portrait mode.
So while designing Smarter Stand I must confess that this issue was haunting me quite a bit. Yet, like Apple often does, I resisted the urge to increase the complexity, bulk or weight of the product to address one particular issue, choosing to ignore it instead for the sake of minimalism and elegance.
But that doesn't mean this limitation had stopped haunting my inner geek :-)
So over the week-end I experimented with one of the Smarter Stand pre-production samples and came-up with a very simple but effective solution that allows using Smarter Stand to set the iPad in an adjustable 10-20 degrees low portrait stand position.
And yes, I kept Smarter Stand minimalist: The only difference is that you'll be getting 2 non-slip pads (maybe even 3 - as you'll see in the second video) instead of one. All for the same price. Can't complain, right?
All I ask is that you share the hell out of this new feature with your iPad-using-friends in whatever way you prefer: tweets, Facebook posts or likes, good old email, messenger pigeon. Whatever works for you!
Here are some pictures and you can scroll down for a couple of videos:
Special note for distributors and resellers
If you want to carry Smarter Stand before the holidays, as several of you have already expressed strong interest in doing, I highly recommend that you snag one of the distributor specials listed on the right-hand-side of the project page right now. Why?
- Kickstarter distributor orders will ship before any non-Kickstarter distributor orders
- If you order one of the distributor specials of 100 units or more, we will air-ship your order straight from the factory at no extra charge so you'll get it before anyone else does (sorry but we can't do that for smaller orders given the prohibitive price of international shipping by air!)
- The quantity discounts listed on the product page are quite good and not likely to get any better after the Kickstarter project ends (on the contrary).
As a reminder, here are direct links to each of the 4 distributor specials:
- 30 Smarter Stands in the colors of your choice - $339
- 100 Smarter Stands in the colors of your choice - $999*
- 300 Smarter Stands in the colors of your choice - $2,399*
- 1000 Smarter Stands in the colors of your choice - $6,499*
*: Air-shipped from the factory to you at no extra charge