The Arctic Flight is a compact, lightweight case and stand (patent pending) that
drastically improves the ergonomics of using an iPad. In addition, this stand
includes a novel feature that allows the stand to be
attached quickly and easily to the closed tray-table of an airline
seat, while allowing the user to tilt the display, use portrait or landscape orientation, and adjust the
position of the display in both the vertical and horizontal directions. With the tablet attached in this manner, the user has hands-free
access to the all of the tablet features and allows the passenger to,
for example, watch video on the tablet while sitting back
The Arctic Flight has been through several prototypes and refinements. It originated out of the need to support a Nook Color that Anton was using for Android application development. Being an Engineer, he didn't just go to the store and buy a stand, but looked around his office for something that would "make do". A bent steel bookend turned out to serve quite well, and a few weeks later, the idea of the Arctic Flight was born.
Shortly after conceiving the Arctic Flight, Anton went to Europe, and on the return flight, enjoyed a dazzling view of the Greenland ice sheet. The small startup company was already named Arctic, so the view inspired the product name "Arctic Flight".
All of the resources for engineering, manufacturing, and distributing the Arctic Flight have been identified, and are located right here in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. We're collaborating with redgoup (www.redgroup.net) in Minneapolis to finalize the product design, and SBS Group (www.sbs-intl.com) in St. Paul is joining the Arctic team to provide logistics.
Since Arctic is a very small operation with limited resources, as we
develop the product we need to make a lot of choices, which are often
driven by our budget. If Arctic can raise the $60,000 on KICKSTARTER that money will be used to accelerate the development and commercialization of the Arctic Flight. For example, getting high quality rapid prototypes, and early production molds made quickly, increases the already significant cost of these items. With the help of KICKSTARTER backers, we plan to finalize the Arctic Flight design, purchase tooling, and quickly begin production!
Initially, we will make the Arctic Flight for the iPad 2 (a reward for "NEW" 3rd Gen iPad owners has been added, this will take a bit longer due to some extra design work. Please be patient). Over time, we'll introduce versions for other tablets.
The version that you see in the pictures and video is a prototype. We already have designed the next version (though this will not be the final revision) of the Arctic Flight. Once we freeze the design, and release it to manufacturing, the release version will differ from the prototype in a couple of ways. First the version that we ship will not be made of the green polymer used for the prototype. The production version will be a combination of plastic and metal. We plan to initially offer black. Over time, we plan to provide other color choices. Second, the shipping version will incorporate some design changes that will make it easier to manufacture, more robust, and more user friendly. Although you can expect the shipping version will be slightly different from the prototype shown, the Arctic Flight you will receive will retain the features shown, and it will be much BETTER the pictured prototype!
The design of the Arctic Flight has not yet been finalized. We plan to make several refinements before freezing the design, and releasing it to preliminary production. redgroup is now collaborating with Arctic on the final design. They are working furiously to get the next concept out.
Good point, some airlines or jurisdictions might not allow active Bluetooth devices, once the cabin door is closed. It's easy to forget this since so many devices like tablets, laptops, mice, and keyboards with active Bluetooth radios are used on flights every day, and the airlines not only allow, but enable Wi-Fi, which operates in the same bandwidth, but at higher power. So, in order to be compliant with these requirements, you may need to use a wired keyboard in-flight.
Great! You have pre-ordered TWO Arctic Flight holdersone each for iPad 2 and the "New" iPad (3rd Gen) (U.S. shipping to one address included), which should ship within 90 days of the close of the Kickstarter project.