Wingo Case for Kindle E-Readers: Advanced Ergonomic Design
Wingo Case for Kindle E-Readers: Advanced Ergonomic Design
A medical approach leads to an ultra-comfortable ergonomic case for E-Readers & Tablets.
A medical approach leads to an ultra-comfortable ergonomic case for E-Readers & Tablets. Read more
About this project
This campaign has ended, but you can visit our website at WingoCase.com to see our latest designs and read the most recent news about the Wingo Project!
Wingo Case in the Media...
E-Book Friendly - “Wingo Case is the most comfortable way to read on a Kindle”
Cult of Mac - “Wingo Easy-Hold Kindle Case Would Be Perfect For The iPad Mini”
Mashable - “Ergonomic Case for Tablets Aims to Help You Avoid Carpal Tunnel”
AOL.On - “Get a Grip on Your Kindle with Wingo”
Tablet2Cases - “The Kindle 4 is Spreading its Wings Inside the Ambulant Wingo Case”
Crowd Outlet - “Wingo Case for Kindle E-Readers: ultra-comfortable and ergonomic”
Tech Digest - "The Wingo Case features a unique ergonomic design…”
Mind of the Geek - “Wingo case for Kindle E-Readers lifts away reading pain”
Zimbio - “Wingo Tablet Cases avoid Carpal Tunnel Pain”
Media Bistro - “Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week”
New Reward! - Limited Edition T-Shirt
Ask the Experts...
"I have observed countless users of e-reading devices, such as the Kindle, hold the devices for long periods of time with observable awkward postures and pinch grips, both of which are known antecedents of repetitive stress injuries. The Wingo is a simple but elegant solution to the growing dilemma of how to hold tablet devices without undue effort, strain or fatigue, especially when using only one hand. Its "wings" virtually hold onto the user's hand, negating the need for the user to pinch the device and carry the burden of the weight with the finger tips. I think that it represents a valuable ergonomic option for frequent users of such devices."
Anthony D. Andre, Ph.D., CPE Founding Principal, Interface Analysis Associates Professor, Human Factors & Ergonomics, San Jose State University Past President, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
UPDATE: A recent article in Tech News Daily sought expert opinion from Dr. Andre in regard to ergonomics and e-readers. Here is an excerpt from the article:
"This one’s surprising — while E Ink surfaces are much better for your eyes than backlit screens, the way users hold e-readers is typically much worse for us than the way we hold tablets or smartphones, said Dr. Anthony Andre of the Human Factors and Ergonomics department at San Jose State University. E-readers require next to no physical movement, not even the taps and swipes required of tablets, Andre pointed out. And that lack of motion, combined with the way many users will hold an e-reader, can take its toll. [E-readers] look small enough to hold out in front of you, suspended in the air with just a pinch grip," Andre said, "but that grip [combined with poor posture]… definitely can and does cause aggravation [to the hand, arm and shoulders].”
Full article can be found here: http://www.technewsdaily.com/17867-who-killed-the-ereader.html
A Message from Team Wingo:
When we received Dr. Andre’s final thoughts about our design (above) our team was overjoyed to say the least…and very relieved. To receive official confirmation that we had achieved what we set out to do, and to know that all of the hard work we put into our vision has led to a design that not only is extremely comfortable, but relieves the pain of people with hand ailments, and could potentially PREVENT Repetitive Stress Injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome…in children too…was a truly amazing day for us.
"This is so cool. The pinching grip to hold the Kindle is gone!" - David M.
What Makes the Wingo So Special?
- Scientific design and a focus on specific ergonomic issues leads to real comfort
- Protects your Kindle / iPad (note: we will be raising the edge of the Wingo Case to provide additional protection, similar to a bumper case for the iPhone. We are also considering adding a protective cover, depending on feedback from our backers).
- Could potentially prevent repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome by significantly reducing grip tension (See the "Repetitive Stress Injuries" section below).
- Versatile design to accommodate your favorite reading positions.
We are EXTREMELY grateful for you taking the time to visit our Kickstarter project. We at Team Wingo (Ambulant) have spent more than a year on a design that we can confidently say is the most comfortable E-Reader case in the world. We have involved numerous Kindle, Nook, and iPad users (many of whom suffer from arthritis and other hand ailments), who told us what they (You!) wanted based on ideal reading positions and specific attributes that led us through several stages of rapid prototypes, eventually arriving at the design you see in the video above.
Our goal was to develop the most comfortable case in the world, by focusing our design on suggestions from the harshest critics, and by integrating functional elements that solve real problems. This is a highly advanced design, internally and externally, built by an all-star team of professionals, using the highest quality, lightweight materials, resulting in a solution that simply makes e-reading more comfortable.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, and something that we are extremely proud of, the Wingo Case has the potential to prevent the development of Repetitive Stress Injuries, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (see Dr. Andre’s statement above). Now we need your support to start bringing intelligent design and advanced ergonomics to the world of e-reading. Please check out the rewards to the right to see the various ways you can get involved in this project. We’d love to have you! We would also like to thank all of those who contributed to our project. We would not be here without you. Thank You!!
Colors - Become a backer today and vote and on your favorite color! (Exact colors are to be determined, but we're sure you will love them!) Also, if you become a backer of Reward #10 you can submit your own custom color to be included in the vote at the end of this campaign.
We are going to manufacture the Wingo in black…and two colors of your choice! After becoming a backer, you will receive an optional survey that allows you to vote for your favorite color. The two colors that receive the most votes will be manufactured along with the black Wingo.
Wingo Case Construction:
The Wingo Case will be made with high quality materials: ABS plastics, flexible rubber housing, with a hallow-core internal structure and a soft-touch outer shell, along with a highly advanced, slow-release pivot system for the wings. We have identified several likely candidates to manufacture here in California, the US, and abroad. Our short list is comprised of very reputable, highly-advanced manufacturing firms, and we will be making our final decision during the course of this campaign, mostly based on volume and, of course, quality. The cost to produce locally will be significantly higher, but we're hoping this to be the case, and believe this to be the best choice for our backers!
The Wingo and Arthritis:
The Arthritis Foundation: The Wingo was designed with the help of avid Kindle users who suffer from arthritis (and other hand ailments). People who suffer from arthritis are at the core of our mission which is why we would like to obtain the “Ease of Use” Certification from the Arthritis Foundation as soon as we are able to pay for the certification process, which includes specially designed packaging. You can read more about the Ease of Use program HERE.
The Wingo Case and Repetitive Stress Injuries:
- Repetitive Stress Injuries are caused by repetitive stress to certain areas of the body. One such repetitive stress injury is known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), which is caused by increased pressure on the median nerve that runs through the passageway in your wrist, known as the carpal tunnel.
- According to the National Library of Medicine, women are 3 times more likely than men to develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This is mainly due to smaller carpal tunnels, providing less protection for the median nerve.
- The Wingo Case is also a great option for those who have already been diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, as it nearly eliminates grip tension required to hold a Kindle and makes your e-reading experience vastly more comfortable.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome was the #1 Reported Medical Problem in the U.S. (www.tipsprevention.com/repetitive-stress-injuries/)
Why We Need your Help..
In order to partner with a high quality manufacturer in the U.S. our first order must exceed a minimum number of units for them to take on our project. A manufacturing facility must go through an intricate series of changes to establish a process to produce a product, especially a product like Wingo Case, which is surprisingly complex (from hollow-core internal structures all the way to soft-finishing the exterior). If you become a backer today you will not only receive a reward with real value, but you will also get email and video updates about our journey from prototype to product. Also, by being a part of this project, you will be at the forefront of the shift into comfortable e-reading.
Attention: Based on Kickstarter policy, this project will only be funded when we reach our goal of $55,000 (all or nothing). If the goal is not met, Backers’ credit cards will not be charged, and pledges and rewards will not be exchanged.
With the $55,000 raised on Kickstarter, we plan to:
- Optimize design for manufacturing
- Design tooling
- Build molds
- Buy materials
- Manufacture individual parts
- Assemble your Wingos!
- Develop basic packaging
- Pay for shipping
There will be a Design Group for almost every model E-Reader & Tablet, each with 50 participants. Backers of Rewards #3-12 will have the option to join one of these groups and collaborate with Team Wingo on the development of a Wingo Case for their model E-Reader or Tablet (Paperwhite, iPad, etc). This includes gathering information such as your personal reading preferences & positions, along with your requests about features you've always dreamed a case would have. The level of interaction and form of communication (email/phone) is up to you! We will also offer an in-person discussion for those willing and able to attend.
If you have an E-Reader or Tablet that is NOT mentioned by name in the rewards, please select Reward #8 if you would like to be involved in a Design Group for your model (any model). After selecting this reward, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know the make and model of your E-Reader or Tablet. There must be a minimum of 50 backers for each model for the Design Group to be activated. Also, each Design Group will be limited to 50 participants. As soon as we reach 50 participants for a given model we will update this section (below).
"Special thanks to Jessica Chesney and Command Partners for their support with PR. Jessica is a true professional and a pleasure to work with." - Team Wingo
"Another big thank you goes out to Patrick Calderon and Johanna Calderon-Dakin for all their PR support and crowdfunding expertise." -Team Wingo
Patents & Trademarks:
The design of the Wingo Case is patent-pending, and the brand name Wingo™ Case is trademark pending.
Risks and challenges
We have identified several potential manufacturers capable of producing the Wingo that meet our strict quality standards, and will be waiting until we have a better idea of volume to determine which manufacturer will be able to meet that volume and fulfill the rewards on time!
Upon reaching our funding goal, we will begin optimizing the design for manufacturing to coincide with the processes used by the manufacturer of our choice (along with raising the edge for added screen protection). Developing a product is challenging, but with the right team those challenges can be mitigated through experience, expertise, and a well established network. Good thing we have all three! Team Wingo is comprised of experts in design and engineering, along with extensive expertise in management consulting, health care, product development, business processes, and manufacturing; a combination that will undoubtedly make this project a success! Thank You for your support!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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