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An ultra-portable device that transforms your laptop into a comfortable desktop workstation.

About this project

  • "It's really good, I've been using my laptop all day long without the normal shoulder and back pain" 

                      - Will Smith, www.tested.com

  • "The stand is super convenient–I toss it in my bag every day along with my thin Apple keyboard and track pad, and can quickly set up shop in the office, in coffee shops, wherever."

                      - Billy Gallagher, TechCrunch

  • "I need this product and don’t want to work without it." 
  • "I feel like a can work way longer, my back feels good, my eyes don’t strain." 
                      - Jeremy, 2 Months using The Roost, Santa Cruz, CA

  • "Dude, I'm never using my MacBook Pro without The Roost ever again." 
  • "After a 2-day data-crunching gig that used to wreck me, I felt great this time [after using The Roost]. It was amazing." 
                      - Brandon, 1 Month using the Roost, Denver, CO

Why do I need "The Roost"?

"The Roost" is truly portable, you will want to take it everywhere.

The Roost Collapsed w/ 13" MacBook Air.  No Wider than your laptop, 1" x 1.5" x 13".
The Roost Collapsed w/ 13" MacBook Air. No Wider than your laptop, 1" x 1.5" x 13".

How does the Roost help me?

The Roost helps you by elevating your laptop screen to the correct height to prevent you from hunching. You will feel better, have better posture, and will be able to work longer at your laptop. 

And The Roost is truly portable, you can take it anywhere. 

  • Extremely lightweight - 5 oz 
  • Extremely compact - folds down into a 1” x 1.5” x 13” package 
  • Super strong - made from Carbon Fiber and Delrin (a super plastic)

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What is wrong with my laptop?


*** Laptops were never designed for long-term use! ***

It is virtually impossible to use a laptop without putting your body in a compromising and harmful position. 

Laptop screens are far below eye height and are permanently attached to keyboard. This forces:

  • The head and neck to extend forward 
  • The back to hunch
  • The arms/hands to contort to the keyboard

This posture is unsustainable and many find out the hard way, including me.  The very common side effects are:

  • Carpal Tunnel, Cubital Tunnel ("Repetitive Strain Injuries" (RSI))
  • Poor posture
  • Constant staring at the ground (just kidding... sort of)

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The Roost Total Case - New Product!

Add $20 to your pledge for the Roost Total Case
Add $20 to your pledge for the Roost Total Case

The Roost Total Case allows you to keep your Roost, portable keyboard, and mouse all organized in a minimalist, low-profile case. The total height of the case will be just over an inch. The case will be grey in color and made with a stiff and thin backing board, high quality elastic and mesh.

Add $20 to your current pledge to get the Roost Total Case with your Roost (Multiples of $20 if you want more than 1).

$200K Stretch Goal - All White Roost!

The Roost - All White
The Roost - All White

If the campaign reaches $200K (!!!), this All White Roost is available to all who ordered a Colored Roost ($70 reward). This Roost is super clean in All White. If the campaign reaches $200K, this version will be available to anyone who ordered a Colored Roost.

If you ordered a $65 Black Roost or an Early Bird, please add $5 to your pledge. You will be able to make your selection for the all white Roost in a survey I will be sending at the end of the campaign.

STRETCH GOAL - $100,000 - REACHED!

Microfiber Carrying Case for All


The Roost Microfiber Carrying Case
The Roost Microfiber Carrying Case
  • Use it to clean that laptop screen!
  • Constructed of durable yet super soft microfiber cloth 
  • Drawstring closure
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The Roost in Action:

The Roost - A Desktop Replacement
The Roost - A Desktop Replacement
Use for perfect extended desktop
Use for perfect extended desktop
The Roost for good posture
The Roost for good posture
The Roost in the shop
The Roost in the shop
The Roost
The Roost
The Roost lofts the laptop screen to the height of a typical desktop computer monitor.
The Roost lofts the laptop screen to the height of a typical desktop computer monitor.

How do I use The Roost?

Will my laptop fit The Roost?

*** Please visit the Laptop Fitting Guide to verify your laptop ***

*** Note: The Roost fits laptops with 13" screen or greater ***

*** If you are not sure if your laptop will fit, please send me a message with the "Contact Me" button underneath my picture at top right of page ***

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Color Options for The Roost:

*** If you order a colored Roost, you will receive a survey at the completion of the campaign, where you will select the color *** 

Portable Keyboard and Mice:

Use The Roost with a portable bluetooth keyboard and wireless mouse.

My favorite mice: 

  • Evoluent Vertical Mouse, vertical mouse is a life-saver, greatly reduces strain on elbow
  • Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse, folds down really flat, for easy packing.

My favorite bluetooth keyboards:

  • Amazon Basics Kindle Keyboard, great keypad feel, easy on/off button
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard, very well made, looks great, pricey

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Why Made in USA, why Kickstarter?

Raising the ~$200,000 plus necessary to have injection molds produced in China was not how I wanted to do the project. I wanted to build it in the USA. So The Roost was designed from the ground up to be producible at medium-to-high quantities from equipment that one can run in a small production area. 

The solution involves innovative manufacturing approaches using off-the-shelf components, a laser cutter, and hand-pressed rivets. No Plastic Injection molds were used in making the Roost. Half of the fun was finding innovative materials and processes to meet my manufacturing plan.

Kickstarter will be used to fund the manufacturing equipment purchase of the laser cutter, rivet dies and squeezers, mechanical presses, and other shop equipment. If the kickstarter is successful, the Roost factory will be well-equipped to produce medium-to-high volumes of Roosts for years to come!

The Roost is patent pending.

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Design Highlights

Problem: Getting your laptop screen to the correct height is inherently precarious because it will be at least a foot off the desk.  

Solution: Using an innovative way of suspending the laptop from the base of the screen (as opposed to the conventional method of resting the laptop on a surface), The Roost literally “clips in” to your laptop to hold it extremely securely.  It is as stable as if your laptop were sitting on the desk.

Problem: For the product to truly be useful, the product must be highly collapsible to fit into your bag / briefcase / backpack / etc.

Solution: 

Using two mechanical mechanisms: 1) a “scissor lift” that construction workers use to lift themselves 50+ feet off the ground combined with 2) the action of a conventional folding chair, The Roost holds laptops of any weight and greater than 13” screen size, and folds down into a highly compact 1” x 1.5” x 13” shape.

Problem: The Roost must be extremely durable because it will be tossed around with your travel gear.

Solution:

The Roost - Holding 132lbs of cinder blocks
The Roost - Holding 132lbs of cinder blocks
Constructed from Carbon Fiber and Delrin plastic, two of the toughest modern materials, the Roost was over designed to outlive your laptop.
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Who is using the Roost?

Broadly, anyone who uses a laptop:

  • Creative professionals, especially those that travel / work on location
  • Designers, Graphic Artists, Video Editors, Producers
  • DJs, performing artists, musicians
  • Photographers
  • Writers, Reporters, Social Media
  • Developers / programmers
  • Students
  • Consultants
  • Sales professionals
  • Gamers

Other Uses:

iPad / Tablet Stand
iPad / Tablet Stand
Book Stand
Book Stand

Special Thanks:

Risks and challenges

The risks of orders not being fulfilled on time is very low.

The version of the Roost you watched in the video was made on the actual production equipment with production materials. I've been committed to building Roosts from the get-go, part of this included purchasing the laser cutter that will be used for production. (Kickstarter funds will go to offset this cost)

No additional development is required for the Roost.

The purchase orders for the production materials are written and ready to be enacted.

I am currently limited to building ~1200 Roosts per month. If orders surpass this number, I will either 1) purchase/find additional laser cutting resources or 2) add new reward categories with later delivery dates.

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Rewards

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    Pledge $10 or more

    27 backers

    The Roost Supporter.
    Your name will be added to the Roost website as a part of the Roost kickstarter backer team!

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    Pledge $60 or more

    250 backers All gone!

    The Roost - Limited Edition. Roosts will be engraved with serialized #001 of 250, #002 of 250, etc.
    Also engraved with "Original Kickstarter Backer".
    $60 for All Black |
    For Colored Carbon Fiber legs, add $5 (total $65) and specify color from the color options list.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $65 or more

    450 backers All gone!

    The Roost - All Black

    Engraved with "Original Kickstarter Backer".

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $65 or more

    650 backers All gone!

    The Roost - All Black
    *** September Delivery ***
    Engraved with "Original Kickstarter Backer".

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $65 or more

    389 backers Limited (261 left of 650)

    The Roost - All Black *** October Delivery *** Engraved with "Original Kickstarter Backer".

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $70 or more

    200 backers All gone!

    The Roost - in COLOR!
    You pick the color for the carbon fiber legs:
    White | Titanium | Green | Red | Blue | Orange | Purple | Yellow | Pink

    Engraved with "Original Kickstarter Backer".

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $70 or more

    250 backers All gone!

    The Roost - in COLOR!
    *** September Delivery ***
    You pick the color for the carbon fiber legs: White | Titanium | Green | Red | Blue | Orange | Purple | Yellow | Pink

    Engraved with "Original Kickstarter Backer".

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $70 or more

    152 backers Limited (98 left of 250)

    The Roost - in COLOR! *** October Delivery *** You pick the color for the carbon fiber legs: White | Titanium | Green | Red | Blue | Orange | Purple | Yellow | Pink

    Engraved with "Original Kickstarter Backer".

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $90 or more

    47 backers

    A custom engraved Roost! (in COLOR)
    I will engrave your Roost in 35 characters or less. You also pick the color for carbon fiber legs.

    Popular things to engrave:
    Your name | "Study hard! - Love Mom" | "Stay Back!" | Your business name

    Also engraved with "Original Kickstarter Backer".

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $115 or more

    11 backers

    A customized Roost with your logo!
    I will engrave your Roost with a logo. Logo must be 1 color, and color will be limited to standard colors available in spray paint. You also pick the color for carbon fiber legs.

    Also engraved with "Original Kickstarter Backer".

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $500 or more

    1 backer

    The Roost Super Backer!
    You will get:
    1 Roost - your choice of color |
    1 Top of the line briefcase/shoulder bag/backpack |
    1 Bluetooth Keyboard |
    1 Wireless Mouse |
    1 Handwritten thank you note.

    Also with any custom engraving and "Original Kickstarter Backer" engraving.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $5,000 or more

    1 backer

    The Roost Founder!
    You will get the red carpet tour of Roost World Headquarters here in Denver, CO! The world is your oyster! We can play with the laser cutter all day, engrave/cut whatever you want. I'll give a personal tour of all the great microbrews in Denver, you name it!

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Funding period

- (35 days)