A new way to read books and tablets? It’s about time! Mükava (Mū kå vå) is the world’s first ergonomic reading table.
We noticed during our research that as a result of trying to read a book, a tablet or phone for a prolonged period of time, many people develop pain in their neck and wrists. The phenomena of ‘Tech Neck’ and 'Ipad Wrist' are getting a lot of coverage in the press these days. As a result of this pain we read less or cannot work as long as we’d like to with our tablets.
After talking with many people who use tablet holders, we wanted to address four important points that they find dissatisfying about using the tablet holders currently on the market:
• Most tablet holders take time and can be difficult to assemble
• It takes time to swap out tablets with the current designs
• Concern that today's tablet holder won’t be able to hold future tablets
• When it’s not being used, a tablet holder just takes up space
Great design can add to the décor of any home or office. We believe that there is no need to chose between beautiful design and functionality. We have tried to address these points with a new kind of tool that we hope you will enjoy; Mükava and Mükava For Monitor Arm.
Mükava is designed to change the way we interact with all the things that we read or browse our tablets. It’s a new category of furniture!
Here are some of the key features:
Mükava comes ready to go out of the box. This means its the perfect gift to send to someone who suffering from pain from prolonged tablet use without having to worry about having to set it up for them.
Mükava is both a side table and a reading table. When you are finished using Mükava, it folds into a side table. Mükava’s stand system allows for Mükava to be adjusted to more than 12 different positions to accommodate how you read or watch your table devices. We have filed for four patents because of the breakthrough technology included in this product!
Mükava Premium (as show above) comes in an all brushed stainless steel finish for both the stand and the reading surface. It's perfect also for reading or watching a movie in bed!
Mükava comes with a white stand and either a white or birch wood finish for the reading surface.
Mükava's reading surface is made with materials to keep it hygienic and it's super easy to clean with standard household cleaners.
With the proprietary Mükava Pad, you can put safely put any tablet or phone on Mükava in just seconds and swap out devices easily! Each Mükava comes with three (3) Mükava Pads so that everyone in the house can keep theirs on their device, ready to use with the family Mükava.
USB Charging Ports & Removable USB Light
Mükava's 2 USB charging ports allow you to charge your tablet and use the USB reading light simultaneously! Mükava's power adapter is rated at 100-240V, 50-60 Hz input power and 5 volts, 4 amps of output power making it useful anywhere in the world.
The removable USB light has one touch control for on and off as well to adjust the light levels.
Book Bands and Document Pebbles
Document Pebbles are stored neatly in the back of Mükava and are used for securing documents on the surface of Mükava while working in the office or in the kitchen.
To hold traditional books, we include adjustable book bands for traditional books and magazines so that people of all ages can read hands-free.
Mükava Premium and Mükava for Monitor Arm
We created a monitor arm version of Mükava that fits onto any standard monitor arm equipped with a VISA plate.
Mükava for Monitor Arm is useful for different work places like an office or kitchen where the full stand version is not convenient. Use Mükava for Monitor Arm to facilitate work on documents or refer to your tablet while using your computer. In the kitchen, Mükava for Monitor Arm can hold recipes, cookbooks or help you to watch a Youtube cooking show on your tablet allowing you to start and stop as you need to.
Mükava for Monitor Arm offers charging capabilities if the requisite electrical cables are included with your monitor arm and plugged in. The reading head colors are the same as the reading head for the stand version.
For more information about Mükava and Mükava for Monitor Arm check out our website http://www.mukava-tables.com/shop/ .
Our Company (The Project for Adult Literacy and Schools, LLC) is an American company and a social enterprise. We are focused on two important causes that are important to us; adult illiteracy in America and education for homeless children.
We have chosen to bring awareness about adult literacy through our association with the Literacy Volunteers of Washington County in Westerly, Rhode Island. 10% of the profits from the sales of Mükava products will go towards supporting this program.
We have also partnered with the good folks at the Sekolah Pondok Domba (School of the Little Lambs) in Jakarta, Indonesia to build school classrooms and to help the homeless children living in the city to go to school so that they can escape poverty. 10% from the profits from the sales of Mükava products will go directly towards helping these children through this program.
More information about our involvement in these programs, check out our website http://www.mukava-tables.com/sekolah-pondok-domba/ and http://www.mukava-tables.com/literacy-volunteers-of-washington-county/. To learn more about our company, see http://www.mukava-tables.com.
The proceeds from this Kickstarter project will go towards purchasing the necessary tooling and components to build our first units and to help with getting the word out about Mükava through social media. We are working through the whole supplier selection process and finding all the right sub-suppliers who can deliver the parts with the precision we need to make Mükava as awesome as can be. The dates below are our working timeframe and are approximations based on what we know today:
• July / August: Final prototypes are finished and are being tested to lifetime requirements and for last minute improvements to the product.
• September / October / November: Supplier is chosen and tooling is fabricated.
• December: First units are built from early tooling parts and checked for performance. First ‘T3’ units are tested with typical consumers around the world for testing and feedback before we start production. Last minute adjustments are made. Components are ordered.
• January/February/ March: Production starts. First units are shipped to our Kickstarter backers around the world in March with all units should be delivered to our backers by the end of April 2015. http://www.mukava-tables.com/shop/
Risks and challenges
No one wants to see a good idea executed poorly and we have waited until now to bring this project to Kickstarter so that we could be sure that it would happen. Our experienced team has the skill sets to manage the risks to this project as much as possible both before an after we open our tooling. We have worked extremely hard to ready this product for Kickstarter and full-scale manufacturing and fulfillment, and here are the risks that I see:
MANUFACTURING: Creating the tooling to manufacture a product like Mükava requires working with suppliers who can deliver parts to our exacting standards consistently. To minimize that possibility of making mistakes we're working with tooling manufacturers and a production partner with a demonstrated dedication to quality.
PRODUCT ADJUSTMENTS: As Mükava gets ready for production, there will likely be some minor adjustments to improve the final product. The prototypes made to date are made to test and refine the product and allow us to incorporate our adjustments and those suggested by experienced manufacturing partners. All adjustments will be made for a better end user experience and these improvements will be both noted in the project updates and on the product pages of our website: http://www.mukava-tables.com/shop/ and our Kickstarter blog : http://www.mukava-tables.com/kickstarter/.
FULFILLMENT: Sometimes things go awry that can’t be planned for and there will no doubt be some surprises along the road, but any obstacle will be addressed by combining our internal knowledge with external expertise, and an overall goal of making the best possible product for you.
Any pledge amount brings us one step closer to our goal. Help us make Mükava the a success by pledging what you can or by helping us spread the word by sharing our page.
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