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By Yoo Suk Kim
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About this project

What is it?


This is not your average laptop case. What looks like a normal neoprene case turns out to be a mobile desktop with a single touch of a button. With an integrated base plate acting as a solid platform for the laptop, this foldable table system makes laptop usage much more comfortable wherever you are. By promoting comfort and efficiency, the baxterboard will bring a whole new meaning to traveling and comfort with your laptop!


What are the advantages of using a baxterboard?

One major issue we realized most laptop users had was temperature. Direct contact of the laptop on the lap created considerable heat, causing discomfort and possible harm.

The Fight Against Scrotal Hyperthermia

Several studies have shown that the use of laptops with direct contact to the body can have hazardous health effects, one being infertility in men.

http://www.webmd.com/infertility-and-reproduction/news/20041208/laptop-computers-may-affect-male-fertility

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6677040/ 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4078895.stm

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The baxterboard's foldable table system within the case provides a barrier between the body and laptop, eliminating the creation of heat from the blockage of the laptop's ventilation slots located on the underside of the laptop. There is additional space between the laptop's underside and table system, allowing the air to circulate continuously through the laptop's ventilation slots. Therefore, the laptop will not overheat or produce harmful heat emission.

Another issue almost all laptop users mentioned was basic comfort while working. With the baxterboard, finding a steady and comfortable position that one can maintain while working for long periods (especially on the road) is much easier. This will reduce tension in necks, shoulders and backs from working hunched over for long periods of time.  We also realized that working at a desk or table for long periods of time can cause the symptoms mentioned above. The baxterboard can provide the option of working on a couch, bed, or recliner in between to decrease the amount of time spent at a desk or table at one time.

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baxterLecture
baxterCouch
baxterCouch


The baxterboard user will also be able to leave the laptop in the case during use. There are cut-outs provided within the case to access USB and power interfaces. The fixation of the device on the baxterboard is implemented by the neoprene pads. There are also anti-slip pads on the baseplate that the laptop rests on, which promote excellent stability as well.  The user can individually adjust the legs of the board in order to find their desired working position. You will notice that the adjustable legs on the baxterboard have grooves that will fit comfortably over each of your thighs. Moreover, the legs can be used as a simple handle to carry the baxterboard, like a briefcase.


Another big design goal was the compactness of the baxterboard. We wanted to design a model that incorporates all the functions we had in mind, without being much bigger and heavier than a normal laptop case, so that traveling with the baxterboard is hassle-free.

How and where is the baxterboard produced?

We've partnered with a company in China that specializes in the design and production of laptop accessories and are in the final stages of completing the components, molds, and toolings for mass-production. Our partner company in China will be responsible for assembling and mass-producing the baxterboard. The parts are made via injection molding technology. The first series of the baxterboard, floyd baxter, will be manufactured in Hong Kong.

How far along is the baxterboard's progress?

The components, molds, and tools for mass-production of the baxterboard is almost complete. We've come a long way with several prototypes which have showed excellent functional results. We are very close to creating our floyd baxter model series and, in order to do so, need your help!

Even though the idea of this innovative laptop case is simple, the realization of the mechanical parts is very sophisticated and requires initial funding to be invested in advance. Help us fulfill our goal of producing the baxterboard the way we have envisioned it!

We would like you to be a part of our project and support us with your pledge, so we can make this product come to life.

Thank you so much for your help and support! We hope that together, we can create a great product for the avid traveler, student, and laptop user!

Why do we need funding?

Our project requires support financially to reach the next step:

  • mass-production of the baxterboard
  • development of more models of the baxterboard to accommodate for all types of laptops and sizes

How do we feel about the project?

We feel extremely positive about the project.  It's the greatest invention since the wheel!  Joking aside, we are excited to share this project with the Kickstarter audience and we hope that people will find the functions of the baxterboard very useful and relevant.

Specifications of the baxterboard


• The first baxterboard model series, floyd baxter, will accommodate for laptops between 14.6" to 16.4"
• Weighs less than 2 lbs.

Close Up of Button at Hinge
Close Up of Button at Hinge
Baseplate where laptop rests
Baseplate where laptop rests
baxterboard with one of many distal leg functions
baxterboard with one of many distal leg functions
baxterboard with frontal leg function
baxterboard with frontal leg function


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Choose your desired baxterboard color

baxterboard version: Black&White
baxterboard version: Black&White
baxterboard version:Blue
baxterboard version:Blue
baxterboard version: Coffee
baxterboard version: Coffee

T-shirt designs:

American Apparel Jersey T-shirt - white
American Apparel Jersey T-shirt - white
American Apparel Jersey T-shirt - Teal
American Apparel Jersey T-shirt - Teal

What if I have a laptop that doesn't fit the size requirements?


With your help, the next model of the baxterboard will accommodate for all sizes. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate for all sizes due to our restrictions in funding at this point. By reaching our funding goal, we will be much closer to creating the baxterboard models suitable for every laptop! Please support us to make this become a reality!

Our goal:

• To optimize energy and resource consumption efficiency in the production of the baxterboard
• Improving Earth one baxterboard at a time

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Risks and challenges

We feel strongly that once our project is successfully funded, we won't face any unique challenges. We have a strong, reliable partner company in China so we do not see any problems in the production side of things. When the project is successfully funded we can start the process of mass-production and developing new models that will accommodate for all different sizes and kinds of laptops, because we have already invested highly in creating a functional prototype!
The biggest risk for us is to find out how the public, specifically the Kickstarter audience, will react to our idea and find it useful. This is one of our major goals we want to accomplish with Kickstarter. We hope that the community will share this vision with us and help change the world one baxterboard at a time!

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Your name will be displayed on the baxterboard user's manual and on baxterboard.com.

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    You'll receive a baxterboard T-shirt of your choice (scroll down to bottom to view) and size (S, M, L, XL) and your name will be displayed on the baxterboard user's manual and on baxterboard.com. Free shipping in US.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! A special low cost for helping us get started! You'll receive one of the first baxterboards (choice of colors: Black&White, Blue, and Coffee - see images below!) for a very special price! The baxterboard will retail for at least $79! And, your name will be displayed on the baxterboard user's manual and on baxterboard.com. Free shipping in US.

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    You'll receive a baxterboard (choice of colors: Black&White, Blue, or Coffee - see images below!) for a very special price and your name will be displayed on the baxterboard user's manual and on baxterboard.com. Free shipping in US.

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    You´ll receive a baxterboard with your name or initials (your choice) embroidered on the sleeve. Just pick one of the three color models shown below and send us your name/initials you would like to have on it.
    In addition, of course: Your name will be displayed on the baxterboard user's manual and on baxterboard.com. Free shipping in US.

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    You'll receive a baxterboard (choose color from images below!) for a very special price as well as a T-shirt of your choice (see images below). Send us your choice of color of baxterboard and choice and size (S, M, L, XL) of T-shirt to us. In addition,
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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    ONLY FOR PLEDGERS in the SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA! You'll receive a baxterboard (color of your choice from black&white, blue, or coffee), a baxterboard T-shirt of your choice and size (scroll down to bottom to view), your name will be displayed on the baxterboard user's manual and on baxterboard.com, and you will receive a day of learning how to pole vault in our Los Angeles athletic facility from a 3-time Olympian! Items will be given to backer when meeting up for the lesson. (Transportation not provided)

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    Pledge $3,000 or more About $3,000

    You'll get the chance to determine the name of the next baxterboard model! The current board is called floyd baxter. Note: "baxter" will remain in the model name so you will have the freedom to choose the name that precedes "baxter". Your model will be released next year and mass-produced. You'll receive a baxterboard (color of your choice from black&white, blue or coffee). You'll also receive a baxterboard T-shirt of your choice and size (scroll down to bottom to view) and your name will be in the user's manual and on baxterboard.com. Free shipping anywhere!

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- (30 days)