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Clipboards that conveniently integrate an iPad or smartphone for use with pen and paper.

What People Are Saying:

App Advice: "A functional, yet inexpensive solution for anyone that needs an iDevice and a clipboard to get their job done."

Business Insider: "Analog meets digital in this redesigned clipboard that can hold your smartphone or your iPad."

iMedicalApps: "...hospital residents and students still need to write on paper, but that juggling a smartphone or tablet while trying to hold paper is a problem that is not going away immediately, even with increasing adoption of electronic health records."

Unleash the Phones: "While smartphones and tablets have definitely changed the way we work today, the Paper hasnt really been replaced entirely just yet. And if you cant beat ‘em, join ‘em which is where the Clipboard+ comes in." 

Gear Diary: "Let’s face it: you cart around your mobile phone with you everywhere. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could somehow attach your phone to a clipboard, so that you can also scribble down handwritten notes? Clipboardify Your Smartphone or iPad with Clipboard+" 


How it all started...

Clipboard+ came about because of the frustrations associated with using smartphone technology to aid in doing work on paper. It is both clumsy and awkward to switch between paper and smartphone when referencing an email attachment or looking something up online. We decided to combine the two so that everything you need to be productive is always right at your fingertips.

We’ve spent this past year hard at work on developing the Clipboard+ Smartphone. Through our research, we recognized that our product’s concept would also be well suited to the iPad. Over the past several months, we sponsored a senior design project through the College of Engineering at Penn State. The team was challenged to design an elegant clipboard that reflects Apple’s design philosophy and focused on preserving the simplicity of the clipboard while still maximizing the utility of the iPad. Patents Pending.

iPad and smartphone accessories are a dime a dozen on Kickstarter. But, the last thing we want is for Clipboard+ to be seen as is just another run of the mill Kickstarter project that slaps an iPhone onto a toy lightsaber and calls it the next big thing. (hey.. that's actually not a bad idea..) We think Clipboard+ is different because it's original and it truly provides utility. The concept itself is so profoundly simple; yet up until now no one has come up with a solution that offers the same unique advantages as those of our products, advantages that our products offer so effortlessly.

The Problem

Working simultaneously with both paper and either a tablet or smartphone is cumbersome and inefficient. For many, iPads and smartphones are becoming a staple in the workplace. At the same time, traditional tools like pen, paper, and the clipboard aren’t going away anytime soon. Our aim was to find a solution that prevents technology from interfering with your work, we think that technology should work with you, not against you.

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Clipboard+  iPad

makes working simultaneously with both mobile technology and traditional pen, paper and clipboard a much more natural and intuitive experience.

The iPad has allowed millions to break free from their desks, but doing so also presents a challenge to those who still need to carry papers with them on the go. Taking notes, sketching, and signing documents are all still best done on paper, and whether or not your office has gone "paperless" there's always a time when it's best to put pen to paper and let the ideas flow.

Works with both iPad 2 and "The New iPad"

  • With a simple flip, Clipboard+ iPad allows for an effortless transition between working with paper on the clipboard side to working with your iPad on the backside.
  • Sleek design encourages easy storage and transportation
  • Holes at the top of the clipboard allow for attachment of a shoulder strap for maximum portability and use of both hands.
  • Lightweight anodized aluminum shell with cushioning foam liner protects and secures your iPad
  • Paper and iPad together in one package means that you never have to carry both again.
  • The top of the clipboard is an excellent grip for presenting information on the iPad, it provides an ergonomic advantage without obstructing the screen.

Clipboard+ Smartphone

helps you to get the most out of your device by organizing everything you need into one place. Because the screen of your phone is always perfectly positioned to your eyes, interacting with your smartphone has never been so intuitive. With Clipboard+ Smartphone you never have to slow down to pull out your phone in order to read a text, email or even look something up online.

Our design process was focused primarily on making the product as simple and functional as possible. We didn't want it to be a hassle to attach or remove your phone, yet we also wanted it to be secure and maintain maximum usability. We spent a long time evaluating different materials and components to use in our product. The clipboard itself is constructed out of an extremely lightweight yet sturdy high-impact plastic, and the clip is capable of holding a large stack of paper thanks to its high tension spring.

  • Fits any smartphone or case with a flat, non-porous rear surface.
  • Industrial strength suction cup maintains a firm grip on the device.
  • Phone can be oriented both horizontally and vertically (great for taking pictures/video)

Launching a Product Takes Resources

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Clipboard+ design team, we are pleased to offer both the Clipboard+ Smartphone and Clipboard+ iPad. The purpose of this Kickstarter campaign is to raise the money necessary to fund the production of the Clipboard+ line right here in the United States. We also hope to make improvements to the designs and functionality of our products based on the feedback we have gotten. We recognize that there are areas in which our products could be improved, but these improvements cost money that we don't have. It is our goal to make the best products possible, but we need your help first.

Left and Middle: Clipboard+ iPad being manufactured. Right: Clipboard+ senior design team.
Left and Middle: Clipboard+ iPad being manufactured. Right: Clipboard+ senior design team.

“After a lot of hard work, mistakes, and learning experiences along the way we were able to nail down the design and manufacturing processes for Clipboard+. We are running this Kickstarter campaign in order to raise enough money to begin manufacturing our product, and hopefully start helping all the people out there who suffer the same frustrations that drove me to create Clipboard+.” -Kevin Merlini Founder

Engraving Details:

Laser engraving is available on the Clipboard+ iPad at the 50 and 60 dollar levels. The $50 level includes the engraving of initials up to three letters long. If you would like to get something other than your initials custom engraved, a logo for example, we can accommodate you but there is an additional fee of $20.

The $60 bundle package doesn't include engraving, but for an extra $5 you can get your Clipboard+ iPad engraved with your initials, or for an extra $20 you can get a custom full name or logo engraving. We will send out a survey at the end of the Kickstarter campaign getting the necessary engraving information, or image files for custom logo engraving.

Here is the default location for the engraving, but if you would like it somewhere else on the clipboard it most likely will be no problem:

We Would Like to Thank:

Liz Kisenwether of the LionLaunch Pad, Matt Poese of SparkPlug PSU, our families, The Capstone Design Team members, Ned Zimmerman, Tim Simpson from the Penn State Learning Factory, our professors from the Smeal College of Business, and all of the great members of Innoblue, particularly Drew Mohoric. Thank you!

Check out our website www.clipboard-plus.com for more information!

Apple and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., no endorsement implied. PATENTS PENDING

FAQ

  • Yes, international shipping on any order is an additional $25 to cover shipping expenses.

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  • If you're like us, you rely on your phone and you can't afford to risk breaking it. We aren’t going to jeopardize the security of something that valuable. We tested dozens of suction cups to find the absolute most secure model to ensure the safety of your phone. Correctly attach your device to Clipboard+ Smartphone and your phone is guaranteed to stay on. There is a video above demonstrating its secure attachment.

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  • We designed Clipboard+ iPad to tightly hold onto your iPad by the most simple means possible, as a result the dimensions are precisely calibrated to the size of a caseless iPad and you are unable to use Clipboard+ while your iPad is inside of another case.

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  • Clipboard+ iPad works with both the iPad 2, and The New iPad.

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  • Yes, Clipboard+ iPad’s high quality materials make it easy to clean and can withstand a wide range of cleaning agents including bleach.

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  • Clipboard+ Smartphone’s elegantly simple design allows it to work with the majority of phones and cases on the market. As long as the back surface of your phone/case is flat and can make an airtight seal with the suction cup it will work with Clipboard+.

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