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The mBrace is designed to improve the comfort and convenience of carrying your Macbook around the office, on campus or anywhere you use your Mac on the go. If you have a 15" unibody Macbook Pro and would like to reserve your very own mBrace or if you just want to help a new designer/entrepreneur please click the green button to the right and pledge your support.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Is this thing secure? Will my Macbook Pro be safe?
A: As a proud Macbook Pro owner myself, the safety of my Macbook was a top priority. Every effort in the design process was made to ensure the mBrace attaches safely and securely to you Macbook Pro. The mBrace won't slip or compromise your Macbook Pro in any way.
Q: It looks like the mBrace is putting a lot of force on the hinge? Is that safe?
A: That was a big concern of ours as well. And so we designed around it. The force isn’t on the hinge, but rather we put a little notch on the strut. Consequently, the force is on the deboss (indent) just above the function keys – much more secure than putting any pressures on the hinge. This is also why the mBrace only works with the unibody style Macbooks.
Q: Will the mBrace leave a mark or damage my screen?
A: the thickness of the strut is the same as that of space created between the screen and the base of the computer by the rubber gasket around the edge of the monitor. If the strut were any thicker, the laptop wouldn’t close. Additionally, i haven’t seen any issues around this or had any complaints from early testing. additionally, it is important to note, the position of the strut is such that it touches the part of the screen with the black border (i.e. un-used part of the screen with the Macbook Pro text).
When I started this project, I had 4 design goals:
• the solution must be simple, stylish and comfortable
• the solution must not affect or interfere with the normal use of a Macbook Pro
• the solution must be easily removable if it becomes necessary
• the solution must allow a Macbook Pro to fit in a case or sleeve while attached
And finally, after many months of sketching, prototyping and testing, I can proudly say that I met my goals and the mBrace is ready for primetime.
The mBrace, made from a high quality Acetal plastic and incredibly strong Uretek fabric, easily and securely attaches to a Macbook without affecting any of its typical uses. And with the mBrace attached, the Macbook Pro still fits nicely in most bags and sleeves with no problem. It even fits with most covers and cases attached. But just in case, the mBrace detaches as effortlessly as it attaches to your notebook. And as a bonus, when attached the handle can rest underneath the Macbook Pro to provide an angled keyboard and ventilation prop.
a product to meet my strict goals of simplicity, beauty and quality was quite an endeavor, producing
a product of the same simplicity, beauty and quality is quite another. Manufacturing the mBrace will require three distinct processes : Injection molding, overmolding
and laser cutting
. Additionally, the tight tolerances, so it does not impede on the Macbook's closure and ventilation, require rather complicated manufacturing techniques. As you can imagine, the entire process, including the expenses required to setup and place an order with a reputable manufacturer, can be somewhat cost prohibitive, particularly for a first time venture such as this. Fortunately, Kickstarter provides the platform and community to help startups overcome high start-up costs and bring new products to life.
For this project I've designed the mBrace in one color, black, and sized for the 15" unibody Macbook Pro. A donation of $30 or more reserves a complimentary mBrace which will be available shortly after the manufacturing process is complete. If this project is successful, we'll immediately consider developing the mBrace in additional colors and sizes to fit other Macbooks, including the new Macbook Air.
Also, I need you to spread the word. Spread the word to your Facebook friends, Twitter followers, LinkedIn connections and everyone else you know. Tell them to checkout the promo video on the mBrace Kickstarter page. There are literally millions of Macbook Pro owners in the world who may be looking for a stylish, more comfortable and convenient way to carry their notebook computer. Let them know about this opportunity and help bring this innovative new product to life.
Thanks in advance for your support.
Macbook Pro not included.
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