The tablift is a simple yet elegant solution for solving the challenge of using your iPad hands-free in bed and on the couch.
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"When I saw the Tablift up on Kickstarter, well, let me just say that I thought it was a godsend." -Technabob
"The Tablift looks really, really cool. Millions upon millions of iPad users can benefit from this thing." - Adam Lisagor
"Might just make this the first Kickstarter project I support." -Zee Kane, CEO of The Next Web
"What we need is a solution that attacks all methods of viewing including sitting up in bed, laying down in bed and sitting on the couch. What we need is the Tablift." -LazyTechGuys
"The tablift is a pretty cool and nifty concept and we wouldn’t mind getting our hands on one" -übergizmo
"One of our favorite Kickstarter projects" -BiteMyApple
Here's the low down...
tablift is a simple yet elegant solution for using your iPad hands-free in bed, on the couch, or in your favorite cushy chair. Although there are many accessories for propping up the iPad, most are made to be used on tables and desktops. However, over half of tablet use takes place on the couch or while lying in bed. Surprisingly there is very little available for the places we most often use our tablets.
iPads are great in bed and on the couch! This is especially true when reading or watching shows - which is why they usually find their home there. But let's face it, holding the iPad after a while can get tiring, and most people resort to balancing it on their legs or a pillow. And the few devices that are made to be used in these situations typically require resting on your lap, which can be constricting as well as not useful when lying down.
Wouldn't it be nice to sit back or even lie down and be able to watch a movie or read a book on your iPad without having to balance it or hold it in place for long periods of time? Lacking the availability of any good solution, it was this question that drove the development of the tablift.
tablift: From Concept to Refined Prototype
The tablift was designed to hold the iPad in a stable and optimal viewing position regardless of the unevenness of the wonderfully cushy surface you are resting on. It has undergone 8 months of continual prototype iteration and redesign to arrive at its current streamlined functional design.
It's patent pending design uses four independently adjustable legs which allow it to stand level and stable on virtually any cushioned surface. And it's low center of gravity means it will not tip over (assuming you don't flip your entire mattress over!)
Featured Viewing Angles - for how you most often use the iPad...
Quality and Design
Yes. Finally there is a simple functioning solution for using your iPad in bed and on the couch, but that's not where the design of the tablift ends.
From conception, tablift was designed to be a truly unique piece. It resembles no other tablet propping device and only high-quality components were sought in it's development. The mounting base is constructed from high-grade, high-impact ABS plastic with a beautiful matt finish. The legs are made of a double re-enforced metal spring core, with a matt polyolefin finish. This is solid construction with an artful aesthetic.
tablift will be manufactured and assembled in the USA. This has been one of the driving visions behind tablift. Domestic manufacturers as well as parts suppliers have all been lined out to make this happen. And when the time hopefully comes, we will be excited to be able to say "Made in the USA!"
tablift also works great as a desktop stand with many configurations...
One more thing: tablift expands to a wide footprint for maximum stability, but it was also designed to fold down to a remarkably small size enabling you to store it or easily take it with you!
tablift is very compact. Look at an actual scale comparison to the iPad...
Here's where YOU come in. In order to bring the tablift from refined prototype to finished product, funds are needed for tooling of multiple injection molds, volume purchasing of component parts, as well as package design. These costs add up quickly. But once all of the tooling and the rest of the startup costs are covered, we will be able to successfully produce tablifts at quantity. Our fundraising goal of $78k represents the amount we will need to safely cover all of our startup costs for the first production run.
Remember, Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform. If we only meet 95% of our funding goal, we get zero, zilch, nada. So we must make 100% or nothing. We are excited for the opportunity to make the tablift a reality for all iPad users. And it can happen with your help. Simply choose your favorite pledge/reward level and not only will you help to make the tablift a reality, but you will also get your very own - imagine!
Target for delivery of rewards is October 2012.
tablift was born from a simple idea, however the execution has required solid council as well as specialized capabilities. Thank you to Protomold for our first prototypes, Solid concepts for our later prototypes. Jordan Walbesser for helping with patent filing. Thanks to Joel Bell for industrial design. Dan Ashcraft for good advice. And Alan Amato for fantastic photography!
The tablift was created by Scott Blevins and is being developed under the design moniker nbryte, newly founded by Scott. tablift is its maiden design. For the full story of how the idea of the tablift came to be, go here.
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Yes. tablift is designed to work perfectly with the iPad 1,2, and the New iPad.
The tablift will accommodate cases like the popular Smart Cover, which can be folded out of the way of the holding slot. If it is a similar style as the Smart Cover, then it will likely accommodate it. If the case is a larger style and adds too much width to the body profile of the iPad, it will likely be better to remove the iPad from it's case before mounting into the tablift.
Yes, it holds the iPad both ways beautifully.
The tablift was designed specifically to work with the first three generations of the iPad. However, it also holds other kinds of tablets as well! These are the ones we have found to fit in the tablift thus far: Asus Transformer TF300, Asus Transformer Prime, Toshiba Excite 10, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9/7.0.
Yes it can! The legs can be folded under in many unique configurations as it holds the iPad up vertically on a flat desktop.