About this project
Smart Cargo is PATENT PENDING. An Apple Smart Cover or an Apple Smart Case is required to use this product. Apple Smart Cover not included.
Why Smart Cargo for iPad?
The iPad is ultra-portable and sleek but it rarely travels alone. You often need to bring along a charging cable, earphones, a screen wipe, maybe a stylus, a camera adapter, etc.
And the problem is, you never know which accessory you're going to need and when. So because of just a few small accessories, you now have to carry your iPad in a bag.
Not quite the sleek or portable device Apple envisioned anymore... Not until now!
Meet the Smart Cargo for iPad
Holds your iPad gear on the go
The Smart Cargo is a sleek hard case that attaches to your Apple Smart Cover or Smart Case magnetically and holds all your iPad essentials while adding very little bulk or weight to your iPad.
Tough on the outside, soft on the inside
The Smart Cargo's hard shell is lined with felt on this inside to protect your fragile iPad accessories on the go.
Stays safely attached to your iPad
The Smart Cargo securely attaches to your iPad Smart Cover using the full magnetic power of 14 magnets of your Smart Cover.
Fits inside your rolled-up Smart Cover
When using your iPad in stand position, the Smart Cargo fits perfectly inside the triangle of your rolled-up Smart Cover.
Doubles as iPad grip and wrist support
The Smart Cargo makes holding the iPad easier and less tiring by providing a comfortable ergonomic grip. Your hand naturally wraps around the Smart Cargo which allows holding the iPad for long periods of time without fatigue or joint pain.
Some people need more wrist support to avoid pain from carpal tunnel syndrome or joint pains. Just detach your Smart Cargo from the iPad to place it under your wrists for a more ergonomic typing position anywhere you go.
Want the best deal? GET A COMBO!
The Smarter Stand for iPad was my first Kickstarter project: It converts your iPad Smart Cover into an ergonomic stand with 3 new positions.
The Smarter Stand for iPhone was my second Kickstarter project: It's a kickstand for iPhone or iPod touch that also keeps your earbuds tangle free. And it works with or without a case.
The Smarter Stand for iPad and the Smarter Stand for iPhone are also available for sale at Smarterflo.com (both are in stock and ship immediately) or you can get a great deal by pledging for one of the combos on this project (see COMBO rewards to the right).
The Smarter Stand for iPad comes in 10 different colors (clear, white, black, dark grey, light grey, blue, green, pink, red and navy). If you pledge for a combo, you don't need to select your color upfront: We'll send you a survey to confirm your address and your color choice after the Kickstarter campaign ends and before we ship.
How the idea came about
The idea came last August as I was working on my first Kickstarter project, the Smarter Stand for iPad: I was carrying my iPad everywhere and testing the Smarter Stand in different travel situations. Even though the Smarter Stand was the world's most compact iPad stand, I still had to carry my iPad in a bag in order to bring other essentials along.
Then it occurred to me that all my accessories were small and might be able to fit in some sort of on-board storage that would attach to the iPad's magnetic Smart Cover. That's when the design process started.
I wanted the Smart Cargo to be a storage device that "lives" on the iPad yet doesn't get in the way of using the iPad. That's why it attaches magnetically and fits inside the folded-up Smart Cover.
I also wanted it to look like it belonged on an iPad from an esthetic standpoint, which brought the sleek aluminum look and smooth shape.
And when I was done designing it, I realized that I had exceeded my design goal: not only did the Smart Cargo not get in the way of using the iPad, it made carrying the iPad a more pleasant experience thanks to the added ergonomic grip.
Why I need your backing
I have already completed many rounds of prototyping and have arrived at a final prototype that works perfectly and looks awesome on the Smart Cover as you can see on the photos and in the video.
I've even started the tooling to make sure I can deliver on time but I have large payments to the factory very soon and that's why I need your support to get this great product to market.
If you back this project you'll get your own Smart Cargo as a reward.
So please back this project now and help spread the word!
Need more than one?
Need an extra Smart Cargo? Regardless of your pledge level (early bird, etc.), just add $20 to your pledge amount for each extra Smart Cargo unit you need.
If you also want a Smarter Stand for iPad from my first Kickstarter project, add $14 to your pledge amount for each Smarter Stand for iPad you need. It comes in 10 different colors and you'll choose the color(s) you want right before we ship.
And finally, if you also want a Smarter Stand for iPhone / iPod touch from my second Kickstarter project, add $12 to your pledge amount for each Smarter Stand for iPhone you need. It comes in 2 different versions: for iPhone 5 / iPod touch 5 or for previous models. You'll choose which one you want right before we ship.
Does it exist for iPad mini too?
I initially thought it could not be made for iPad mini (too small) BUT I'm happy to report that I have found a way to make the Smart Cargo for iPad mini and am currently working on designing it. It could even include a surprise feature you'll really enjoy. I will update backers on the status of this endeavor and probably launch it as a separate Kickstarter project as soon as I'm pleased with the prototype.
What are the dimensions of the Smart Cargo?
The Smart Cargo is 9 3/8 Inches long, 1 1/2 inches wide and about 3/4 of an inch tall. The plastic shell is about 1.5mm thick so the inside dimensions are slightly smaller but not much.
How is the Smart Cargo attached to the Smart Cover?
The Smart Cargo attaches to the Smart Cover using the power of the Smart Cover's 14 strong magnets thanks to a steel plate located in its base.
Can this magnetic attachment damage the iPad?
Absolutely not. The magnets are in the Smart Cover already. The Smart Cargo only has a steel plate so it uses the magnetic power of the cover but doesn't add any extra magnetic force.
Will the Smart Cargo work with 3rd party non-Apple covers?
The short answer is no. You really need an Apple made Smart Cover or Smart Case to use the Smart Cargo. The reason is that all 3rd party cases I've tried have weaker magnets than the original Apple made covers and often don't provide a strong enough magnetic bond to keep the Smart Cargo strongly attached to your iPad.
Don't the accessories get shaken and make noise inside when you carry the Smart Cargo?
No. They actually get tucked in quite snuggly so they tend not to move too much. In addition the felt lining inside the Smart Cargo keeps them safe and quiet when you carry your iPad.
Does the iPad square charger fit into the Smart Cargo?
No. It does not. I had to make a design decision between keeping the form factor of the Smart Cargo small and compatible with the rolled-up Smart Cover or make it bigger to accomodate larger accessories like the charger. There are lots of bags and larger storage pouches available so I decided to make the Smart Cargo a smaller, minimalist and more portable alternative. Personally, I almost never carry the iPad charger with me on the go because the battery life on the iPad is so good.
What material is the Smart Cargo made out of?
The outside of the Smart Cargo is made out of hard plastic treated to look exactly like the back of the iPad. In fact, you can't really tell the difference between the two without touching. There is a steel plate under the base of the product so it attaches magnetically to the Smart Cover. The inside is lined with felt to attenuate the noise and protect accessories.
Why not make it in aluminum? I actually tried and there are 2 reasons why I chose plastic instead in the end: (1) After several prototyping attempts, the factory could not make it the shape I wanted in aluminum and (2) even if I had opted for the sub par design required to tool in aluminum, the cost would have gone up so much that I would have had to charge $30-$40 per unit which would have discouraged a lot of people from buying it.
I'm a retailer or a distributor. How can I order the Smart Cargo wholesale?
Contact me for distribution opportunities in the US and other countries as well as the wholesale price list.
Does the Smart Cargo work with all Apple Covers? (Smart Cover and Smart Case)
Yes. The Smart Cargo works with both the Apple Smart Cover and the Apple Smart Case. But note that it will only stick magnetically to genuine Apple Smart Covers and Smart Cases. Fake Smart Covers are sometimes sold on Amazon or eBay at a reduced price by 3rd party sellers. These fake covers lack magnets inside their last pane, which means that the Smart Cargo could not magnetically stick to them.
How can you make sure you have a real Smart Cover that will work with the Smart Cargo? If you bought your Smart Cover or Smart Case at an Apple Store, you're OK. If not and especially if you got yours at a discounted price, I recommend checking with a metallic object like a screw that you know will stick to magnets (test it with a fridge magnet first) and verify that it sticks to the last pane of your Smart Cover (the one opposite the hinge).
Got more questions not answered here?
Don't be shy! Ask me here.
Risks and challenges
The typical risks and challenges of a product project like this one lie mainly in the manufacturing and fulfillment aspects. I know it well because I just went through the process of completing not just one but two very successful Kickstarter projects: The Smarter Stand for iPad and the Smarter Stand for iPhone. Both projects were successfully completed and each time, I've learned new ways to make the process smoother and plan to apply this experience to future projects. In addition, I have now found manufacturing, fulfillment and customer service partners that I trust to do a great job for my backers. I am a big believer in being as transparent as possible with backers and keeping them in the loop at all times, even when faced with challenges. I wrote dozens of project updates during my last projects and I intend to be just as communicative and responsive to my backers' concerns for this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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