The first Smarter Stands are leaving the factory (photos).
The pre-series of Smarter Stands headed to the press left the factory yesterday.
Here are some photos taken right before they shipped.
As you might see in the photo above (through the clear window in the back of the box), we ended-up going with white clips in order to make the deadline. Clear clips might still be in the cards for the large production but since they would have to be made out of a different plastic in order to be clear, we didn't want to take chances for this very time sensitive pre-production.
We tried a few different materials and colors for the non-slip pads. The goal there was to make the non-slip pad... well non-slip, as unnoticeable as possible, easy to apply, and make sure it didn't leave any marks on the iPad if it had to be removed. I'm happy to report that we found what seems to be the perfect solution: a silicone pad that matches the aluminum back of the iPad. The adhesive is made by 3M and it's specially designed to stick well yet not leave any marks when removed. Very cool stuff. There too we experimented with clear non-slip pads but the problem is that you can see the adhesive through the pad and it looks messy. So solid grey/metal color was the best option.
Randy, who heads-up the firm handling production in China had a rough week to make it happen but he delivered. Kudos to Randy and his team! The drinks that followed this hectic packing session were well deserved.
Since it's a very limited production, Randy and his staff assembled the packages "family style". The large production will be assembled in a plant of course.
As I mentioned in the last update, this is a very limited series reserved for the press.
If you're a blogger or a journalist for a major blog/publication and you'd like to review Smarter Stand, please do contact me to make sure I set a sample aside for you.