Cookmate a kitchen mount for Ipad & Kindle for following recipes or watching soaps, plus a matching finish to any kitchen unit.
Why make things complicated ?
Surface space in any kitchen is nowadays precious and as my wife is a chef I was prompted to find or design something that she could use at standing height for following recipes. I am aware that my solution is simple but getting there was slow, the products on the market were either to expensive or obtrusive. metal brackets are ugly and fixing mounting your ipad was vague.
My first idea was to create two slots with a curved base, however this was to precise and would need adjusting for each model of ipad.
Differing sizes of I Pad tablets and Kindle's was the main reason for simplifying the construction in the caption below three of the tablets would fit landscape into one of the sizes that I would standardise on, the Ipad would be the second standard.
I discovered that the slotted version as bellow would have required exact measurement and serious tooling.
Also as woodturner I believe that products should have both esthetic and practical value.
First design was to slot the I pad into grooves.
Then with use of sketching software further, simpler idea's emerged.
The rounded base does work and reduces the weight of the unit.
The final weight for shipping would be 300 grams.
My choice following a visit to the DIY store was to use either kitchen panels which were to thick, or laminate panels which having a smooth back better for glueing and giving the unit a better profile when mounted
This lends itself ideally if fixing the panel with adhesive.
Finally the use of turned knobs became evidently the best solution as some Tablets and kindle's would both fit the same unit. I found that the mean average of three products would fit.
Each knob can be assembled easily on to either standard size back panel. The fixing of the cookmate could be a strong adhesive or by small bolts though the structure and the unit door as most units are similar thicknesses.
Brass Silver or decorative knobs would have to be sourced locally.
Risks and challenges
Production is quite simple and if the response was good I could easily produce thirty in a day, if necessary I would look to partner up with a local company that would have the manpower to deliver on large orders.
Materials are readily available most kitchen units companies have a limited range of finish.
Where possible units can be matched to the customers specification on the wood finish or texture. Installation would be quite simple either glue or fixing.
Matching custom made kitchens would be a challenge.
At a weight of 300 grams the international surface parcel costs would be approx £5.00 to £15 per item.
I have a workshop where I can produce the rewards and enough business knowledge of how to organise the processes for timely delivery
as long as I have the model of the ipad or kindle and details of the texture. I would then make the best match possible, or offer a standard finish. i.e. Plane white, beech, oak, mahogany or pine
The knobs however come in a limited range Beech, Pine, Oak or White brass or silver would have to be sourced separately.
Orders can be computer based with an internet site or from an ebay shop or similar. Order conformation deliveries receipt of delivery could be processed again by choosing the correct courier and packaging.
Marketing advertising being the major hurdle I think It would be aimed at cooking & food magazines. I would look to grow via social websites and equally coordinating with kitchen suppliers.
With the benefit of recognition and therefore time, I would use funding for advertising and marketing to the domestic food industry producing the product and selling from an online store also I would endeavour to supply each units specific finish. Also liaise with kitchen unit producers to progress similar innovations.
- (30 days)