Using AirStand with an 11inch Macbook Air
For many years it was all but a dream.... I wanted a stand for my tablet that would be with me at all times, adjust to angle I wanted with ease at anytime and also have the flexibility to move with me when I either change tablets or update to the latest iPad, oh and it had to be as minimalistic as possible!
The concept was thought of years ago but I simply thought it wasn't possible and at the time I guess that was true, until now.
You could just imagine my excitement when I discovered the 2 missing keys to the dream, the friction hinges and sticky pads! I felt these were to the 2 main things holding me back from designing such a stand.
AirStand incorporates 2 extremely high quality friction hinges that are infinitely adjustable so you are able to achieve the most precise angle adjustment every time. Gone are the days of only having 2 or 3 set viewing angles.
When attached you can achieve a full 180 degree angle adjustment.
They are also strong enough to give the stability needed even for some of the largest tablets out there and to withstand touch typing so e-mails are a breeze.
Ok we have our amazing friction hinges but how are we going to attach it to the tablet? magic maybe? almost.
We use the same sticky pad technology that is found in our premium in-car mount Ultima Model S.
It has amazing sticking power but can also be removed whenever you want without leaving any sticky residue behind. It is also re-useable many times over and to clean you just rinse under warm water and let dry.
Works best with flat surfaces and fairly glossy materials like aluminium, glass, plastic etc. It doesn't seem to like materials likes silicone so feel free to ask us if you have a tablet or a case you aren't quite sure it will work with.
This stand is completely in a class of it's own!
AirStand was designed to always be with you so you have a stand whenever and wherever you need it.
It's invisible from the front so it's like your tablet is floating on air.
It's a must have for the minimalists out there.
No other stand will give you this much style, quality and flexibility all in an amazingly small form factor!
CNC machined from high grade aluminium, AirStand combines style, functionality, universal ability and quality in an amazingly small form factor, you will not find another stand like this, it's the perfect all in one.
DEVELOPMENT & MANUFACTURING TIMELINE
NOVEMBER 2013 - The idea was born and Conceptualising and design began.
JANUARY - jUNE 2014: Our first design was complete and prototyped. Our initial hinges were far too weak so we continued our search for the right type of hinges. We are tested and found the right settings for the sticky pads which are the same we use for our Ultima Model S in-car mount so it has been tested by hundreds of backers and customers.
Once the right hinges were found we produced and tested many prototypes making the needed changes for the best possible product.
MID AUGUST 2014: LAUNCH ON KICKSTARTER!
LATE OCTOBER 2014: Send out final survey for final numbers. Receive funds after 2 weeks of processing. Start mass production for all CNC machined parts plus all rubber parts and sticky pads. Hinges had be already ordered so take delivery of hinges.
DECEMBER 2014: Assemble units and ship off to our fulfilment centre (which is already set up and ready to go).
JANUARY 2015: Deliver to backers!
Air Stand is completely production ready, we have tested many prototypes making sure the hinges and sticky pads work just right which they do beyond expectation.
Our design is complete and manufacture ready, we just need your help to get the first production run off the ground.
Friction hinges have been ordered, extrusion molds for the aluminium parts are complete, molds for the sticky pad, side rubber plugs and rubber feet are also complete, we just need to move into mass production for the CNC aluminium parts, sticky pad and all rubber parts. So this means that we can deliver a great product within only a few months.
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Risks and challenges
There are always risks and challenges with every project no matter how large or small, so what you try to do is minimise those risks and challenge the challenges.
This isn't our first rodeo so feel we have gained enough experience to drastically reduce the risk for this project.
We have created an elegant but simple design, even though simple doesn't always mean simple, AirStand was designed to have as fewer parts as possible using the highest quality processes and parts as possible. We have tested multiple prototypes and also found the perfect friction hinges that are of an extremely high quality and found the right mix for our sticky pads.
We have already placed an order for the hinges and all molds. We also have our fulfilment centre already processing order from our previous project so all of that is in place ready to go.
This means that we only have a small number of tasks from here on which will dramatically reduce the time we deliver to backers.
Even though we do expect to be delivering very shortly after our campaign time, we are stating a January 2015 delivery date just in case there are any unforeseen delays and also to adjust for the very busy Christmas period.
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