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$1,320
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
31
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, November 16 2014 1:31 AM UTC +00:00

About

We are raising funds for our SmartStand for mobile devices. It works as a general purpose stand for charging your mobile device, Skype, watching movies etc. When you need to scan documents it can be easily converted into a scanning stand. Our stand comes in two flavors: one for smartphones and another, wider, for tablets e.g. iPad.

The stand is constructed of corrugated plastic and high tensile strength stainless steel wire. Parts of the wire that are going to touch a mobile device are covered in plastisol coating. We analyzed different stocks of corrugated plastic from different manufacturers to find the material that works best for the stand. The combination of corrugated plastic and stainless steel wire results in a stand that is both light, strong and resistant to water - SmartStand for smartphones weighs about 10 ounces and the tablet version just over 12 ounces.

Our goal was to design a scanning stand similar in size to a mobile device. The smartphone version folds to a size 4"x10"x1" and the tablet version to a size 8.5"x10"x1".

SmartStand for smartphone - folded
SmartStand for smartphone - folded

SmartStand accommodates devices of various sizes and types thanks to telescoping grips covered in plastisol. It accommodates devices up to 3/4" thick, so it can be used with devices in protective cases.

SmartStand for tablets with an iPad in a protective case
SmartStand for tablets with an iPad in a protective case

Once the SmartStand is converted into the scanning assembly, the wires that support the assembly can 'telescope' from the corrugated plastic flutes to allow scanning of documents of various sizes. SmartStand also allows close-ups to capture photographs,checks and receipts.

SmartStand for tablets assembled for scanning
SmartStand for tablets assembled for scanning

The assembly of the stand is very straightforward - please watch the tutorial posted below:

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We are using micro-suction tape as a replacement for a platen for keeping documents or photographs flat on the scanning platform. Here are video instructions for applying micro-suction tape:

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We want our stand to be useful in less than ideal lighting conditions or for scanning glossy objects. You can easily prepare a light diffuser from a piece of presentation board that costs less than $1 - please see the instructions:

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Mobile devices and tablets are capable of scanning paper photographs much faster than scanners. But some preparations are needed to achieve a good quality scan of glossy paper photographs - please see video instructions below:

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The tutorial below explains scanning of larger format documents using the stand:

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This latest tutorial shows how to use the stand to take product pictures, for instance to place your items for sale on the auction sites:

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Below are some examples of scanned images.

A glossy photograph scanned using the stand, iPad and paper diffuser
A glossy photograph scanned using the stand, iPad and paper diffuser
A page from a large format music score scanned using the stand and iPad Air
A page from a large format music score scanned using the stand and iPad Air

You may invent more uses for our SmartStand and we would love to here from you about your ideas and, in the future, about how you put the stand to use.

Risks and challenges

We worked with our local manufacturing shops in Cleveland, Ohio to verify the details of our designs and test the manufacturing process. We have selected a printing shop for getting our graphical designs on corrugated plastic. We have worked with a die cutting shop and have the matrices for cut out our corrugated plastic parts. We are working with the wire forming shop that creates stainless steel formed wire elements.

Please give us a signal that you like our SmartStand by backing our project and we will get to work and will give work to our local partners in order to get the stands to you as soon as possible.

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Funding period

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