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TabletTable is an assistive technology platform designed to help make modern devices accessible for users with a movement disorder.
107 backers pledged $16,403 to help bring this project to life.
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Hello Kickstarter - My name is Jeff Albee and I want to share a little bit with you about Tablet Table.

Mobile and handheld technology has become an integrated part of everyday life. Everyone carries a smartphone or tablet. We have access to the sleekest, lightest devices created to date. What most people do not consider is how this amazingly designed technology can be difficult to use for someone facing a movement disorder. Have you ever dropped your cellphone or your tablet? If you are like me, you have probably dropped yours in the last 24 hours. Imagine the frustration of being one of the forty-million handicapped people globally trying to use today's lightest, sleekest mobile devices.

Dean using his TabletTable in a classroom with his therapist
Dean using his TabletTable in a classroom with his therapist

TabletTable was created to help those facing movement disorders effectively use today’s technology. My niece, Hannah, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, inspired the design. My dad created the first TabletTable, made of wood in his garage, to help Hannah use her iPad. She needed something to keep the tablet connected to her wheel chair and we could not find anything on the market that accomplished what we were looking for. After seeing Hannah’s reaction to the TabletTable, and the way she was finally able to use her tablet, my dad handed over the design to me and tasked me with bringing this product to market.

While the development of this product has been an important personal journey because of Hannah, many other kids and adults who have tested and benefited from TabletTable have become the inspiration for bringing this product to the public. We hear story after story from parents whose movement disabled children have experienced improvements in their motor skills with the TabletTable. We have also seen the impact of putting TabletTable into the hands of the elderly, specifically in a nursing home setting. The height and angle gives the residents easy access to use a tablet and prevents the technology from being damaged. 

Being handicapped does not mean your life has to stop. TabletTable enables those with a movement disorder to use today’s technology in a safe and efficient way. We are here on Kickstarter to ask you to join us in making technology accessible to everyone, no matter what limitations they may face. Whether you are backing this campaign because someone in your immediate family is affected by a motor disorder, or strictly for philanthropic reasons, you are personally putting this technology in the hands of someone who needs it. You are making their life better. Join us on this journey and help bring technology to everyone! 

Our utility Patent and U.S. Trademark has been filed and we're sharing TabletTable across the country, having produced 4 of the fourth-generation prototypes you see in our project pictures. We get a thrill out of sharing TabletTable and love to see how it impacts people.  We have had overwhelmingly positive feedback from the: 

  • John's Hopkins Scleroderma Center
  • Tennessee Technology Access Center (Nashville, TN) 
  • High Hopes Physical Therapy (Franklin, TN) 
  • Vanderbilt Physical Therapy (Nashville, TN)
  • a Physical Therapy office in FL (Jacksonville, FL)
  • First Steps Child Development (Nashville, TN)
  • Grassland Middle School (Franklin, TN)
  • Harris Hillman School (Nashville, TN)
  • Waves Inc. Day Program (Nashville, TN)
  • Friends from across the U.S. who have found us via social media and have tested TabletTable in their homes.  
  • and of course the inspiration for our project Hannah, who has Cerebral Palsy

Why we need you: 

To go to Production. We are now ready for our first production run. Production is expensive, especially with the initial setup (a.k.a. “Tooling”). Your donation or pre-purchase will help defray the cost so we can bring this product to market.

To help us get the word out! Even though you may not need TabletTable there are millions of people out there who do...Please share our product with your friends & family! 

To get TabletTable to people who need it! In testing TabletTable we have been amazed & humbled by how our product helps people of all ages. We've also seen how big of a need there is out there and we have built a list of individuals and organizations who need TabletTable. If you choose to support one of these people or organizations...you'll be doing something truly amazing for them.  

Please Join Us in Bringing Technology to Everyone!

TabletTable’s front panel keeps your tablet secure while providing access to buttons, speakers, headphones and camera.
TabletTable’s front panel keeps your tablet secure while providing access to buttons, speakers, headphones and camera.
The bottom features oversized pressure sensitive adhesive grips as well as mounting options for screws, posts or straps.
The bottom features oversized pressure sensitive adhesive grips as well as mounting options for screws, posts or straps.
We put the handle, charger access, panel release and height adjustment levers in the back of the TabletTable, away from the user yet easily accessible to a therapist, teacher or parent.
We put the handle, charger access, panel release and height adjustment levers in the back of the TabletTable, away from the user yet easily accessible to a therapist, teacher or parent.

Jeff Albee:

An accomplished technologist, business leader, and consultant, Jeff focuses on global information technology consulting projects and clients in his role as Amec Foster Wheeler’s Information Management & Applied Technologies Practice Lead. He is a proven leader with strong technology and communication skills as well as a track record of delivering information technology projects.

Shannon Welborn:

Shannon holds a bachelor's degree in business from Rhodes College and a master's in early childhood education from Vanderbilt University. A mother of three, Shannon's desire to serve all children whether in an education, entertainment or healthcare setting has always been her passion.

Risks and challenges

We have been working on the TabletTable for about 2 years. I also maintain a 15-year career as a Technology Consultant for an multi-national engineering firm. Our challenges have included scheduling with suppliers and a steep learning curve in product production. Now that we have finished prototypes and have selected suppliers to produce, assemble and warehouse TabletTable, we are ready to tell them to get started! With your support and their expertise, we are excited to leave the prototyping phase and enlist the team we have assembled to complete our first production run!

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    Thank you for helping us bring TableTable to one of the millions facing a motor disorder who will benefit from our product. Your name will be added to a special section on our website, calling out everyone who backed the campaign. We will also send some TabletTable stickers to commemorate your contribution.

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    With a pledge of $25, you will receive a TableTable Water Bottle created just for our backers as well as the sticker pack and your name on our wall of fame.

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    With a pledge of $50, you will receive a TableTable T-Shirt and Water Bottle created just for our backers as well as the sticker pack and your name on our wall of fame.

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    TabletTable Early Bird Pre Order - pre order the newly designed TabletTable built to hold an iPad 2, 3, 4, and Air. Whether this be for someone in your immediate family, or a donation to someone you know, we appreciate your support and can't wait to hear the stories from those who get their hands on the product. Shipping and handling is free to the Continental US. Additional shipping costs apply to locations outside of the US.

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    TabletTable Pre Order - pre order the newly designed TabletTable built to hold an iPad 2, 3, 4, and Air. Whether this be for someone in your immediate family, or a donation to someone you know, we appreciate your support and can't wait to hear the stories from those who get their hands on the product. Shipping and handling is free to the Continental US. Additional shipping costs apply to locations outside of the US.

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    With a pledge of this amount we will provide up to ten (10) newly designed TabletTable's (built to hold an iPad 2, 3, 4, and Air) to a school or therapy center of your choice. Also includes the t-shirt, water bottle, sticker pack and your name on our wall of backers on the TabletTable site.

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    Full Integration Package - we will provide a team to come in and install ten (10) newly designed TabletTable's (built to hold an iPad 2, 3, 4, and Air) to a school or therapy center of your choice. Our team will also provide training on how to best integrate the TabletTable into your learning environment.

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    TabletTable Early Adopter Pre Order - pre order the newly designed TabletTable built to hold an iPad 2, 3, 4, and Air. Whether this be for someone in your immediate family, or a donation to someone you know, we appreciate your support and can't wait to hear the stories from those who get their hands on the product. Shipping and handling is free to the Continental US. Additional shipping costs apply to locations outside of the US.

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