The sleekest, slimmest, most awesome cooling stand exclusively designed & engineered for the aluminum unibody MacBook Pro. Read more
This project was successfully funded on November 27, 2011.
About this project
Hey Kickstarters thanks for checking out The TILT for MacBook Pro. We are just two brothers with one bold idea...to put the "cool" back in cooling stands. As proud aluminum unibody MacBook Pro owners, we grew tired of the cooling options currently in the marketplace. Generic cooling stands & pads do not reach or target the hottest areas of the MacBook Pro and with their ugly and bulky design, these stands and pads ruin the sleek Apple design we all appreciate.
The TILT is about to change all that. We have worked over a year on this with multiple prototypes, field testing, feeding off of Gatorade, Chicken McNuggets and tons of research. The TILT is now ready and it's our goal for every MacBook Pro to have the coolest cooling stand on the planet. This is where we need your support. Regardless if you own a MacBook Pro or not we hope that you can support our vision in making The TILT a reality.
We believe in The TILT and with your support we know it can be a game changer. Thanks again for checking out The TILT.
What is The TILT?
The TILT is the first cooling stand specifically designed & engineered for the aluminum unibody MacBook Pro. The TILT is a revolutionary new approach to clunky & boring notebook computer stands. It combines active and passive cooling technology with complete portability. The TILT functions as a desktop stand, lap cooling pad and tripod stand all in one sleek portable device.
The TILT embraces the philosophy of the Apple brand – simple, sleek, smart, and slim. While other stands try to cater to every laptop, The TILT is specifically designed for the aluminum unibody Macbook Pro. Once it is attached, The TILT literally becomes one with your Macbook Pro.
The TILT pre-order is currently for the 15" aluminum unibody MacBook Pro which also includes the late 2011 models just announced by Apple in October 2011. The TILT for the 13" MacBook Pro is still in the development phase.
Slim. Sleek. A Work of Art
For those who value design and style. The minimalist design matches the MacBook Pro aesthetics curve for curve right down to the padded rubber feet. Weighing less than 1lb. and only 0.6" thick, The TILT adds negligible weight and bulk but does add a limitless number of creative possibilities. The most stylish & artistic design you will find in a notebook computer stand.
Stays cool on your lap. Stays cool on your desk.
Your MacBook Pro deserves a custom cooling solution, not some generic one-size-fits-all ugly looking stand or cooling pad. The TILT cools & protects the bottom surface of the MacBook Pro so you can use it for hours directly on your lap, on a desk or virtually anywhere all with reduced heat issues. The custom design & engineering allows The TILT to act as a heat shield and with passive cooling improves circulation, ventilation & airflow so you stay cool and comfortable.
No more bulky stands or pads that slip off your MacBook Pro. With a simple click, The TILT's patent-pending MaxGrip Mobility system safely and seamlessly mounts to the bottom of your MacBook Pro so it fits tight and secure allowing for complete portability. Move it from your desk, to your lap to virtually anywhere with ease. No assembly needed and safely detaches or reattaches in seconds.
Creativity Untapped with Tripod Mount
With the built-in standard 1/4"-20 tripod thread, The TILT allows you to mount the MacBook Pro onto a camera tripod with ease. Just screw The TILT onto any tripod head plate, snap The TILT in place and the MaxGrip Mobility locking mechanism keeps it all balanced and completely stable on a tripod you can now use your MacBook Pro at any height or angle while on the go.
The TILT is perfect for photographers, videographers, any one who works for long hours on their MacBook Pro. It even fits on DJ stands so your MacBook Pro is protected while you perform.
FLOWthru Cooling System
For an added cooling boost just plug in the USB whisper fan to activate the patent-pending FLOWthru Cooling System. The fan is literally at the level of a soft whisper so it will not interrupt your daily activities.
This specifcally engineered
system sends a fresh flow of cool air through the TILT and reaches the
hot areas of the MacBook Pro. Generic cooling stands just push air straight up so it does not reach the MacBook Pro hot areas and the airflow has no direction which results in inefficient cooling. The TILT allows for increased circulation &
bottom surface cooling so that you can stay cool, play cool and work
Don't have another USB port to spare? No problem. The TILT was designed to handle normal every-day-use without the need for a constant FLOWthru Cooling boost. Just store the USB cord in the side compartment for every-day-use and still enjoy the benefits of The TILT's passive cooling protection.
For more specific info on how FLOWthru Cooling works please see our FAQs section at the bottom.
Why we need your support.
We have spent over a year developing and testing The TILT with numerous fully working prototypes (shown in the photos & videos). We are now ready to bring The TILT to you. The product development is done as well as procuring all of the operational & manufacturing logistics necessary to make The TILT a reality!
All that is left are the final production & manufacturing costs. We need your support for the tooling required to produce The TILT out of premium high grade ABS & Polycarbonate. We only want to create The TILT with the best quality materials and hope you can support us in making this happen. Also, there are several post injection processes needed to assemble all of the parts into one final finished product.
The TILT was designed and will be assembled in sunny Southern California.
A BIG THANK YOU!
We appreciate you visiting our project. A big thank you to all those who have helped and supported this project. Now let's make The TILT a reality and give your MacBook Pro the protection and versatility it deserves. Be the first to own the 1st Edition of The TILT!
For more info & pics please go to our official site at: http://themadminds.com
Thanks to bySulmo for producing our video. Check out his official site for more of his fantastic work.
And thanks to Brusspup for the awesome soundtrack to our video. Make sure to check out his YouTube page to see some insane illusions!
HELP SPREAD THE WORD!
Every MacBook Pro deserves The TILT! Please help spread the word!
EXAMPLES OF THE TILT IN THE PRESS
"There's a lot to like about The TILT" - Tech Crunch
"A cooling stand you'd be proud to put on your MacBook Pro" - GigaOM
"Too neat not to showcase" - iLounge
"You can actually use your MacBook Pro on your lap again! - Technabob
"Slim and stealthy like a Ninja..." - Everything USB
MacBook Pro, Apple logo and Apple are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
The TILT is patent pending with the US Patent Office 61 / 533,569
The TILT works and fits exclusively with the 15" aluminum unibody MacBook Pro. This includes the recent late 2011 refresh models that were just announced end of Oct 2011. The TILT for the 13" is still in development.
No. The MacBook Pro safely rests on non-marking and non-scratching cushions and the MaxGrip locking mechanism is also made out of non-marking material. We went to great lengths and tested multiple materials in order to provide the best and safest quality. In fact, The TILT acts as a protective barrier preventing scratches to the sides or bottom of your MacBook Pro.
When you want that added cooling boost just place the included USB plug into your MacBook Pro to activate the FLOWthru Cooling blower and system. While FLOWthru Cooling is there when you need it, The TILT was designed to handle normal every-day-use without FLOWthru Cooling and still ventilates and acts as a heat shield. The FLOWthru Cooling system and USB plug are all integrated in The TILT so just plug it in when you need it, or store the cord in the side compartment when not using FLOWthru Cooling.
The FLOWthru Cooling fan is technically classified as a blower as it pulls in cool fresh air from the outside and is directed by FLOWthru guides that direct the cool air across the hottest areas below the MacBook Pro. The heated air is then guided and pushed out the rear exhaust.
The TILT's intake is directly below the MacBook's intake, on the right. The TILT exhaust is directly below the MacBook's exhaust, on the left. It is literally a boost to Apple's current MacBook Pro air flow systems.
This is an entirely different approach to typical cooling pads as the majority have a generic fan placed in the middle that pushes air straight up but with no guidance. This results in air pushed in all directions with little to no cooling effect and has no chance of reaching the hottest areas of the MacBook Pro.
Apple did a great job on the overall layout but the consequence of the aluminum bottom plate acting as a heat sink is that it gets so hot that they can no longer classify it as a "lap top" because it will burn the top of your lap! The TILT and FLOWthru Cooling solves that problem.
TILT was custom designed and engineered to form exactly around the MacBook Pro shape using the patent-pending MaxGrip Mobility locking system. No assembly required. Just snap The TILT on to the bottom your MacBook Pro and you are ready to move! Attaches and detaches in seconds!
Absolutely not. The TILT is ready to go right out of the box. No assembly required for The TILT or your MacBook Pro. Just line up The TILT directly under your MacBook Pro, lock it in with the MaxGrip Mobility system and you are good to go!
The FLOWthru Cooling system and USB plug are all integrated in The TILT so just plug it in when you need it, or store the cord in the side compartment when not using FLOWthru Cooling.
During the Kickstarter pre-sale window, shipping is included for all U.S. territories only. Canada and all international territories must include an incremental payment for international shipping mentioned in the pledges detail area. madMINDS is also not responsible for excess international shipping fees including paying customs and import / export duties.
The TILT was designed and will be assembled in sunny Southern California. Orange County to be exact. Off of the 91 Freeway to be even more exact.
We asked her. But she just keeps telling us our alarm is already set for 7:30AM and that the nearest Taco Bell is 0.2 miles away.
Don't have another USB port to spare or don't want to plug it in all the time? No problem. The TILT was designed to handle normal every-day-use without the need for a constant FLOWthru Cooling boost. Just store the USB cord in the side compartment for every-day-use and still enjoy all the benefits of The TILT's cooling protection including the heat shielding protection and maximum portability!
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Show your support for inventors who are trying to make a difference! Your name will be featured on our website as a TILT supporter.Estimated delivery:
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You get an exclusive Kickstarter TILT microfiber bag that protects your MacBook Pro during transport & your name featured on our website as a supporter. Includes FREE U.S. shipping. Add $5 for shipping outside the U.S.Estimated delivery:
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The TILT 15: You get The TILT for the 15” MacBook Pro (will retail for $55+). You also get a Kickstarter exclusive micro-fiber bag that holds The TILT and MacBook Pro.
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The TILT 15 MAC ATTACK PACK: Get two (2) TILTs for the 15" MacBook Pro, one for you and one for a gift at an even better deal. *U.S. Shipping Included. Add $30 for shipping outside the U.S. Get ready for the Mac Attack Pack! Ships to only one address.Estimated delivery:
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THE SMALL BIZ PACK: Get ten (10) TILTs for the 15" MacBook Pro at an even better deal for your office or small business. Perfect for small business owners who want their employees to stand out from the crowd! *U.S. Shipping Included. Add $120 for shipping outside the U.S. Ships to only one address.Estimated delivery:
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The DINNER PACK: You get the SMALL BIZ PACK + an awesome dinner out on the town with the creators of The TILT in Los Angeles (not responsible for travel or accommodations). *U.S. Shipping Included. Add $120 for shipping outside the U.S. Ships to only one address.Estimated delivery:
- (40 days)