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Our Way to the Loplin Hood.
We have been working with the Apple MacBook® for ages and we do love the crystal-clear display it offers – movies, photos and text never cease to amaze on a MacBook® display. The only thing disturbing the joy of working has always been the external light coming from large windows, lamps or just the sun inadvertently reflecting on the monitor surface, especially while travelling. Quite often we found ourselves in a meeting, on a plane, in a train or just at a coffee shop feeling uneasy, because everyone around us could be looking at what we were just working on on our laptops, be reading our discreet and private correspondence, be looking at confidential documents. Suddenly the wide viewing angle of the new laptop generations became quite a drawback.
For a while we have tried to block out light and unwanted peeks of passers-by with improvised hoods cut out of cardboard, attached to the monitor with sticky tape. But we needed a more permanent yet flexible solution and foremost one that would not do any harm to the display itself.
Hence the idea formed to develop the ultimate tool to effectively shade the monitor against stray light and give us the desired privacy while working in public. It took some time and effort, many tests of different materials and layers of fabrics, but we finally created the Loplin hood that does serve all of these needs.
It does not just protect our privacy and blocks stray light, we also managed to make it look great and super-easy to handle.
Shadowing your monitor can distinctly improve your comfort.
Your screen content is displayed in maximum quality - annoying ambient light is kept out. Additionally, it supports focusing on your work and ensures discretion while being in public – outdoors & indoors.
you've been in the market for a mobile hood, you may have felt the same
frustration – plastics, poor aesthetics and bugging usability.
So we started designing our own hood – the Loplin hood.
What makes the Loplin hood special?
DESIGN: First, the Loplin hood is fully textile. It is manufactured from an ultra-thin custom-engineered fabric. In contrast to known cardboard designs, this design offers a warm and enjoyable surface feel and a unique look. The 4-layer fabric guarantees the right amount of dim-out, and comes in a growing range of colours.
CONSTRUCTION: The Loplin hood is designed like a kite with a self-supporting structure of carbon fibre rods. No sturdy panels and boxy shapes. Its total weight is about 1.2 oz/35 grams.
been friends of the idea of letting existing components work for us, so
the Loplin hood snaps
onto your screen by using the
MacBook´s® internal magnets. It is set up in about two
… and can be easily stored inside your MacBook´s® sleeve or bag after use.
Availability, colours & specifications
The Loplin hood is available for:
- 13“ Apple Macbook Pro® (All unibody models, Retina and Non-Retina)
- 15“ Apple Macbook Pro® (All unibody models, Retina and Non-Retina)
- 11“ MacBook Air® (starting model 3.1 from end 2010 and later)
- 13“ MacBook Air® (starting model 4.2 from mid 2011 and later)
What´s about the upcoming MacBook Air® 12?
As long as the top lid design stays the same, you can be shure, that we will offer the Loplin hood also for the 12" version of the MacBookAir®.
Please select from slate, dark cherry red, spring green and sea blue.
Any version can be ordered in any colour listed!
Pledging should be as easy as possible for you. For this reason we decided not to charge any additional costs for different colours or product sizes - just select your MacBook® model and your fave colour after funding period!
- fully textile & foldable
- self-supporting structure with carbon fibre rods
- usage of Macbooks internal magnets – no own magnets!
- total weight: 35 grams
- set-up time: about two seconds
- fits in every sleeve or bag together with your notebook
Our project & your support
About this project
We started developing the Loplin hood in 2012. After a lot of prototyping with different cardboard and plastic materials, it was our strong belief, that no one - including ourselves - would be happy to have a stiff box on their Mac. So we left most design parameters behind and began thinking the hood from scratch. An image that crossed quickly our minds was the image of a kite – lightweight but robust and with a textile charme which combines the cool appearance of aluminium with grace. This led to a nearly one year developing phase of a custom-engineered fabric, which is the core (and a little of a „secrect recipe“) of the Loplin hood.
do we need your support?
As simple as it might look, the Loplin hood is completely manufactured from custom-made components. Nothing which can be supplied from stock – especially the fabrication of the textile material. To make the Loplin hood a viable product, we have to manufacture about 16.000 sqft/1.500qm of our custom 4-layer fabric at a time. Now we need your support to get the Loplin hood in the hands of Mac® users everywhere.
Were do the Pledge funds go?
100% of the money raised will go towards the first production run of the hood. These funds will allow us to meet the minimum order quantities for the different materials and components we need for an entire production in Europe and the U.S.
Campaign fulfillment / schedule 2015
until end of February: production of multi-layer fabric, rods and accessoires
middle of February till middle of March: sewing
middle until end of March: assembly
early April: packaging and shipment
Estimated world-wide delivery is April 2015.
for taking the time to look at our project. We really appreciate your
Kai & Jorg
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Risks and challenges
As soon as our campaign is successfully funded, we are going to make sure everything is happening according to our plan. The supply chain, manufacturing, operations and logistics are set up and ready to go. Although we do not see any direct risks or challenges, there might always be unforeseen tasks that may present itself during the process of production. We are committed to do everything in our power to deliver the Loplin hood on time and keep you informed about all processes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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