I’m starting to think that Kickstarter may soon become my favorite source of new iPad accessories.It seems like a month doesn’t go by without discovering at least one very promising looking new iPad related gem on the superb community funding platform site.
Today Smarter Stand grabbed my attention. It’s a nifty looking accessory that promises to make the iPad Smart Cover smarter – specifically it offers to turn an iPad Smart Cover or iPad Smart Case into a full-featured iPad stand.
The Kickstarter project for Smarter Stand reached its funding goal in less than 24 hours, and it looks destined to be a big success. Here’s a little about the idea behind the project and the Smarter Stand’s features:
The Smart Cover is one of the best accessories for iPad, but it’s too limiting as an iPad stand: either its so reclined you can’t see the screen or it’s so upright that I have to back-up. What you really want is the iPad facing you directly, but the Smart Cover doesn’t do that…until now!
Smarter Stand is composed of 2 clips that attach to either side of the Smart Cover or the Smart Case. For the Smart Cover, a polyurethane pad that sticks to the back side of the iPad is also provided to prevent the iPad from slipping. For the Smart Case, no pad is needed since the neoprene of the back cover provides the grip necessary.
You can achieve different stand positions by sliding the clips so they block the folds of the Smart Cover. For example:
- Slide one clip over the first fold and you get a 33-degree stand position.
- Slide the other clip over the second fold as well and you get 45-degree stand position.
33-degree stand position – great for watching movies
By moving the clips to different spots and combining them in different ways, you’ll discover new stand positions including a private typing position that hides your screen from someone across from you (think job interviews, business meetings, …).
45-degree stand position achieved by sliding the 2 clips over 2 different folds
The clips are designed to slide perfectly on the Smart Cover (or Smart Case) yet they’re tightly attached enough to stay on as you carry your iPad around.
The product looks slick and like it will be a very handy companion for iPad Smart Cover and iPad Smart Case users.
The pledge levels for the project are very reasonably priced. I backed it with a $14 pledge which offers the following reward:
Get the Smarter Stand in the color of your choice to match your Smart Cover or mix colors for a great personalized look. You’re guaranteed to turn some heads at Starbucks! Colors available are: light grey, dark grey, blue, green, pink, black, navy, red and white. We’ll email you before we ship to ask which color you want. FREE International shipping.
You can see more details and a demo video and make a pledge at the Kickstarter page for the Smarter Stand.