If you visit here more than once in a great while, you know I’m a big fan of iPad stands. And now I’ve spotted another great looking one on Kickstarter: the Slope stand – for the iPad, iPad mini, Nexus 7 and 10, and Kindle.
Take a look at that photo of the Slope above. No hands right? There doesn’t appear to be anything keeping the iPad in place on the stand. The secret sauce is suction:
Suction via thousands of tiny air pockets functioning as mini suction cups. …
Suction is the thing that drives its function. Slope has two nanofoam pads affixed to its aluminum base, one gripping the backside of the tablet, the other gripping the surface of the desk underneath. These pads are comprised of a special make of foam that, as you can see from the video, are extremely effective.
The material that comprises nanofoam was manufactured in such a way that it is laden with thousands of open air-pockets along its surface. Pressing an object with a flat surface up against the nanofoam forces the air out of the pockets thereby creating a vacuum, and it’s this vacuum that creates the suction you experience.
The Slope is made of ‘aerospace grade’ aluminum and should look great on a desk or just about anywhere you care to use it. It’s got a small footprint, which is always helpful, and seems to be very versatile in terms of where you can mount it too.
I’m in – I backed the project at the pledge level that gets me a Slope for the iPad ($59) – and looking forward to using this next March if the project gets funded.
You can see lots more detail, demo videos, and of course become a backer at the Slope Kickstarter project page.