A New iPad Stand That's Beautiful, Flexible And Heavy
Crowdsourcing sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo let inventors appeal directly to the public for funds. They’ve made a lot of entrepreneurial dreams come true.
If you’re inspired by the inventor’s pitch video, you send some money. It’s not an investment; you’re not rewarded if the invention becomes a hit. But you do get some memento — a T-shirt or a discounted version of the invention once it’s manufactured — and the rosy glow of knowing that you helped bring a cool idea to life.
Until now, there’s been only one problem: You had no way of knowing if the invention was actually any good. You had to trust the inventor’s video.
That’s the beauty of our Kickstarter reviews. We actually test the prototype, find out how much promise it has and help you decide if the thing is worth funding or buying.
Today’s invention: Imagine Stand, a desktop- or wall-mounted iPad stand.
The claim: This anodized aluminum stand matches the iPad’s sleek good looks. It’s easy to adjust but very sturdy. The key selling point: By adjusting two quick-release levers, you can suspend the iPad in space at any angle, height or position — to read, to consult recipes or instructions, to view it hands-free while you’re eating, and so on.
Goal: This Kickstarter project seeks $90,000 in backing by January 16.
Status: At this writing, it’s raised less than $2,000. If the inventor reaches his $90,000 goal, he’ll begin manufacturing these stands this spring, with the hope of shipping them to customers in May.
What I tested: The inventor sent me a near-final unit. A few tweaks remain — tightening and polishing — but the prototype was eminently usable as is.
What I learned: The Imagine Stand’s base is surprisingly heavy. The only thing that could tip this over is a Saint Bernard on a squirrel quest.