June 19, 2012
Mobile devices have changed the day-to-day workplace routine for many people. However, that doesn’t mean we've completely removed paper from the equation. This is where the Clipboard+ accessory comes in, a new Kickstarter project whose creators are now looking for funding. Created by a team of Penn State students, Clipboard+ came about because of the frustrations associated with using smartphone technology to aid in doing work on paper. The result is an all-in-one solution that works simultaneously with mobile technology and the traditional pen, paper, and clipboard. Clipboard+ is available in two varieties: iPad and Smartphone. The first, which works with both the iPad 2 and new iPad, is made of lightweight anodized aluminum and includes a cushioning foam liner. Clipboard+ iPad features include:
The Clipboard+ Smartphone, meanwhile, fits any smartphone or case with a flat, non-porous rear surface. It includes an industrial strength suction cup that maintains a firm grip on the device. Additionally, the phone can be oriented both horizontally and vertically. According to Clipboard+ founder, Kevin Merlini:
- With a simple flip, Clipboard+ iPad allows for an effortless transition between working with paper on the clipboard side to working with your iPad on the backside.
- Paper and iPad together in one package means that you never have to carry both again.
- Sleek design encourages easy storage and transportation
- Holes at the top of the clipboard allow for attachment of a shoulder strap for maximum portability and use of both hands.
After a lot of hard work, mistakes, and learning experiences along the way we were able to nail down the design and manufacturing processes for Clipboard+.You can get your hands on a Clipboard+ Smartphone accessory with a pledge of $20. For $40, you’ll receive a Clipboard + iPad. Additional levels of support are also available. The Clipboard+ team hopes to raise $10,000 by July 18 in order to get the project into production. Take a look: The Clipboard+ looks like a functional, yet inexpensive solution for anyone that needs an iDevice and a clipboard to get their job done. For more information on Clipboard+ be sure to visit their Kickstarter page or their official site.