by Brent Dirks
July 2, 2012
Lazy iPad users rejoice! The tablift Kickstarter project promises to be an easy-to-operate, hands-free solution for your tablet. The idea for the stand was conceived when creator C. Scott Blevins realized there was no good solution for reading or watching video on the iPad while in the bed or on the couch. The tablift is deigned to hold the iPad in a stable and optimal viewing position regardless of how uneven the surface it is resting on. The solution uses four, independently adjustable legs for stability. It also has a low center of gravity to protect from tipping over. Some of the viewing angles possible with the tablift include sitting, reclining, and lying down. The solution, compatible with all three generations of the iPad, also works as a desktop stand with many configurations. Here’s a quick introduction video about the project. Click here if you can’t see the video. For a $60 pledge, you can receive one tablift. With 10 days left to go, the project has raised almost $39,000 of its $78,000 goal. If funding is successful, estimated delivery is in October. I have mixed feelings about the tablift. While I think it looks somewhat useful, it seems like the iPad must be out of a case to operate. And while the folded configuration of the stand is pretty compact, it looks really large unfolded.