From time to time we like to highlight a project spotted on funding platform Kickstarter. This month we bring you the Tavoletta, an iPad/Kindle stand accessory that lets you prop your tablet device on your lap--or other body parts.
The folks behind the project are John Albano, Craig Robertson, and Geoff Strawbridge from Williamstown, Mass. (home of Williams College). They've spent a couple thousand bucks prototyping the Tavoletta, and are now looking for $30,000 in pledges to produce it (our headline's a wee bit snarky, but these guys are very serious, as evidenced by their Kickstarter video).
Here's what they say about the product:
Using our unique design, the Tavoletta will hold your iPad or Kindle straight up and down for great viewing, unlike other stands that require that your tablet be tilted back at an angle. And, unlike other stands that rely on perfect balance, the Tavoletta is forgiving if you need to, heaven forbid, shift your weight or cough or do any of those other things us humans tend to do that our desks don't.
What do you think? Is the Tavoletta worthy of commercialization? As it stands, it would cost $60 for the iPad version and $80 for the version that includes a Kindle adapter (we assume it can also be used with Android tablets such as the Motorola Xoom, as well as other e-readers).