iPad’s have revolutionized the personal computer market. Even lighter and more mobile than a laptop, most tablets provide equal access to email, internet, and entertainment, without the added bulk of hardware that you don’t really need on the go. As iPads become more prolific in work environments, however, a small problem has emerged: they’re awkward to hold and carry. Want to show the team a new design you’re working on? Contort your body at a weird angle so everyone can see the screen as you manipulate it.
Leo Garza and Martin Meunier, two crazy-talented special effects designers (a la The Lord of the Rings, Coraline, The Life Aquatic, RoboCop) were tired of such a stupid problem making it difficult to use such an amazing technology. So, being model designers, they DIY’d a versatile solution. The Tabzu is a patent-pending tablet cradle that allows for hands-free use and a whole lot more.
Garza and Meunier loved their prototype Tabzu so much that they started using them outside the office, at coffee shops and family gatherings. Everywhere they went, people couldn’t believe how many problems it solved, and asked where they could get one. Thus, the duo has decided to make a business out of their great idea, and it’s currently gathering funding on Kickstarter. So what makes the Tabzu so different from the million other iPad cases now on the market?
For starters, it’s got a leg grabbing system that allows you to secure the tablet computer to your leg without hindering the case’s ability to be placed on a flat surface. Like other cases, the Tabzu offers multiple angles for both portrait and landscape mode, but it also has a unique Presentation mode. “Once the Tabzu is secured to your leg, it can swivel 360 degrees, a helpful feature during meetings or presentations,” write the designers. “We also discovered that it is very convenient for Skype and allows a direct line of sight to the screen.” The case is 90 percent plastic-free, and made from water-resistant recyclable composite for extra eco-friendliness.
What’s more, Garza and Meunier decided not to play favorites. Currently, the Tabzu’s customizable slot-and-tab system means it’s compatable with iPad, the Nook, the Nexus 7 and iPhone, with new adaptations in the works. A $30 donation to their Kickstarter campaign makes it yours.