The Cliff Notes Version:
“The WINGStand creates the world’s sharpest multi-touch laptop by physically integrating a wireless keyboard with an iPad, tablet, or smartphone. It connects to a full sized keyboard making it possible to type naturally as one would on an actual computer.
The WINGStand accommodates a myriad of different devices including the iPad, iPad2, iPhone, and all other tablets on the market. It also works with most cases including the iPad Smart Cover and 1st Generation iPad case. Independent of a keyboard, the WINGStand doubles as an upright stand for tablets, smartphones, and eReaders.”
The Extended Edition:
“The WINGStand was designed at Stanford University by a series of students that wanted to use the iPad for more than reading and watching movies. Because it lacked a tactile interface, it was impossible write with the iPad. However, in all other ways, the iPad was the perfect computer.
The WINGStand solves the typing issue by creating a laptop with an iPad, tablet, or smartphone serving as the monitor. But the WINGStand can do a lot more than the standard laptop. For instance, the WINGStand setup allows you to remove, rotate and reconfigure an iPad, tablet, or smartphone in any orientation. It enables one to switch between different devices for different circumstances, and it’s two components snap together like Legos for easy storage when not in use.
We’ve worked to create a device that mirrors the same clean, elegant simplicity of Apple products. We made design sleek, with subtle curves, and smooth faces with the hope that people will have the same feelings using their WINGStand as stepping into a perfectly clean room, sitting down to a clear desktop, or driving down the open road. The WINGStand, we hope, will do away with clutter and bring simplicity, clarity, and elegance to people’s lives.
So Why Kickstarter?
Why are we launching on Kickstarter? Because the injection molding process, necessary to create each WINGStand is quite expensive. The price of tooling the machinery, setting up the equipment, and ordering the first run of WINGS is more than most individuals can afford, let an enthusiastic set of students. Kickstarter is a way of building energy around the WINGStand and raising enough money to make the product a reality.
But in reality it’s a lot more. This Kickstarter campaign a way of showing that today, a good idea is no longer limited by age, or connections, or money. With a good work ethic, a dose of youthful enthusiasm, and a community of active, involved and supportive patrons, any idea can be realized – even one conceived in a Stanford dorm by over ambitious young students. The WINGStand, I hope, will be testament to that fact.