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The Flote. An elegant iPad stand that even Jonathan Ive would approve of

The 2002 iMac G4 is one of Jonathan Ives' most daring and beautiful designs. Though the extra expense involved in manufacturing the elegant anglepoise inspired neck meant that the design didn't remain in Apple's portfolio for too long, there was no denying however that it was an attractive and highly useful solution.

The Flote, a floor stand for tablet devices, reminds us in many ways of the elegant simplicity of the iMac G4.

Being able to freely position your iPad to almost any usable height and angle will surely appeal to musicians and artists alike. We can also see the Flote becoming an essential item for many disabled iPad users. The video above - which is a labour of love in its own right - contains many more use cases.

Head on over to the Flote Kickstarter page for more information and to show your support for the project.

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Unfortunately, several of us who would've been interested in this project were recently burned when the Hanfree ipad stand on Kickstarter recently imploded:


December 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjr

Should be The 'Flote' (in the title)

December 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarc

Jr: Sorry to hear that. Crowdfunding is certainly not without risk.

Marc: Thank you. All sorted now.

December 2, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

Hi, I can't speak for other KS projects, but FLOTE has been designed and tested.

There are some minor refinements to be made in terms of manufacturing, but these are intended to enhance the look and the features of the existing FLOTE design, not to make it function in the real world. All parts are being machined, which means that there is no need for time-consuming and troublesome custom tooling for plastic injection molding (believe me I have experienced this on other projects and avoid it at all costs).

All this means that FLOTE will be ready to be manufactured and shipped out as planned (March 2012) IF we meet our funding goal, of course-

Dave Cutler, FLOTE designer & project manager

December 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave Cutler

Thanks for the further clarification Dave. I'm sure that will put many of our readers at ease.

December 2, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

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