Het verhaal van de houten iPad stand.
The Dutch Simon Blazer is 75 years old. He’s got two right hands. But no iPad. Even so, when a friend asked him to design and build a wooden iPad Stand he was fascinated. Dutch ingenuity, combined with some good friends made this Dutch grandpa the iPad grandpa.
One day Martijn Aslander wanted to put his iPad on his desk to display it. Alas the official iPad Dock from Apple was expensive and only available in the US. He went over to Simon and asked if he could help. Sure enough, within an hour there was the first wooden iPad Stand. It worked absolutely great. The iPad fitted beautifully, it could be used in portrait and in landscape mode, and it just felt right. David Rudolf Bakker came over, took some great pictures of the first iPad Stand and posted a funny blogpost online. The three Dutch entrepreneurs promised to make the iPad Stand if they got 50 people interested. Little did they know…
Within two days the blogpost was picked up by the main technology website in the world, Wired. Shortly followed by CrunchGear and The Unofficial Apple Weblog (which is a huge thing for an Apple related product). The result was the Dutchmen had hundreds of interested people for the $5 iPad Stand. Now they had to actually go on and make hundreds of the $5 iPad Stands.
Simons woodshop became the $5 iPad Stand factory. A couple of days later a small mountain of $5 iPad Stands was ready. It did cost the gentlemen some actual blood, sweat and tears, but happy with the result none the less. Another friend, Annemieke Nieborg, helped the guys a whole lot by taking care of the shipping. In only a matter of days, something that started as a small practical solution, became a small business. Now shipping to over 20 countries worldwide and having sold hundreds, the Dutchmen are looking to grow their business even further.
And the amazing thing? There were no meetings. No contracts, no paperwork. With the help of the internet in a mere three days the ball was rolling quite well. It’s an amazing adventure for the three Dutchmen ,and just goes to show what you can do with a piece of wood and some of that fine Dutch ingenuity. It even earned Simon and iPad. And the ‘iPad grandpa’ nickname.
In the news
The $5 iPad Stands have been in the news quite a bit. See what other website wrote about the $5 iPad Stand:
We sold Wooden iPad Stands to Uganda. But that is purely coincidence. We also happened to ship to Hawaii and Alaska by now. Should be great to visit all the places the Wooden iPad Stands ship to
How awesome is this? @riichard used two The Next Web Wooden iPad Stands to prop up his MacBook Air! Great stuff.
Thanks for sharing, love it!
Want to read an ebook comfortably in your bed? Put it in the Wooden iPad Stand sideways! Works perfectly, even with a Kindle (or iPad 1 or iPad 2). Try it out for your self!
Thanks to Pascal Altena for emailing this picture.
Don’t they look cute together? The Original and the Do the Bamboo version side by side at MaxMe Groningen!
Our Original Wooden iPad Stands are as of now made from German beech. That’s not all. If you want to get technical about our wood, check this out: Sup.Color S2S; PEFC Mixed 70%, CU-PEFC-008566 KD. Apperantly it’s award winning, PEFC approved wood.
So our wood is good. Very good
We love our product. It’s eco, it’s pretty and it just feels right. Soon it will be in stores as well. Trouble is, we need packaging. We had some great design done (partly by us, partly by the talented @gertonderweg from RCG Groningen) and came up with something awesome.
Trouble is, it’s expensive. We sell a $5 stand, we cannot afford $1 packaging. Maybe we can get prices down and only use it for our $10 Bamboo version, but we still need packaging.
Do you have any creative low-budget packaging ideas? Cheap, eco-ok/friendly and stickerable would be the requirements…
Your suggestions are very much appreciated!
UPDATE 1: we need attractive packaging for in stores, that is the most important bit.
UPDATE 2: approx. measurements of the Wooden iPad Stands are 13 x 8 x 2.5 cm
Simpel. En briljant. Dit is de iPad stand die je moet hebben. Zet je iPad horizontaal of verticaal in de stand, neem de lichtgewicht stand overal mee naar toe en ontdek dat je niet zonder kan.
Dit originele Nederlandse product is met de hand gemaakt, van eco bamboe en bijzonder praktisch. De perfecte iPad Stand voor op het bureau of voor onderweg.
Volgens The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) “A brilliantly simple iPad Stand”
Bright mag tien bamboe iPad stands weggeven. Vul onderstaand formulier in om kans te maken op deze mooie prijs.
Deze prijs is gewonnen door:
Lucia de Meijer-Kerns uit Utrecht
Jeroen Zweers uit Doornenburg
anita wilmsen uit beerse, belgie
Ron de Jong uit Doorwerth
Marcel Mulder uit Elst gld
Bram Boersma uit Den Haag
Rina Beek uit Geertruidenberg
maddy dieleman uit hoogeveen
Sander Spierings uit Best
Jeffrey van Draanen uit Amsterdam
Will the $5 iPad Stand damage my beloved iPad?
Not very likely. We tested our own iPad in the $5 iPad Stand for days without any damage. If however, you feel the need to slam your iPad in or vigorously grind it in the wooden iPad Stand, you will most likely damage your iPad.
How strong is the $5 iPad Stand?
Quite strong actually. From our facinating disclaimer: “ Of course we tested our own wooden iPad Stand for days, chucking it in bags and taking our iPad in and out. It didn’t hurt our beloved iPad or iPad Stand one bit.
If however, you feel the need to slam your iPad in or vigorously grind it in the wooden iPad Stand, you will most likely damage your iPad. And if you throw the wooden iPad Stand on a hard enough surface, it will break. As our valued customer we know you’ve got plenty common sense not to do so, or to blame us.”
But don’t just take our word for it. We made two video’s:
and severe testing:
Can I charge my iPad whilst in the $5 iPad Stand?
Yes you certainly can. Just put the iPad in the horizontal position and done. It is a $5 iPad Stand and not a dock, since you can’t put the usb-dock connector in the iPad when it’s vertical. We don’t really want to make a dock either, it would eliminate the possibility to place the iPad in landscape/horizontal orientation in the $5 iPad Stand. And we think a lot of apps will work great when the iPad is horizontally placed in the $5 iPad Stand.
Do you offer other types of wooden $5 iPad Stands?
Wauw, you must be a mind reader! Just what we are thinking, different kinds of wood. Amazing, just stay in touch and see different wood options in the near future!
Where can you use the $5 iPad Stand?
In the Flickr group Wooden iPad Stands showacase we collect $5 iPad Stand photos made by users.
How, and why did you guys start selling wooden $5 iPad Stands?
This is our story so far. And we’re sticking to it.
What are your favorite apps?
These are our favorite apps
Hey, I can do this myself!
Well yes you can! If you’re a bit handy and have the right tools, you can certainly make one yourself. We even give you the details on how to make your own. But if you rather let us do it, we’re more than happy to take you order
Is there a patent on the $5 iPad Stand?
Creative commons, as long as you mention our name, it’s ok.