Sometimes the simplest solutions are the hardest to see. When you look at the Smarter Stand project on Kickstarter, the only thought that comes to mind is, “Why did it take a year before someone came up with this?” (If it already exists, I apologize, as I haven’t seen one before.) The Smarter Stand is simple: it’s a pair of plastic clips that clip onto the Smart Cover folders in order to stop them from bending. That’s it. While that doesn’t sound like much, it does mean that you suddenly have a few more positions in which the Smart Cover works as a stand, all for close to no money.
There’s an early bird special still available as I write this, offering the Smarter Stand for $10. I think most would like to jump to the $14 level though, which isn’t limited in quantity, and more importantly lets you choose the color to match your Smart Cover. The project has already reached its goal, so you don’t have to worry about whether it gets funded.
As much as I love ideas that are brilliant in their simplicity, I do have to point out the obvious here: this is a plastic clip. A $14 plastic clip. That ships in October. You could head out the door right now and come back with something that does the same job, or if you have a heat gun and some leftover acrylic glass, you could make a handful of these in the time it takes you to watch the promotional video for the project. I’m kinda torn between wanting to promote this guy’s business for being the one to come up with it, to actually promoting the DIY way when it comes to something that anyone could make themselves. In the end though, I think the best looking solution is going to be the commercial one.[Kickstarter]