SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, September, 2, 2015 – Startup product design company Forge announced today that it is raising funds via a rewards crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to finish the development of their unique smartphone stand/dock, aptly named TILT. The company set out to raise $50,000 on Kickstarter to finish development and produce the first batch of their latest invention that is going to change the way you use your smartphone.
The designers at Forge have come up with a very clever way to solve the problem of the cumbersome or useless docked smartphone. Their new stand features a unique shape that allows a smartphone, while docked, to be tilted backwards into a natural usage position, then rocked upright again all without removing it from the dock.
“I found myself getting annoyed with the experience of using my phone while sitting at my desk since it either sat out on the tabletop, was left in my pocket, or was on charge and was basically useless at that point,” says Sean Kennedy, co-founder of Forge and lead designer of TILT. He wanted to find a phone dock or stand that gave him the ability to use his smartphone without having to pick it up or take it out. His other requirement was that it had to look and feel good while sitting on his desk. He soon realized that nothing like this existed on the market and so began the creation of TILT.
There are two version of TILT. A standard model without a built in charging system and a charge-enabled model for iPhone and Android/Windows devices, primarily smartphones and small-form tablets. It is made of aluminim and rubber, comes in five anodized colors, and is available starting at roughly $30 USD on Kickstarter. The campaign began back in August and is coming to a close on the 13th of September.
Forge was set up in Utah this past year and is owned by Sean Kennedy and Shawn Saunders. Together they make up the design team and are joined by a few engineers and one other designer. They have a combined 40+ years of experience working for companies including Hilton, ADP, and Bluehost.com, in design and engineering, and are getting Forge off the ground to create “simple products that work well.”