Stealthy Tablet Stand Deploys Like A Switchblade

CAD images of the Plinth "universal tablet stand," as shown on the product's Kickstarter page.

CAD images of the Plinth “universal tablet stand,” as shown on the product’s Kickstarter page.

A promising prototype stand called the Plinth fits in a pocket but quickly deploys to support a large tablet, a smartphone or even an old-fashioned book.

Developed by U.K. product designer John Bull, the super-portable Plinth would make it easier for him to use his beloved iPad by holding it rock-steady at three different angles.

“I’d … like to carry with me everywhere I go a stand that’s going to hold my iPad at the right angle, stable as a rock, and is instant and ready for use,” Bull says in a video that introduces his Kickstarter campaign for the Plinth. “I can’t find anything like that on the market so I’ve been working on a design for a product which does have all those features.”

The video, embedded below, shows Bull fumbling with an iPad Smart Cover before pulling the prototype Plinth — which is about the size of a typical smartphone — out of a pocket. The Plinth looks quite sleek, but the money shot comes a little over a minute in, when the universal tablet stand’s rubber-tipped support legs spring out at the touch of a button.

The Kickstarter campaign for the Plinth just launched. The project will be funded if backers pledge 35,000 pounds ($57,820) by Feb. 1.

Want one? If you pledge 10 pounds (about $16.50) now — and the project reaches its funding goal — you’ll get a deal on the Plinth, which Bull says should retail for $25 and be delivered in April 2014. As with most Kickstarter campaigns, there are more-elaborate rewards for bigger backers, including a tour of the factory where the injection-molded Plinths will be made.