The folks at nbryte generously provided me with a brand spanking new Tablift Stand . Working with a wide variety of clients requires solutions for many different environments. Stands for students tend to be table or desk surfaces whereby stands for adults may require desk or alternative positioning, such as beds, couches or recliners. Finding flexible solutions is always important. The Tablift is a flexible, multi-positioning device for uneven surfaces for all tablets.
The Tablift Stand has flexible (gooseneck – like) legs for ease of positioning, storing and toting around. Although it has substance (weighs 1-2 pounds), it packs up pretty small offering portability, or small storage space if needed.
The stand features three positions suited to sitting, reclining or lying down. An elastic band with a clip fastens a tablet securely on the device.
Removal of the devices’ case is required for a secure fit in the stand. It advertises as a stand for all tablets. I certainly could not trial all tablets but did use it with several iPads (2,3, Air), Nexus and Dell Venue 8 tablets all which fit securely in the stand. You can reduce the length of the strap that secures the devices by wrapping through the middle of the stand, a really easy and straight forward solution for different sized tablets.
The Tablift Stand is a well engineered stand that affords stability and flexibility for positioning on uneven surfaces as well as viewing for the user. The middle opening also allows availability to charge the device while used.
I had some assistance with trial of the stand and was able to observe the position and manipulation with its use. Positioning a device when in a reclined position can require reaching against gravity for operation, depending on the height and placement. This can be a challenge for clients with weakness or pain or just fatiguing for a typical user. Although the user in the picture below does not have motor challenges, it was interesting to observe how the stand legs became a stable resting surface to his arms and hands and how easily a thumb or finger could be positioned to scroll or tap on the touch screen for device navigation. The height and configuration of the stand allowed upper arms to remain supported with hands free for manipulation. Viewing position was comfortable, providing appropriate viewing angle when reclined – especially for us those of us wearing bifocals who experience aging-in-place changes like presbyopia!
The Tablift Stand sells for 59.95 at nbryte.com or Amazon ( temporarily out of stock at Amazon but available at nbyte.com) . Well engineered and adaptable, the stand provides ergonomic positioning options for individuals with disabilities as well as the general public.
Colleagues at Adaptive Technology Resources also trialed the stand with good reviews of its potential for adult clients needing alternative positioning with tablets. As for students use – I’ll find out what other OT’s think about the Tablift Stand at our August apps workshop next week!
What about the general public? Well, I know one user that quickly saw the benefits of the stand. All it took was seeing the stand, one trial and I believe I lost my stand and the couch! This is stand has great universal design features that can be used my many!!
Here is a quick video featuring the Tablift Stand:
Have you tried the new Tablift Stand? If you have, share what you think!