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Smartoo provides a perch for travellers' laptops

Smartoo provides a perch for t...
The Smartoo in its intended environment
The Smartoo in its intended environment
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The Smartoo has a slot that allows tablets or smartphones to be propped up
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The Smartoo has a slot that allows tablets or smartphones to be propped up
The Smartoo in its intended environment
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The Smartoo in its intended environment
The Smartoo folds up when not in use, and has an adjustable-width dual clamping mechanism that reportedly allows it to fit on most popular suitcases
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The Smartoo folds up when not in use, and has an adjustable-width dual clamping mechanism that reportedly allows it to fit on most popular suitcases
The Smartoo has a slot that allows tablets or smartphones to be propped up
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The Smartoo has a slot that allows tablets or smartphones to be propped up
The Smartoo in its intended environment
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The Smartoo in its intended environment
The Smartoo folds up when not in use, and has an adjustable-width dual clamping mechanism that reportedly allows it to fit on most popular suitcases
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The Smartoo folds up when not in use, and has an adjustable-width dual clamping mechanism that reportedly allows it to fit on most popular suitcases

You can get a lot of computer work done, stuck in an airport lounge for several hours between flights. Doing so can be awkward and uncomfortable, however, if your laptop is sitting on your knees or perched precariously on top of your suitcase. That's why the Smartoo was created. It attaches to your suitcase's telescoping handle, turning it into a computer stand.

The device folds up when not in use, and has an adjustable-width dual clamping mechanism that reportedly allows it to fit on most popular suitcases. It can accommodate laptops up to a maximum size of 15 inches, plus it has a slot that allows tablets or smartphones to be propped up.

The Smartoo folds up when not in use, and has an adjustable-width dual clamping mechanism that reportedly allows it to fit on most popular suitcases
The Smartoo folds up when not in use, and has an adjustable-width dual clamping mechanism that reportedly allows it to fit on most popular suitcases

It additionally has a built-in lithium-ion battery, that serves as a power bank for charging smartphones. While that could prove to be a valuable feature, we can't help but think that it also unnecessarily adds to the weight and price of the product.

The Smartoo is currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign, where a pledge of US$65 will get you one if it reaches production. The planned retail price is $99.

It's demonstrated in the following video.

Source: Indiegogo

SMARTOO Ing Campaign Video

2 comments
f8lee
Hmmm - what percentage of my business trips afford me the luxury of hanging out at the airport for a multi-hour layover? And if the laptop ban comes into play, will this unit be disalllowed as well with its built in battery? At the end of the day, is the extra space/weight added by this gadget worth the effort?
yawood
How many business travellers are members of an airline lounge, or have access to the lounge because of business class tickets? Most I would think. For those that are not, most terminals have sufficient tables/bars/coffee spots etc on which to perch a laptop. For the small percentage that cannot work under those conditions this device sounds useful but I would still prefer it without the battery so that it is light and more easily stored.