FlipSteady Case and alternative Stand for the Vaio Z

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  1. Routb3d

    Routb3d Scribbler - Standard Member

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    I'm thinking about designing a FlipSteady case for the Sony Vaio Z.

    Do you think the Vaio Z is a good candidate for my next design?

    Here is a video showing my work on the FlipSteady for the Wacom Cintiq Companion.


    Any thoughts about how a FlipSteady could play well with the keyboard and the built in stand are welcome!

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    Thanks,

    Isaiah Coberly
    NewPencil inc.
    www.flipSteady.com
     
  2. Steve S

    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    ...The VAIO Z or the VAIO Z Canvas...?

    If the latter, then I'm sure that users would welcome it... but you might need to think a bit about how to accommodate the keyboard, because it fits very closely to the screen (that is, not sure how much "play" there is before you lose contact with the recharging contacts...)
     
  3. Marty

    Marty Pen Pro - Senior Member Senior Member

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    I think this would be an awesome addition to the FlipSteady line! I'm still using the original FlipSteady for the EP121 and I have to say I'm sure many slate-first users (like myself and @Steve S) would love this for the Canvas.

    As for keyboard integration, I would just make the corners of the case out of neodymium (instead of aluminum) polorized to match the keyboard magnets.

    The flip cover would just go over the keyboard if it's attached. Perhaps putting some corresponding magnets in the cover bones, will help the cover hug snugly with or without the keyboard.
     
  4. Routb3d

    Routb3d Scribbler - Standard Member

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    I would Certainly be making for the Z canvas. I will modify my original post. I can see that I will need to have some experience with the keyboard in order to design the case. If anyone out there lives close to Tacoma WA and wouldn't mind bringing their tablet and keyboard to my studio, there may be a really cool free case for your contribution. I'll keep my eye on this thread and see what the interest level is.

    Isaiah
     
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    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    Isaiah: Off topic, but here's a rogue thought: How about a simple Surface / Surface Pro screen cover?

    Users in the Microsoft forums have lamented the fact that Microsoft does not offer a simple blade (Microsoft's terminology for this Surface accessory) screen cover, but only makes keyboards (Touch or Type, and the hyped but never marketed Mixer). Users used to resort to using the Touch Cover as a simple screen cover, but the Surface form factor has now evolved away from that (16:9) size. If you could figure out a way to make an inexpensive screen cover for the Surface / Surface Pro, I think you would find a market for it...
     
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    Returning to topic, another thought: Some tablet users are interested in "lap-ability." Although the Surface kick-stand isn't ideal (in some minds), most users will grudgingly admit that it can be made to work.

    However, the ZC's folding stand is narrow, and if the ZC was sitting on your lap, the stand would slip between your legs. So if your case design could somehow address this issue, I think that potential buyers would appreciate that.

    Finally, you might think about whether the origami folding cover that is your trademark is still a useful feature in this particular case. The ZC's stand already accommodates any useful angle that one might want, so you need to tell us either why the origami cover is better... or perhaps you should think about some other feature that users would find valuable in lieu of the origami cover. Of course, a screen cover is always valuable
     
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    As a portrait-mode slate user, I have to disagree with this. Especially with the 3:2 aspect ratio, the Canvas Z is perhaps the best tablet for artists/designers/multimedia specialists who work with a customized portrait interface in heavy applications like CS, ZBrush and even AutoCad.

    The biggest selling point for me with the FlipSteady, was the adjustable portrait modes, which virtually no other stand (cover, case or otherwise) offers. I would dearly miss this origami-style feature.
     
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    Hello Isaiah, please make this a reality. It is such a struggle to find a functional case for the ZC that it's borderline frustrating. I have been looking high and low for a case that boasts functionality such as yours because the ZC's kick stand is just not built for students using the machine on their laps. Thus, I must disagree with Steve S, as I feel his opinion is biased and limited in scope to what other people might be accustomed and comfortable with. Personally, I'd love a case like this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017QQWTIG/ref=s9_hps_bw_g147_i6 ; if you can make a similar case that can boast the masterful functionality shown in your video, while holding onto the keyboard like in this product's, I will be the first in line to buy the product. For anyone else that reads this post, if you have a suggestion on a similar case that I linked, please kindly point me in the right direction, thank you.

    Edit: Isaiah, if you have a case that simply covers the ZC and does not carry the keyboard, I'd gladly buy it. I actually rarely use the keyboard during class, and simply just bring the ZC by itself.
     
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    Hello! has there been any progress on this? With the recent microsoftstore sale, I'm sure lots of folks will be looking for cases (such as me).

    Do you still need a donor? I'm in Seattle.
     
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    As a purchaser of the original Flipsteady for the EP121 (still love it :thumbsup:), I second this.

    Compatibility with keyboard attachment is a low priority, as extra peripherals (such as the keyboard and adapter) I store in a separate pocket anyways, to reduce holding weight.

    If redesigning for the keyboard will cause a significant time/resource investment, I think it would be better to simply modify the existing Flipsteady design to fit the Z Canvas dimensions. I'll be your first customer! :vbwink:
     
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