An 11-year old by the name of Dino Zaharakis is making a lot of news
this week, and we suspect it's just the start of what will end up being a
nice design career. The kid has apparently (with the help of his
faimly, we're guessing) designed a new dock that can be used to hold the
, Kindle or almost any other portable/handheld gadget, and while
it looks mostly like bent steel, it's a nice, simple design that's made
here in the USA.
The goal was to create an iPad
stand that could be used without
disconnecting a cable, could hold a device in both portrait and
landscape modes, could hold a device in a way that video calling could
be easily achieved and accommodate a number of alternative devices as
well. The result was the dzdock ONE, which is made in PA and available
now in black, silver, white, red, pink, lime and blue for $29.99 (or
$19.99 with a coupon). It's a little bit of an attention grab, but the
dock actually does look pretty elegant.
11 Year Old Invents Revolutionary iPad Stand
dzdock ONE patent pending universal aluminum stand with unique wire management, designed for optimum video conferencing
BETHLEHEM, Pa., Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The inability of many iPad docks and iPhone docks to accommodate the devices with a case led this 11 year old to invent an iPad stand. He also noticed that although many devices were designed in the USA, few were made in the USA.
His goal was to develop a stand that could:
* place/remove a device without disconnecting its cable
* hold a device with/without a skin in both portrait and landscape modes
* have viewing angles that were optimized for video conferencing
* have it made in the USA
* accommodate iPad, Kindle, nook, tablets, iPhone and other smartphones
"One for all and all for One" became their motto.
The inventing bug hit 11-year-old Dino Zaharakis while playing lacrosse in Saucon Valley. He painted some stripes on his helmet so he would stand out among his teammates and his mom could find him. A month later he wanted his lacrosse stick to be unique too. He dyed the head of his stick, a concept his friends loved. To capitalize on that idea, Dino came up with a business plan, which included order forms, a web site and a $5-per color price.
Born in New York City and growing up in the rust-belt city of Bethlehem, PA, Dino knows the importance of hard work, locally-made products and American pride. Bethlehem Steel Corp was once a gem of American industry, having been so powerful that during World War II, its laborers churned out a Navy battleship in a single day. But the plant has been long-shuttered, and a casino now stands where its mighty blast furnaces once roared.
Dino's entrepreneurial spirit blossomed again when his parents reviewed summer camps on the family's iPad. His father had rigged an impromptu iPad stand, but Dino found several design flaws and suggested he could do better. His dad challenged him:
If he could design an iPad dock and web site he could get a phone.
Dino's mind went into high gear. He set to work manipulating pieces of aluminum stock from McMaster-Carr, using a Home Depot miter saw and a vise. He made several prototypes. The favorites were dubbed Curly 3 Stooges, Alpha Slick and Big Z.
Finally, ONE was created by including the best features/abilities of each prototype.
With the initial design concept set, Dino's dad took him to Northampton Community College's Fab Lab where they created 3D solid models using Solidworks and later created prototypes using a Dimension 3D printer. A parent on Dino's lacrosse team helped them get dzdock One patent pending.
They approached a local company, Hill Metal Co. in Allentown, PA where their expertise and equipment allowed them to produce real prototypes. Dino's lacrosse coach and owner of Bracalente Manufacturing suggested giving dzdocks an anodized finish.
Next they worked on the web site, packaging, bar codes, listing dzdock on Amazon.com and creating a new corporation named ZLabs, Inc.
In keeping local they chose Pennsylvania based companies, including Electro Space Fabricators for production manufacturing, and IMP for anodizing dzdock.
dzdock One fulfills Dino's vision of a locally manufactured product using locally-sourced materials. Yes, we still can do it.
dzdock One is available for $29.99 in black, white, silver, red, pink, lime and blue at www.dzdock.com and Amazon.com. Use the promotional code of DZPRNEWS at www.buy.dzdock.com until Christmas and you can buy a dzdock for $19.99.
For more info please visit www.dzdock.com/aboutdzdock.php