If you saw our gallery of influential Kickstarter projects, you’ll know that Kickstarter has been the starting point for many successful niche products and accessories. The Slate Mobile AirDesk is another good example of a Kickstarter success.
This bamboo lap desk that makes for a stylish and functional mobile work surface for a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro or just about any other laptop. It began as a Kickstarter project seeking $6,500 but ended up raising over $111,000 in just 15 days. Clearly, the demand is there, even though Apple (AAPL) and other consumer electronics manufacturers would never tackle such a small segment.
While many of these products cover the basic requirements for a lap desk — protection from the heat a laptop like a MacBook Pro can throw off, a flat surface to place the PC and somewhere to use a mouse — some are flimsy, some lack sufficient space or cable management, and many I’ve seen are downright industrial and ugly looking.
If you spend any time working on a laptop while sitting in a chair, the Slate Mobile AirDesk is designed to be the ultimate lap desk. I’ve had one for a month now and I consider it one of the best investments you can make in a laptop, Ultrabook or MacBook accessory.