Our posture is terrible. We slouch, hunch over, and generally make a mess of our spines more often than not while working on our computers. Laptops are usually worse, since they sit flat on your desk and don’t always offer the best viewing angles. Enter the FLIO Kickstarter.
Vlad Butucariu used to experiment with other types of items to try and keep his laptop at a reasonable viewing level. Picking up anything he could find that might make for a good laptop stand proved fruitless, so he turned to his imagination and the FLIO was born. He refined the stand into something close to what it is today, and was surprised to find that his friends and colleagues wanted one too!
The FLIO stand really is an interesting concept. The three pieces that comprise the stand flatten out when not in use. FLIO can easily be slipped into a backpack, laptop bag, etc. and you won’t have to worry about losing any of the pieces because they’re held together with magnets. FLIO angles your laptop keyboard so that the screen is at a more reasonable height, while still providing a comfortable platform for typing.
FLIO also helps keep your laptop cool. The cutouts on the wood stand provide better airflow around your laptop.
FLIO is determined to use sustainable materials as well. From the Kickstarter:
Sustainable. Flio was made with sustainability in mind, that’s why we went for wood. Wood is warm, has beautiful texture and doesn’t affect the environment as plastic would, at production as well as at the end of the product’s life. We don’t just pay attention to quality but also to hallmarks and certifications. All wood panels come from plantations compliant to FSC or PEFC regulations, assuring a fair purchase from manufacturers.
Not only is the FLIO sustainable, it’s also strong. Here you can see two FLIO stands holding over 60 pounds. If you have a laptop that weighs over 30 pounds, I’d be awfully impressed.
There are currently five different wood options for the FLIO: The standard model is a standard hardboard with a smooth texture. Other options include oil tempered hardboard, Eucalyptus, Beech wood, and Bamboo. The Bamboo model looks amazing, and as long as it will hold my Chromebook (which I’ll measure when I get home) that’ll be the one I order!
Measurements are important, because the front lip of your laptop/Chromebook/etc. needs to have a certain amount of height for the FLIO stand to properly hold it. You can refer to the image below to get an idea of what is needed.
The FLIO Kickstarter really needs your help. There’s just over 11 days left to raise roughly 11,000 euro. The lowest price of entry on the Kickstarter to receive a standard hardboard FLIO stand is 27 euro (roughly $33), with the alternate wood stands coming in at 33 euro (roughly $41). There are also options to have your FLIO engraved, and there’s even a smaller keychain version of FLIO for your phone. Check out their Kickstarter, and if FLIO looks like something you could use, consider backing their project at the source link below.
Source: FLIO Kickstarter