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‘Octa’ Category

Kickstarter Reward Fulfillment

June 12, 2014

Designing Kickstarter Rewards and Add-Ons with Logistics in Mind

Octa ran its first Kickstarter campaign in January 2013 to fund the Monkey Kit.  The Monkey Kit is part of the TabletTail accessories system, which includes modular parts that can be paired to hold any tablet in any position.  Partway into the campaign, Octa decided to offer another TabletTail component—the WhaleTail—as an add-on reward.  The WhaleTail is a cute and compact tablet handle and stand; we were excited to make it available to our backers.  Unfortunately, the choice to offer this add-on greatly complicated our Kickstarter reward fulfillment. (more…)

iOS Connectivity Apps for the Elderly

September 9, 2013

OWK_GandP_001Helping the Elderly Stay in Touch

In our bustling age of modern technology, we often forget that there are users out there who are not as familiar with the ins and outs of iPads, iPhones, apps, accessories, and other fun gadgets. Some grandparents are well-versed in Apple speak, but many still need a little bit of help. Despite the generation gap, more and more senior citizens are finding ways to keep in touch with their family and friends with their smart devices. If your grandparents have an iPad or tablet, here’s how to help them stay connected with the best apps for the elderly. (more…)

From Octa HQ: Let the Banter Begin

May 25, 2012

Photo of the Octa team. Octa creates products which work as iPad stands, iPad holders, and iPad handles.Here at Octa, our desire to make technology easier extends beyond helping you hold your tablet.  While inventing the TabletTail line (of iPad grip and positioning accessories), we asked ourselves how we could become a positive and continuing presence in the lives of our customers. (more…)

The Highs and Lows of Launching a Tablet, e-Reader & iPad Accessory

January 10, 2012

Nate on Way to Consumer Electronics Show to Launch iPad HolderFor the last year and a half, co-founders Prometheus Trotsky and Nikki Braziel (your writer) have been working feverishly to build a business to support the launch of the TabletTail line, a group of interchangeable iPad accessories they invented that work with any tablet or e-reader. Now, we’re on a (very slow-moving) shuttle bus to the Las Vegas Convention Center to ring in 2012 International CES. We have our team with us, wearing Octa shirts, and we’re carrying one very strange package.

Booth 6221 has been its own mini-journey. After securing Quantum Foam 3D reflective wallpaper from a very generous Louise Wakefield at Beware the Moon, we backed the booth in its glow. Then we set about working with Brian Pinkham of PhotonicBliss to design and engineer a suction-reactive LED display table. Finally, we cut a beautiful frosted plexiglass Octa sign. We packed it all in a crate, crossed our fingers and shipped us to CES.

At the Convention Hall on Sunday, we located our booth behind the Great Wall of Moshi, a monolithic and impressive display of iPhone cases and iPad accessories. Our crate was no where to be found. After a bit of searching, we located it misplaced an aisle away. We flagged a forklift driver and started building. LED table intact. Check. Quantum Foam wall secured. Check. OCTA sign? CRACK!!!

Our beautiful sign snapped in two. Scope out Octa on Facebook to see pictures of the saga. It involved a crash-prone taxi driver, getting stranded in suburban Vegas, foam core, spray painting in a parking lot, a bus, an exacto knife, and several Wynn towels covered in green acrylic. Now we’re on the slow bus to the convention hall, carrying our revived sign wrapped in craft paper. We’re ready to share our iPad accessory — the result of our hard work, tenacity and excitement. Look for the Vacuum Dock + WhaleTail, launching today! But first, look for our beautiful repaired sign in booth 6221.