Tablet Shoulder Holster
Most tablets, in spite of their portability promises, stay at home. They introduce a new management problem: a purse or a handbag. Sometimes one doesn’t want to carry around fifty other things, so the handbag is awkwardly big. Most of them are loose. If you bike, it’s all over the place. A shoulder holster seems to be a very practical solution overcoming this inconvenience.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Carter solves for balance and slickness of movement. It is a crossbreed between a pocket and a handbag that has braces. The braces are highly adjustable and super comfy. It is special tailored to safely host an iPad mini or other 8' tablets. Alternatively it can hold a wallet, a passport and a phone, a book or even a game console. The holster has no opening on its outer side, making it theft proof and very convenient for the commuter’s lifestyle.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Functionality of the holster is slightly different than a shoulder bag. It is more compact and stays tight to the body by connecting the braces to the trousers. More tension in the suspenders allow for more freedom to move without any impediment. Accessing the tablet is fast and easy, the flap has ferm magnets securing the closing. Optionally, the long brace can be detached allowing it to be worn just on the left shoulder like a bag.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The development of the product started January 2015 in Timisoara, Romania and was finalized in September. It was showcased in Vogue's Hot List March edition.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Crafting the holster is almost like building a shoe. Similarities are also in the materials used: 3 types of leather combined together with thermoformed PU reinforcement which keeps the main shape. The whole product is made of 30 pieces and 12 distinct components.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
tablet shoulder holster, ipad case, tan leather sleeve, carter gear
In the beginning I was convinced this product will need elastic suspenders but I didn't know how to actually make them easy to use for everyone. So I did some prototypes just to run a few trials. People who didn't know what it is about were involved and asked to try the "thing". Apart from having a lot of fun I narrowed down the issues they encountered with every new trial session.
Perhaps the most difficult task was to find the best way to thermoform the exterior wall making as little concessions as possible from concept to real functional product.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Paul Stet and Victor Vulpe