for smart devices
The iPhone and iPad have revolutionized the way we use computers. The intuitive touch interface has changed the world. Millions of apps in Apple and Google stores impressively demonstrate the versatility of smartphones and tablets. With many apps you typically have the phone or tablet in your hand. For some scenarios, however, you may want to place the iPad on the table (at an angle) or use it flat against the wall. With our products – smart things – we want to make these uses easier. In order to offer complete solutions, we include power supply and security for the mobile devices, so that in the end we can speak of integration in buildings. The building can just as easily be a ship, a car or an aeroplane. The iPad is an all-purpose machine.
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How it began
Why are there no iPad wall mounts that look good even without an iPad?
This question led to the founding of smart:)things in 2011.
For several months, the team of the agency ergon3 Design worked on a wall mount whose design concept was convincing even without an iPad. Agency owner Thomas Detemple presented the result to TQ Group owners Detlef Schneider and Rüdiger Stahl. They were so enthusiastic that the joint company smart:)things was founded just one month later.
“The name of the company is our programme,” explains founder and managing director Thomas Detemple. We develop innovative products with high demands on functionality and design. The focus is on accessories for mobile devices, computers.
The company is based in Gauting near Munich in the middle of Bavaria’s Silicon Valley.
The TQ Group is a globally active service provider for electronic assemblies and systems. It regularly ranks among Bavaria’s 50 best companies. TQ supports us in the development and production of electronic components in particular.
ergon3 Design does industrial design and specialises in the fields of electronics, industry, transportation and interface. Many of the smart things products have been created with the support of ergon3 Design.
Developing products with a long lifespan is challenging for accessories for mobile devices and computers, as phones and tablets change quickly. We want to enable updates or upgrades the products so the user can use those products as long as possible. For the design of the products, this means looking for a sensible modular structure, screwing instead of gluing.
smart things products from 2021 will completely dispense with plastic packaging. We invite all suppliers and trading partners to join us on this journey. We are not at the end of the journey here. The topic of sustainability will determine the products of the future much more than many can imagine today.
Our first product was on sale for a week when Apple announced the change from the 30pin connector to Lightning. As our product was modular, we were able to offer an upgrade kit for the products with 30pin electronics. This was very well received by our customers. Our sDock Air for 9.7” iPads was compatible with 6 different iPads after 6 years! Of course, that was also a stroke of luck.