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Where It All Started

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I remember being on a flight over the holiday season just two years ago, the plane’s entertainment system was broken even though the flight crew had restarted it several times. Luckily for me, the flight was only 4 hours, so I figured I could just suffer in silence. Suddenly, I remembered that I had downloaded some movies to my phone some time back and that gave me the opportunity to at least distract myself for the remainder of the flight. I pulled out my iPhone and launched the app to start the movie, holding my device in my hand and resting my elbow on the armrest… seat “A” is window seat, so I didn't have to fight for it. I put in my headphones and begun playing the movie until a few minutes later when in-flight service reached my row. I ran out of time to grab something while at the airport, so I ordered a complementary beverage and expensive snack box.

I sat there a second, phone in one hand, lap tray down and loaded full of stuff, and wondered what was I going to do now? Do I stop the movie and toss the phone in the seat back pouch only to dig it out later with food partials, a used tissue or something else gross stuck to it from previous travelers? Do I sit on it or how about try to balance it against my meal packaging? I then noticed the airline had provided literature in the head rest pocket of the seat in front of me. I quickly called up the powers of origami and begun folding the free magazine into a shelf to hold my phone, it wasn’t great… my phone kept sliding around and any turbulence I had to catch it before it crashed to the floor, only to be lost until we landed and I search all around the floor… sticky, ew.

When my meal was over and all the trash was collected, I stayed hunched over for the remainder of the trip; phone in hand… watching my movie and ignoring the grumblings of the children now bored out of the minds behind me. Oh yeah, now I remember why I should have invested in noise canceling head phones. Doh! Touchdown, it’s all over… I’ve arrived at my destination only to need to stretch out my neck and wonder why I lost the feeling in my left pinky. Well, I say it’s all over, but in reality I still have a taxis, hotel check in, and if at all possible… a firm mattress to straighten my back out again.

In contrast, today with VuWing, I just put my phone into the adjustable grips, slide it into various holding areas… keeping my hands free and neck more upright. It’s weird, might not work for every situation, and damn hard to explain. Traveling with it though, gives me options I have just never had before.




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