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Ridgefield Native Mike Deutsch Gets A Handle On Gap In The Tablet Market

Mike Deutsch demonstrating the G-Hold. Photo Credit: Contributed
Deutsch is a Ridgefield High School graduate. Photo Credit: Contributed
The G-Hold only requires the use of two fingers. Photo Credit: Contributed
The G-Hold only requires the use of two fingers. Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Two men, including Ridgefield High School graduate Mike Deutsch, are launching a website for a new product to help people who can't seem to get comfortable holding an iPad or tablet to get a better grip.

Six years ago, current Brookfielder and Ridgefield native Deutsch met Steve Semler, of Green Valley, Ariz., at a tech conference. Deutsch had just dropped his tablet while trying to show a potential client a video of his product on his iPad. After dropping and cracking two previous tablets, Deutsch was frustrated.

Coincidentally, they met Alison Grieves, a United Kingdom product designer at the same conference, promoting her newest Kickstarter project, the G-Hold tablet holder.

This week, the two men launched . Their first and featured product is the tablet holder. An almost hands-free tablet holder, G-Hold , designed in the U.K., frees up one hand to be able to easily hold a tablet with just two fingers with the other, without having to grip the sides.

Their plans are to expand their inventory, but not venture far from their original goal: to make devices of all sizes easier and more ergonomic to handle and manage. In the works are a state of the art blue tooth device finder, an innovative tablet stand, and a hands free cell phone gadget similar to the G-hold that also doubles as a cell phone stand.

“We see these products working both for recreational use- think cooking in the kitchen following a recipe on your iPad, for instance, or for professionals- presenters, students, teachers, doctors or nurses, most of whom carry tablets but could use a free hand, and for seniors, who seem to have a hard time juggling devices," said Deutsch, in a statement.

“We’ve experienced many situations where we need our tablets and we need our hands. We are dedicated to making everyday tasks with handheld devices, which we are all carrying around anyway, less awkward and safer. We think we’ve found a solution to this problem, and plan on expanding on it for the future with complimentary products," Semler agreed.

For more information or to see the website, visit .

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