Local inventor strives to develop solutions for the disabled

Anthony Lozano is consumed with his passion to use his tools and craft in order to solve everyday challenges for many businesses and now, that passion has extended to his development of the Cradle Stand, an innovative design enabling individuals with dexterity challenges to use their smartphones or certain tablets or pads.

   Kevin Giblin using his smartphone sitting on a Cradle Stand

Kevin Giblin using his smartphone sitting on a Cradle Stand

The Cradle has three slots that accepts most smartphones with the widest slot coming in at 1/2".  It also sports rubber feet that would prevent slippage of the stand.  It is built using high density polyethylene HDPE polymer, coming in at one inch thick, 3 1/2" wide by 5 3/4" in length.

Anthony's original inspiration behind the Cradle Stand was someone close to him who lost the use of one hand who, using the Cradle Stand, was able to use his phone while it sat in the cradle.  He further validated its use when he ran into Kevin Giblin, a C-5/C-6 quadriplegic, who has had a spinal cord injury since 1980 and was looking for a tool similar to the Cradle.  "We ran into each other earlier this year at Tap Plastics and next thing you know it, he's telling me he's looking for something that I've already built." said Anthony.  Kevin had put together his own stand using two plastic literature holders.  And so, he started playing around with the Cradle Stand and has been using it ever since.

   The Cradle Stand

The Cradle Stand

For 22 years, Anthony was a facilities manager for the San Francisco 49ers.  He founded Lodging Innovations, his current company, in 2005, specializing in building wall mounts for TVs in the hotel rooms.  This mount is installed in over 35,000 hotel rooms.  His knowledge in industrial design has led to developments of various other products, including the Cradle Stand.

Anthony's sister is essentially a quadriplegic as a result of Multiple Sclerosis, making him qualified to better understand how this product assists someone with a physical disability.  To validate his design, he even had an ergonomic product review of the product done by an ergonomic assessment company to confirm and verify the quality and use of the product.  The Cradle works with the latest iPhone that uses facial recognition to unlock the phone as the angle is sufficient to allow for that to take place.

The Cradle Stand is available for sale on Amazon for $25 including shipping.