12-Year-Old Invents Universal Stand for Tablets and Smartphones
Dino Zaharakis plans to take his dzdock to the digital masses.
December 29, 2011 by Rachel Cericola

We’ve seen a lot of different docking stations over the years. While the dzdock may seem a little low-tech, it has one thing that other docks don’t have: an inventor that’s a real charmer.

Dino Zaharakis is the inventor of the dzdock. He’s also 12-years-old. Zaharakis came up with the idea for the dzdock when he noticed that there were a lot of iPad and iPhone docks, but none that could accommodate those devices when packed inside a case.

He also noticed that although many devices were designed in the USA, few were actually made in the USA.

During the design phase, Zaharakis had a few requirements for the dzdock. First, he wanted something that was universal. It needed to accommodate the iPad, Kindle, NOOK, and other tablets, as well as the iPhone and other smartphones. He also wanted it to hold those devices, with and without skin, in both portrait and landscape modes. Next, users needed to be able to place or remove the device without disconnecting its cable.

Last, but certainly not least, he wanted the dzdock to be designed and made in the USA.

“Only in America can an idea become a company with sales in more than 20 countries in a period of 6 months!” said Zaharakis’ father. “Dino is the driving force. Throughout the year he juggles school, piano, football, lacrosse, swim team, Greek school… and still has the energy to work on dzdock prototypes, check on sales and visit the local manufacturing plants.”

The patent-pending dzdock has an MSRP of $29.95. However, we’ve seen the dzdock on Amazon and available through the dzdock website for $10 less.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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