At a time when cell phone use for drivers is consider a moving violation in several states, many “road warriors” are struggling for safe ways to conduct business on the road. And under initial scrutiny, the idea of conducting business in the car may seem downright dangerous. Unfortunately, it’s a necessity for some professionals (including those in the facilities field). For the folks at Officeinacar, this was a problem just itching for a solution.
The company recently debuted its new product, Deskinacar, a portable utility desk that weighs less than four pounds and can be stowed in most 17″ laptop bags. Deskinacar provides a car desk/lap desk for the businessperson on the move, whether traveling in and out of airports, rental cars, hotel rooms, college campuses, or sprawling business parks – whenever and wherever immediate desk space is needed.
“As an insurance adjuster, I am always on the lookout for any tool or gadget that might improve my ‘mobile’ office. With Deskinacar, the desk is much larger than the bottom of my car seat, so it can accommodate much more of my work, and it prevents me from tearing up my car seat. It also makes a nice sturdy platform for my portable printer. It fits perfectly inside my computer cases, so I can take it anywhere I go,” says Randy Inman, president, Inman Insurance Services.
The Deskinacar has a durable polycarbonate frame with a soft, rubberized grippy material that resists items placed on it from sliding off. The desk measures 22″ by 16 3/4″ while open and can be leveled in the passenger car seat with the attached poly-web belt. It can be used unfolded as a very large lap desk or can be quickly folded in half to create a heat-absorbing laptop desk, measuring 11″ by 16 3/4″ by 1″. Officeinacar, Inc. also has plans to develop the product with additions such as legs.
The inventor of the Deskinacar is Lee Evans, who, while working as a part of a catastrophe team for a major insurance company, found himself on assignments requiring frequent air travel and needing to carry more than one computer, a portable printer, briefcase, and luggage. In transit or on inspections, he had to have constant access to his computer and the Internet and able to set up a portable office, especially when he was in a foreign city.
The idea of lugging around a large car desk was simply out of the question. The problem he needed to solve was: “How do I set up a functional yet portable mobile office in my rental car?” Evans found the solution, and two and one-half years after establishing Officeinacar, Inc., he launched Deskinacar. The product is currently patent pending.