ChillBed designs heat sink laptop/tablet stand, wins approval of Dragons’ Den judge

As laptop and tablet computers get smaller and smaller, overheating problems become worse and worse. The tight spaces won’t fit many (if any) fans to keep them cool, so heat sinks are the only way of regulating heat to prevent damage. After all, they don’t build the back of the iPad out of aluminum for nothing — aluminum makes a great heat sink.

The heat-absorbing qualities of aluminum were not lost on Vancouver entrepreneur Adam Berson. He’s the man behind ChillBeds, a line of aluminum rests and stands for laptops and tablets that helps cool them down by absorbing heat into the stands’ aluminum bodies.

Berson was looking for a cooling stand for his Macbook, but was disappointed by the offerings he could find at the Mac Market. So, the then-furniture designer used his skills to create a new stand.

For Berson, traditional “cooling pads” — those heavy, thick pads sold with older laptops that had a bank of computer fans to blow cool air into the laptop body — were unnecessary. Not only is the size problematic, but the fans use up energy from the laptop itself, tend to be of low quality and break down easily. The aluminum heat sink became Berson’s solution.

After designing a few prototypes, the owner of Mac Market decided to sell his product in his store in fall 2010. After that, Berson was off to the races selling his new product to stores across the country. The self-funded, one-man company has dealers across Canada and still operates out of Berson’s shop in Vancouver, despite all the positive press his product has received.

Speaking of positive press, ChillBeds got a boost in that department by winning a contest held on Monday by CBC Vancouver, a sort of mini-Dragons’ Den event done on video. Local entrepreneurs submitted videos of their products for a chance to be in the final three, to be judged by Brett Wilson, a judge on CBC’s Dragons’ Den.

ChillBeds made it to the final three, and ultimately won the day. His prize, aside from further publicity for his product, is the chance to audition for the real Dragons’ Den in Toronto. So stay tuned to the CBC, and if you see a guy selling aluminum laptop stands, remember: he’s on the home team.

The ChillBed line is as simple as it is practical. There are three models currently in production: one is for laptops (which comes in three sizes), and the other two are for tablets, which not only absorb the heat, but function as a stand to position the tablet (in either portrait or landscape position) like a traditional computer monitor. Unlike other tablet stands, ChillBed is designed to fit a variety of models in a variety of positions, with or without cases/sleeves, and even has a hole in the back to thread cabling through.

For more information on ChillBeds, including where to buy them, click here.