The XOOT system has gone through many revisions. The diagram above shows a sampling of prior designs (there were several others).
Early designs used counterweights. They have an advantage where you can slide the base all around the desk (no clamps needed). However, they: are big, are heavy, bump into things, can pinch fingers and complicate shipping. Designing with counterweights was abandon in favor of anti-toppling arms. Anti-toppling arms attach the XOOT system base to the back of the desk. When the screen tilts forward they prevent the base from toppling over and the screen from falling in your lap. (Anti-Toppling Arms are patent pending)
Designs started out as garage built prototypes and eventually transitioned to professionally designed and built prototypes. People from many fields contributed to the later designs: ergonomists, designers, mechanical engineers, computer engineers and manufacturing engineers.
Design → Prototype → Test → Repeat
Each prototype iteration was shown to many potential user groups. Their comments and opinions guided the next round of designs. Each prototype introduced improvements to address comments and suggestions of the previous prototype.
The upcoming XOOT design is the culmination of a continuous improvement process. Although the designs have had many changes and multiple contributors the end goal was always the same “How do you quickly and easily move a display between monitor and touchscreen modes.”