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Get Comfeee With Cozeee

Two local women have teamed up to create Cozeee, a holder for iPads and e-readers that will enable you to use the devices hands-free.

Picture this: You're relaxing in bed with your Kindle, and instead of having to awkwardly balance the e-reader on your knees, you simply slip it into a Cozeee and read away. 

The Cozeee looks likes a pillow and holds iPads, tablets and e-readers so you can use the devices hands-free. Cozeee is the brainchild of  Seal Beach resident Shannon Richardson and her business partner, Huntington Beach resident Wendy Osborn.

"Cozeee came about because Shannon and I were talking about how tiring it became to hold our iPads in our hands while using them and we were joking about taping the iPad to a pillow to hold it in place," Osborn said. "The light bulb went off, so to speak, and Cozeee was born."

Richardson, an Arcadia High School graduate who co-owns The 9 Salon in Monrovia, and Osborn, a waitress who graduated from Monrovia High School, met as children when their parents dated for a time.

Though their parents' romance didn't last, Osborn and Richardson's friendship did. The pair "are like sisters" and even have birthdays just one day apart (Richardson's is Jan. 27, Osborn's is Jan. 28.)

Richardson and Osborn said they've always loved to toss around invention ideas in the hopes of going into business together. Cozeee seemed like just the ticket.

"We are two girls trying to make our dreams come true," Richardson said.

To that end, the women have turned to Kickstarter.com. They have 22 more days left to raise the $25,000 they need to get Cozeee off the ground. To date, the women have six backers who have donated a total of $270.

Richardson and Osborn have big dreams for Cozeee. They say they hope to create more Cozeee products and see Cozeees carried by most retail stores that sell tablets and accompanying accessories.

But more importantly, Richardson, a single mom to a 6-year-old boy, says she wants to show her son "it's OK to dream big and go for it." Meanwhile, Osborn, a breast cancer survivor, said she wants to use Cozeee as a means to give back to the organizations that helped save her life.

The best friends say the concept of Cozeee has received a positive response so far.

"We have many who are already asking where can they buy one, and others respond with comments such as 'genius,' and 'what a great idea, I definitely need one,'" Osborn said.

To donate to Cozeee, visit Richardson's and Osborn's Kickstarter.com page. The minimum donation is $1. For more information, go to Cozeee's Facebook page.

Gayle M. Montgomery February 06, 2013 at 09:46 PM
I wish them all the best in their endeavour. I'm not sure that qualifies as a hands-free device for driving purposes unless they're using Siri to dial or otherwise answer questions. Under the 2013 enacted law, Siri qualifies for hands free (though you do have to hold the button down). As for holding them, I bought one of the first release but, as time has gone on, and my physical strength diminished due to arthritis, I replaced it with the Mini. I get all the same benefits, but on a lighter device. The iPad 1 was recycled and given to my daughter-in-law, who uses is for nursing school. What I'm hoping is Shannon and Wendy are successful with Kickstarter, and then we soon see them on Sharks!
Patricia McCown February 10, 2013 at 05:12 AM
This is a great product! I don't have an iPad but if I did I would buy this. Time to go on Shark Tank :)

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