For a while had been wanting to experiment with having touchscreens around the house to add more home control options to a location. Having a smartphone and older iPod touches used as remote controls, I knew they aren't always within reach or easily found when you need them. So having a touchpad/pod/screen mounted in certain locations might add convenience. I wanted more of a dock than a permanent mount and something like the iPort hadn't existed yet and I wasn't going to pay for something that cost as much as the tablet. I tried machining many single-gang switch/blank plates to fix my iPods permanently to the wall once I figured there wasn't a way to make a dock work given the charging cable design. I kept exploring my options and ideas, and then the HP Touchpad Fire-sale happened. It wasn't long after seeing the inductive charging in action that the idea to stick a Touchstone charger in the wall came about.